When I double click a file in Nautilus (e.g. a LibreOffice document) it will open a new window in the background, but Nautilus remains the active window.

Is there a way to open a file and have the new window automatically become the active window?

I'm running Ubuntu 18.04.


Use a GNOME shell extensions called NoAnnoyance. This extension would put the newly launched window in focus straight away.

Read this to learn about installing and managing GNOME extensions: How do I install and manage GNOME Shell extensions?

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    Thank You. It worked like a charm. I used the Ubuntu Software program, searched for noannoyance and installed it. I've followed your other link about Gnome shell extensions and discovered how to turn the noannoyance extension off if I have to. – Paul Cockburn Jan 11 at 21:15

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