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In a windowed GUI, the window that is currently active is said to have "focus"

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STT works less well when another application has focus. How can I improve STT to work as part of the OS?

STT works less well when another application has focus. How can I improve STT to work as part of the OS? My virtual assistant program can do things like move windows around, but it seems to work best ...
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VMWare Horizon client focus stealing

I run VMWare's Horizon client 4.10.0 on Ubuntu 18.04 under XFCE. Typically, I need to click on an application window to set focus (i.e. cause keyboard input to get sent to that window). If I then ...
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How can I change the focus when I minimize a window?

I use very often the shortcut "alt+tab" to change the focus between windows, however, every time I minimize a window and press "alt+tab" it takes the focus back on the window I've just minimized - and ...
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Gnome Shell - How to prevent an application from starting behind the application in focus?

I'm doing automated testing with Sikuli and it's important that the stuff being tested is visible on the screen. Lately, the apps/windows keep opening in the background, behind whatever is currently ...
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How do you configure such that window focus follows the mouse in 18.04? [duplicate]

How do you configure so that window focus goes to the window under the mouse position? I see only answers relating to arcane versions of Ubuntu. Should you install the gnome tweak tool? is it ...
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When scrolling in App1, then alt-tab to App2, App2 jumps its scoll point in line with App1 scroll, and vice versa

I am on 18.04 and it has only recently started happening. When mouse scrolling in 1st app (e.g. 1.5 pages of scrolling). I then change to another app. As I then go to mouse scroll in the 2nd app, the ...
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GUI issues after upgrade to Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (possibly related to “Gnome global application menu” extension)

I upgraded to Ubuntu 18.04 LTS last night and am running into some view problems, which have to do with the GUI. As a background: I tried to twist the panel view, in order to save space (one panel) ...
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Cannot rename files or folders in Nautilus (long time running occuring issue)

When I run Ubuntu 16.04 for a long time (let us say minimum overnight, sitting idle) on my ASUS ROG G752VSK laptop, Nautilus repeatedly run into this funny issue, which is described perfectly here: ...
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Mouse cursor becomes “trapped” focused on the wrong window

On Ubuntu 18.04, using Cinnamon, with a Logitech Performance MX mouse, the cursor will be focused on the wrong window despite another window being on top of it, in focus. When I try to click in the ...
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No focus on last opened document when opened after a first one

In a recent past, I was using Unity, with Ubuntu 16.04. When I selected and opened a document in Nautilus, the display swap directy to the application corresponding to the document and this ...
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How to stay on same app when closing window

Say I have Firefox and several Document Viewer windows open. When I switch apps to Document Viewer and close the current window I expect the next Document Viewer window to get focus. What instead ...
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Forcing a window to be “always on top”

Working QBitTorrent in Ubuntu. QBitTorrent can be fully minimised any of all of the time (not the headless/web interface, the normal Gui interface), but i want it so that it remains open at all times....
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How to prevent notifications from grabbing focus in 18.04

I updated from 16.04 LTS to 18.04 last year, and the Gnome notifications are a nuisance. In 16.04 with Unity, notifications would not grab focus, they'd just appear as an overlay in the corner -- you ...
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Foxit Reader doesn't take focus on opening a file in Ubuntu 18.04 [duplicate]

I'm using Foxit Reader as my default pdf reader in Ubuntu 18.04. However, if I open a pdf from file explorer, the pdf will be opened in Foxit Reader in background. I need to manually switch to Foxit ...
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How do I make a newly opened file the active window on GNOME 3?

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 ...
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how to automatically center the mouse cursor on new opened windows?

I cant find any option on Unity tweak tool neither compiz for that. Google only shows info about that feature on WindowsOS. related but about already opened windows: Automatically move mouse to ...
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How to turn off the desktop autoswitching and autofocus by an app on Lubuntu 18.04?

I'm running hugin+panomatic and it makes a new window for every pair of the photos. I tried to move the main window to the second desktop, but it switches desktop every time the new window appears. I'...
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Terminal used for SSH connection becomes unresponsive after I switch to and from other applications

I use Ubuntu 18.04 desktop and sometimes I use an ssh connection in terminal to a server. When I switch from terminal to another application such as Gedit, Nautilus etc, and come back to the terminal, ...
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Applications do not focus as expected or at all but only the mouse input focus is wrong

I have recently been trying to get a working Linux install on my main PC. My PC runs on a GTX 1060. I've been having this issue where my mouse won't click properly in what looks to be a properly ...
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How to prevent new windows from stealing focus?

Typical situation is that I type something (worst case is my password) in some application, when some other application pops up a window and steals the focus, so my typing (password) goes to something ...
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How to prevent an application stealing focus in Ubuntu 18.04

When clicking a link in Thunderbird, Chrome automatically steals focus. I want to keep working in Thunderbird while clicking links open them in Chrome in the background - without stealing focus. How ...
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Force new window focus in GNOME

I am running Ubuntu 18.04 with two monitors. I use the Atom IDE with the atom-python-run package to run the command python3 {filename} at the push of a button. This opens a new terminal window. ...
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Is it possible to Enable Focus Stealing under Wayland? (Gnome Shell 3.26, Ubuntu 17.10)

I've just switched over to Wayland from XOrg under Ubuntu 17.10. Say I'm in Nautilus and I click on a text-file. It used to be for me that I was automatically switched over to gedit (every time I ...
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On 17.10 the left Alt key steals focus - how can I stop it?

