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How do I set focus follows mouse?

Is there a way to set up "focus follows mouse" behavior in Unity?
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Prevent windows from stealing focus

I'm using Maverick with Compiz enabled. I've searched AskUbuntu and Google. AskUbuntu doesn't have anything on this topic and everything Google turns up is a couple years old. I'm doing browser ...
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Gnome Shell: Move windows to front on launch (No more “… is ready to use” notifications)

I've been using Gnome Shell with Ubuntu for few days now and have experienced really annoying behaviour with new windows. Sometimes when I use another window and press e.g. Alt + Ctrl + T to open new ...
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What's the difference between “mouse” and “sloppy”?

From the GConf key description: The window focus mode indicates how windows are activated. It has three possible values; "click" means windows must be clicked in order to focus them, "sloppy" ...
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Window focus confusion in unity

I like having focus prevention set to high, so that I don't have some stupid auto-launched app steal my typing in the middle of something else. Unfortunately, Unity keeps focus on the right window ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 Calculator does not get focus when opened from keyboard shortcut

I am using a Microsoft Natural® Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 on my Ubuntu 14.04 x64 and since I upgraded from Ubuntu 13.10 I noticed that the Calculator application does not get focus when started from the ...
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Wolfram Mathematica on Ubuntu 12.10: no window focus on help browser [closed]

The help browser of Wolfram Mathematica is not getting window focus when clicked on it. Clicking links or buttons in the help browser works without the window focus, but copying code from or typing in ...
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How do I set GNOME to “focus follows mouse”? [duplicate]

I have two monitors that I use for development. I would like to use sloppy focus for switching between windows. sloppy focus -- whatever you mouse is hovering over is in focus. I know it's available ...
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Newly opened applications open in background

I'm running Ubuntu 13.04 on an ASUS X201EP. Often, when I launch a program (usually chromium or the file manager) it will open in the background, behind the currently opened window. This is very ...
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How can I change focus when a game locks it?

I am playing Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, and when I play it in windowed mode, I can't change focus from the game to something else (Alt+Tab doesn't work).
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How to drag from a background window to the front window

Is the following I will explain possible with a key combination? Here is the image: As you can see, the terminal is the focus window (Front window) and Nautilus is in the background (Back Window). ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 mouse and window focus issues

So I just installed Ubuntu 14.04 tonight and I'm having this weird issue with my mouse and window focus. I can't seem to click on any Unity Launcher icons. More over I can't click on unfocused ...
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How to recover focus after losing it while using Wine

Sometimes when using Wine, specially with Games, doing ALT+TAB will make the system loose either keyboard or mouse focus over the current active window. With this I mean that for example, if I do ...
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How do I prevent webpages from stealing focus in Webkit?

I use a gtk TreeView to display different websites in my Python program. When the selected rows change, the web page is updated to the url field in the store. This works nicely, but a lot of web pages ...
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how to make new window always raise-up?

I got an issue of Ubuntu 13.10, the new created window does not always raise-up to the front. It is annoying, which makes me have to click the icons on unity launcher to focus on the new window. ...
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Unity launcher right click focus

When right clicking an icon in the Unity launcher, the menu comes up but i cant select anything. Its like Unity does not have focus at all. I have to click somewhere on the desktop and then the right ...
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Wrong window focus behaviour in Unity, but not GNOME Shell

I just upgraded from 11.04 to 11.10, and I'm noticing a strange window behaviour that I can't seem to fix. Basically it seems like all windows have focus, as shown in this screenshot: It happens ...
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How to automatically bring an activated window to the foreground?

When I have a file browser and an image viewer opened and I double click a photo, the image viewer doesn't jump to the foreground, its icon just shakes a bit and acquires a glow around it, and I have ...
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Conky taking focus off ubuntu desktop (14.04)

Whenever I close all of any open windows, the Ubuntu Desktop is not brought back into focus and the title bar stays blank. Due to this, the key combos, the power key, the media keys dont work. I ...
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Deeper drop shadow for focused windows gone in 11.10 [closed]

In 11.04, the window in focus had a deeper drop shadow to make it look like it was closer to the user. This feature seems gone in 11.10. Was this intentional and will this behavior return?
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Unity 14.04 - left click to raise window with focus-follows-mouse

After upgrading to 14.04, right-clicking on the titlebar no longer raises the window. I use focus-follows-mouse and historically use the titlebar to promote windows to the foreground. Is there a way ...
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How to control the focus system in 12.04

I recently moved over from Windows, and I apologize if this is a stupid question but I read the manual, tried searching various terms, and could not find anything that helped me. I don't know how to ...
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Not returning focus to previously focused window

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 ...
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Window Click to Focus Without Passing Event To App

I like the click-to-focus behavior, but is there some way to prevent the window from receiving the click event until after it has been focused? Example, I click a window in the background to bring it ...
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Switching workspaces in gnome-shell 3.10 de-focus all windows

I am using Ubuntu 13.10 with gnome-shell 3.10 installed from Ubuntu Gnome "next" repo. The problem I am facing is that when I switch workspaces (ie. using Ctrl-Alt-arrow combination), all windows ...
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raise and focus running application when opening file in nautilus?

