I am used to open a folder from the keyboard with a shortcut. The alternatives are:

  • Use Unity Dash with the shortcut SUPER + F to open the Dash File Lens
  • Open Kupfer with the configured shortcut (CTRL + ALT + SPACE, in my case)

Then I type the name of the folder and press ENTER if it is selected.
However, the window that opens up is not active but in the background. I have to press ALT + TAB to bring it into foreground.
I use Ubuntu Precise (12.04.).

Question: How can I configure Ubuntu, Unity, Nautilus so newly opened windows become foreground immediately?

Edit: This behavior only happens when another application is already open such as GEdit. It does not happen when the only other selectable entity is the Desktop.

  • have you tried super+1 which is my Home folder alignment no. in unity launcher panel , or try pressing super to get the icon number and try the command.
    – atenz
    Jul 20, 2012 at 13:01
  • Since I use many different folders at different times having a shortcut for each in the panel is not an option. Nevertheless, I tried your suggestion and place my HOME folder there. The behavior is the same.
    – JJD
    Jul 23, 2012 at 20:19
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    In Ubuntu 14.04 (with unity): Focus prevention level OFF fixed it for me.
    – user280122
    May 10, 2014 at 12:18

2 Answers 2


This is NOT the default behaviour.Check the settings of Focus and Raise Behaviour in CompizConfig Settings Manager > General > General Options.(You may need to install ccsm first).

  • I can no longer reproduce the behavior. It might have been fixed in one of the kernel releases. Nevertheless I like to grant you the answer flag. Thank you.
    – JJD
    Oct 8, 2012 at 21:42

For me the problem is NOT solved by checking Auto-Raise, rather, by changing Focus Prevention Level from Low to Off in ccsm.

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