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Isn't there a way to force all apps to start up minimized or make them load in the background so they won't be opened on top of the window that I'm working on, besides making the window to be always on top?

I notice lot of similar questions like this one get blindly answered with solution that involves fiddling with window rules setting in CompizConfig > General > Focus & Raise Behavior but that actually does nothing to prevent this kind of focus stealing.

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Different applications use different flags to start minimized, and not all have this functionality. You have to look at each man page individually and hand-edit each .desktop file in ~/.local/share/applications. Are you willing to do this? If not, try using Devilspie. Some good instructions are here in this question, which is the exact opposite of yours. –  Tom Brossman Jul 15 '12 at 18:44

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Check GDevilSpie from the Software Center, here is a tutorial http://www.webupd8.org/2011/02/how-to-start-applications-minimized.html

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That's exactly what I need! Why we can't have something like this built into Compiz by default? –  Flint Jul 16 '12 at 1:25

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