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How do I set focus follows mouse?

Is there a way to set up "focus follows mouse" behavior in Ubuntu 11.10, 12.04, and 12.10 Unity?
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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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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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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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Sometimes new windows don't come to the front when launched

I'm using gnome shell with new 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Focus follows mouse stops working when opening window from launcher and no click to focus

This is 12.04 default desktop (unity). I set it to focus follows mouse, and changed the menus to be on the window. This worked for a while, then some unknown even, maybe an upgrade maybe some other ...
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Sloppy focus not working after upgrade from 11.10 to 12.04

I used sloppy focus in the previous version. Where focus would change from window to window on mouse over, but would not raise any window unless clicked. I used this a lot when having two windows and ...
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Black area with stroked circle on the screen

Ubuntu 11.10 just installed from scratch + few applications from Ubuntu Software center installed, log of installations. Black area with stroked circle is appear and block UI. Please look at ...
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Clicking on onboard steals dash's focus

Is there any way to stop clicks on onboard from closing Dash? I would like to be able to type in Dash using onboard before it disappears. It even happens when focus prevention level setting in ...
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How to use loose focus feature of Xserver?

I want one window to loose mouse focus (its a game, and alt-tab doesnt work as it should). There is this interesting commit that i reached with searching and reading, but dont know how to use DeaGrb ...
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focus multiple windows at once

I love the game Bzflag. Sadly, my internet connection is slow and I always get kicked because of lag and gitter. I decided to run the game server on localhost and play on it with my brother. But, ...
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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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nautilus window focus/stacking order when drag and dropping files/folders into applications

In the MS Windows when you have opened explorer (file/folder explorer eq nautilus in Ubuntu) and another application opened on top of that (for example explorer in full screen mode and some ...
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Text-editors in eclipse/matlab loses focus occasionally after upgrading to 12.04

This is a question asked on stackoverflow, and someone there recommends me to move the question here. My problem is that, I have just upgraded from Ubuntu 10.04 to 12.04.3 LTS. An annoying thing is ...
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How do I prevent Ubuntu 12.04 from locking, when using Win7 in VirtualBox?

I use Ubuntu 12.04 plus Windows 7 from VirtualBox. The thing is that, when I am in Windows "too long" (longer than the time after which Ubuntu normally locks), Ubuntu locks. It's not expected, because ...
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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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Setting focus on mouse as default

I have looked at the other questions about gaining focus on mouse but when I reboot my computer it reverts back to gaining focus on click. I have tried the method given here: How do I set focus ...
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Make “Focus Follows Mouse” Application Specific

I wondered if this functionality was built in or if it is even scriptable. In Gimp's new single window mode, it still treats the main canvas and the Layers dock as 2 separate windows that steal focus ...
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Nautilus 3.4.2 want different colors for the pane with and without focus [closed]

I have Nautilus 3.4.2 on Ubuntu 12.04. I use the second pane via F3 all the time. However, there is no colour change when I change which pane has the focus. There is on Nautilus 2.30.1, ubuntu 10.4 ...
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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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with keybinding, compiz can start a program using hot key, but non-auto-focus [closed]

In CompizConfig Settings Manager → General → Commands, I set Control + Alt + T to run lxterminal (I use Lubuntu, the hot key works well before installing compiz, but after compiz works, I found the ...
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Can I assign a keyboard shortcut to temporarily disable the “focus follows mouse” function? [closed]

I love focus follows mouse, but I was wondering if it could be disabled temporarily while the alt key was depressed? So while the alt key is pressed the mouse can leave the window, and any other ...