When a windowed app has focus and I click a maximized app below it, I'd like to set focus to the maximized window but for the windowed app to remain in the foreground.

I recently upgraded (by means of a fresh install) from Precise to Trusty.
For a number of years my workflow has relied on "Raise-on-Click" being disabled. I like to be able to copy text from a maximized browser to a text editor or an IDE in a window on top of the browser.

In 14.04, disabling that setting has no effect.

I am used to do it via compizconfig-settings-manager, which is what I did:

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I also verified the setting having changed in dconf-editor:
Under org > gnome > desktop > wm > preferences

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Even though it should take effect immediately, I did reboot just to be on the safe side before asking here.

How do I restore my workflow?

Edit: If this is not a global issue...

... let me reformulate the question:
What setting (in CCSM, unity-tweak-tool, dconf-editor) could possibly be overriding the above?

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    It must be something on your system, here disabling raise-on-click works at once! (dconf editor / 14.04) Did you make other changes in compiz config editor? Oct 15, 2014 at 7:46
  • May I ask why want this and why always on top is not what you need? (I hate ppl who ask question like this in SO sites so please hit me with a stick) Oct 16, 2014 at 21:05
  • It is beyond me how one can critique a question when not having properly understood it, @redanimalwar. "Always on top" is a setting for a single window, while I am looking for the behaviour to be globally applied and in a different fashion. Clearly you have never used the above settings. Oct 17, 2014 at 20:58
  • Yes, I did make one other change, I enabled the "Scale" plugin and bound it to the upper right hotcorner. But that I cannot see interfering. It didn't in Precise either. Oct 17, 2014 at 21:00
  • You claim I did not understood the question, you also claim I critic the question. Both accusations are totally wrong. I am just curious what use case you have for this, how someone would benefit from that and in what way. I cant imagine anything. Oct 17, 2014 at 21:44

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First check current state of raise-om-click option using gsettings by the command below:

gsettings get org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences raise-on-click

The result would be true if you didn't disable it before.

Then if it was "true" then you can disable it by the command below:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences raise-on-click false

or If it returned "false" and still you don't get your desired effect then it sounds something is wrong or missing on your system.

From all apps that is from below setting:

org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences raise-on-click

Also you can type dconf watch / in Terminal and check the any changes from your settings.

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