Before updating to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, when I clicked on links in Thunderbird emails, the links opened in a new tab in Chrome and waited patiently in the background until I switched to the browser. Since updating, Chrome leaps into the foreground when a link is clicked.

What do I configure to make it behave the way it did before?

Details: ubuntu 16.04 LTS
Thunderbird 45.2.0
Google Chrome Version 52.0.2743.116 (64-bit)


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Set your Focus Prevention Level

First install ccsm: (if you already have, ignore this step)

sudo apt install compizconfig-settings-manager

... then open it. You can do this either from the terminal:


... or from the GUI; just search for ccsm or compiz config in Dash Home.

Now navigate to General Options > Focus & Raise Behaviour and set Focus Prevention Level to Normal or even High if the problem persists. Close Compiz Configuration Settings Manger, and you're done.

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