I reinstalled Ubuntu 17.10 (amd64) desktop 2 days ago, preserving all of my home directory data. No problem there. Since the re-installation, I have noticed that pressing the left Alt key "steals" ...
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Minimize currently focused window keyboard shortcut in Ubuntu 17.10 [duplicate]

I'm trying to find a keyboard shortcut in 17.10 to minimize the currently focused window. There doesn't seem to be one in Keyboard settings. Tried adding a new shortcut, but not sure what the ...
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How do I set focus follows mouse in Ubuntu 17.10 and later with GNOME 3?

I found multiple answers on askUbuntu about this topic. But none of them suites to Ubuntu 17.10. So I need to ask again: How do I set focus follows mouse in Ubuntu 17.10?
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Ubuntu 14.04 mouse and keyboard focus different windows

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS and my mouse and keyboard are behaving weird after login today and after opening one window (firefox, nautilus) and then the terminal (terminator). Mouse and keyboard are ...
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Let all windows stay in foreground [duplicate]

What can I do that all tabs stay in the foreground all the time? Imagine you have two windows open; one is, for example, Google Chrome, this one is fullsize. The second one is a normal sized terminal....
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How do I enable 'focus follows mouse' in Lubuntu (LXDE)?

I would like to enable "focus follows mouse" bahavior in LXDE. How can I do it? I would prefer a command-line solution.
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Automatically minimize program after X time without focus?

Is there a way to automatically minimize a program after it hasn't had focus for a set amount of time?
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gnome-terminal active window background color

In tmux, if tmux.conf has lines set -g window-style 'bg=colour237' set -g window-active-style 'bg=colour232' Then the active pane will have a different background color than the others. Can this be ...
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Devilspie window focus

I'm on Ubuntu GNOME 16.04 and I'm using devilspie to undecorate the GNOME Terminal windows. It works well except when a terminal window is launched, it is not focused and shortcuts like alt-tab, alt-`,...
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16.04 Ubuntu - cannot enable focus follows mouse [duplicate]

I just "updated" from 14.04 to 16.04. I like gnome metacity, but cannot get it to focus follow mouse. I've tried at least 4 methods and rebooted, without success. I've been using the net since 1991, ...
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Highlight Window with focus even more

I have two monitors and sometimes I start to type into the wrong window. The window with the focus is highlighted in unity (Ubuntu 16.04) with a gray shadow. Is there a way to highlight the window ...
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Is there any way to set the delay of the focus?

I have used the Unity Tweak Tool to set focus behavior to "follow mouse" using the "sloppy" option. This way when I mouse over a window it takes focus. Is there any way to set the delay of the focus? ...
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How to make a window/program raise itself when called?

So whenever I press 'Open containing folder' in some program or when a package wants to open in the software centre, or when a torrent file wants to open in a torrent client, the icon for that program ...
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Can I iconify new windows by default in Lubuntu?

I want to know if I can start up programs without their Windows opening before I select them, either with Alt + Tab or from my task-bar. Right now if I want to use terminal while I'm loading a web ...
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Unity menu raise on click

I am using Unity on Ubuntu 16.04 A user window is split into a menu bar and the internal window. When I click on the interior I do not want the window raised. When I click on the menu bar, I do want ...
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Ubuntu 15.10 has noise effect when focusing

When I press Alt+TAB and choose another window on my current view-port, this window is "bouncing". Making it a little smaller, then stay normal. It's not very nice, and noising me. How I can turn ...
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Latest opened program window overrides current software window

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. I'm finding it very annoying that whenever a program opens its window overrides the current one and gets focus. For example, I click on the icon of a program that takes ...
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Is there software which time- tracks window & application usage?

Is there a software which keeps time of my activities and gives a report? Based on focused window and window title. Report would just show time spent for specific window and its title like: ...
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mouse focus problem

I've just installed Ubuntu Mate 16.04 and am encountering a very annoying problem. After using the pc for a while: it becomes impossible to change focus to another window by mouse click it is still ...
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Is there any Auto-scroll focus in Ubuntu?

In Windows 10, there is a nice new behavior with the scrolling: When you start to scroll on a window who aren't focus, window acquire the focus and scroll automatically. In the previous Window and ...
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How to make windows steal focus when links are opened [closed]

When opening a web URL, the focus does not move to the browser window. How can we achieve this? I'm using Ubuntu 15.10.
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Can I automatically send a particular application's window to the lowest z-position, when it loses focus?

I do most of my work in two applications: my web browser and my editor. I switch back and forth between them frequently with Alt-Tab. I also have an IM client (Hipchat) open at all times, but I ...
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Focused window is not in front

Since I upgraded1 from Ubuntu 15.04 to 15.10, I stumbled upon a really frustrating bug of gnome: if I click on a window, it correctly gets the focus but stays in the background (see screenshot below). ...
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Strange window focus behavior with Ubuntu 15.10 and Gnome

I am running Ubuntu 15.10 and ubuntu-gnome-desktop. Since the upgrade from 15.04 I have noticed that when I double click a window, that window seems to take focus (e.g., the gnome top bar text and ...
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Keyboard shortcut: Changing Focus Term to VLC 14.04

I'm viewing a Python tutorial using VLC as the viewer. At the same time I'm encouraged to have a Python terminal or IDLE open and be working in the term. Question is: are there any keyboard short-...
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Gnome 3.18 - raise window on click [closed]

In Gnome 3.18, when I click on a window that currently is not in focus, it isn't raised - unless I click on the titlebar of that window. How do I set up Gnome so it raises the window after I click it?
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Wrong window gets focus from scale mode

Following Second click on a launcher icon with more than one window open doesn't do a scale of that application, when I do this: Click on an icon in the launcher of an opened application. ...