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How can I make programs open in the foreground? Nautilus will open in the background, Remmina (the remote desktop program) also opens in the background. I have to click on the icon in the Launcher for it to come to the foreground. I would think any program that is invoked by any means would come to front, as it opens. It seems if one program invokes another, it will be in the background. If I click on any icons in the Launcher though, it will actually open in the foreground.