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This has been bothering me a lot. When closing a window, the system does not give the focus to the previously focused window. Let me give an example.

Right now, I'm working with Google Chrome and it is focused (active). I decide to open up nautilus and check a file. When I'm done with nautilus, when I close it, it should automatically return the focus to Google Chrome (previously focused window), but it doesn't. No window is focused, not even desktop.

Is there a solution for this problem?

note: I'm using Unity 2D, but I don't think this is the reason.

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What has focus when you close Chrome? – Evan Carroll Jan 31 '13 at 17:38
Hmm. I'm using Lubuntu. To test, I'm responding via this comment using Chrome but I also have a text editor (Leafpad) open. I'm going to alt-tab from Chrome to Leafpad, type something into Leafpad, save it, and then close Leafpad (with Alt+spacebar, C). I expect that Chrome will be the active window and that I can just continue typing this comment. And that is just what happens. – user25656 Jan 31 '13 at 17:41
@EvanCarroll When I close the secondly opened program, nothing has focus. I guess the desktop does. Any ideas? – Amin Jan 31 '13 at 17:52
@vasa1 So are you saying that yours works correctly? :/ – Amin Jan 31 '13 at 17:52
This is certainly a bug. It didn't always do this, but it does hurt the efficiency of using Ubuntu. I have this problem with 13.04. haven't found a solution yet. – henry74 Jul 23 '13 at 14:46
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Ok I found out what the problem was.

I was using "Glx-Dock / Cairo-Dock" and it was stealing the focus on every window close. I couldn't find a solution or even a single bug report on the net, so I just uninstalled it and now I'm fine.

And BTW, thanks for the down votes. I'm wondering how ridiculous my problem was to receive down votes :)

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The better way is to use compiz "Window Rules" to avoid focusing cairo-dock:

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Could you provide some specific details and steps for the OP to follow in your answer besides a link? – Kevin Bowen Apr 10 '13 at 6:53

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