I'm using Ubuntu 12.04 with and would like to know how I can configure it so that when I double click on a file, and it opens it with an already running program, it will raise and focus that program. ...
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keyboard shortcut for multiple monitors

Is there a keyboard shortcut for switching focus from one monitor to the next in Unity? Basically, if I am working on my web-browser on my right screen, how can I switch to my terminal on my left ...
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Gnome-classic, new windows remain buried behind other window

I have recently moved from ARCH Linux to Ubuntu 11.10. I switched to using Gnome-Classic and noticed strange behaviours with the windows whenever I open them. I have setup Launchers on the Panel to ...
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Is the sloppy windows focus not working as it should?

I am using ubuntu 11.10, with gnome3. I installed gnome-tweak-tool, in the windows menu, I selected windowos focus mode: Sloppy. I had never heard of it before but according to wikipedia sloppy ...
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Xfce with Kde Plasma 5: How to automatically give focus to newly created windows?

I am using Xfce with Kde Plamsa5 as Window Manager. I cant open Xfce Window Settings anymore but KDE System Settings. I cant find an option to automatically focus to newly created windows. When I ...
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Make a window shortcut permanent

I want to be able to always make the terminal window pop-up with focus with the same keyboard shortcut. I've found so far that if I right-click the window and go to More Actions > Window ...
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Shortcut to switch to app

Is it possible to focus an opened app instance/window using a command? I'd like to assign a keyboard shortcut as to quickly switch to a specific app. I want shortcuts for: chromium (now it opens a ...
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Is there any way to leave window in the foreground in GNOME Shell when it loses focus?

My ideal situation: Given a full screen window w/o focus (in the background) and a smaller window w/ focus (in the foreground), I'd like to be able to mouse over the full screen window to give it ...
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Window does not get focus when opened by clicking a tray icon or a launcher icon

When I open a window by clicking an icon in the launcher bar or an icon in the tray area, sometimes the window does not get focus and gets opened behind the currently active window. I want it to open ...
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How can I force new windows to open in background & without focus?

I have Opera set as my default browser but it is the same for Firefox. When opening a link in Liferea, the link opens in an external browser and the browser gets focus. I would like to open the links ...
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Unity dash does not get keyboard focus first time [closed]

When I login to a unity session, the first time I press the Super key, the dash pops up but the keyboard focus does not go to it. I press the Super key a second time to dismiss the dash, and a third ...
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I can't switch from one window to another

Hello fine Gentlemen, i have the following problem and i primarily want to have a way how to analyse this. My problem is that somehow Ubuntu keeps locking me in a certain window/editor. i can then ...
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script to minimize / unminimize window in unity

I use Oneiric with Unity. I want to make a script that opens onboard if it's closed minimizes onboard if it's open unminimizes and focus onboard if it's minimized I've tried with wmctrl -r ...
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Keep windows from jumping workspaces when they request focus

When a window requests focus while it is on a different workspace, it will jump to my current workspace. How do I prevent this from happening?
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Hotkeys to focus generic window in Gnome

Is there a way to use hotkeys to focus on a window not determined by its program name? Let's say there are nine program tabs open: Terminal, Eclipse and seven Chrome Windows. Currently, I am just ...
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Prevent files from losing focus in Nautilus?

One of my pet peeves in Ubuntu: I open up a folder with ~50 files in it. I start typing in the file name, and it matches something. I notice that the file I want is right beside it. I press the right ...
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Unity 14.04 Desktop does not take focus for “focus under mouse”

I am using an updated 14.04 Ubuntu with Unity (regular setup, nothing fancy or custom). I have "focus under mouse" enabled. This works fine, except that the Desktop cannot get the focus - this is a ...
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Focus behaviour to 'follows-mouse' resets to 'onclick' on reboot (Ubuntu 14.04)

Whenever I set the focus mode to 'follow mouse' with unity-tweak-tool, ubuntu-tweak or equal, this setting get's reset to 'on-click' whenever I reboot. How can I make this setting permanent?
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Disable Matlab focus stealing, without modifying Matlab script

I hava Matlab script running in the background. It keeps popping up pogress bar windows as the computation progresses. This is very annoying. Problem is I did not write the Matlab script myself, and ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 scroll to focus on launcher behaviour broken

Back in Ubuntu 13.10 if you had multiple windows of the same application open and scrolled over that application's launcher icon it would bring up all the open windows one by one. Now in Ubuntu 14.04 ...
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desktop not getting keyboard focus after upgrade to 11.10

After upgrading from 11.04 to 11.10, unity desktop icons do not get keyboard focus. As a result, can no longer rename or delete files from the desktop view, and any keyboard input continues to be ...
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How do I enable mouseover window focusing? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I set focus follows mouse? I am trying to enable the feature where a window becomes focused (whether in foreground or background) when the mouse hovers over it. ...
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Krusader - How to go to file?

i have many files in directory and I would like to the focus to be transported to files with name staring with "ble", how to do it? in totalcmd you would hold alt and type "ble"
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How do I set all applications to start unfocused or minimized?

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 ...
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Kupfer problem focusing when started

Kupfer is a great launcher for my not so powerful laptop if only the program would work properly. Every time I bring up the app it will not get focus. So I’ve to press the app first before I can ...