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hotoru Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
Did anyone every come up with a solution to prevent applications from stealing focus from current window ?
Thanks,
Hotoru
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MBP 13 Intel, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • Ian Bickerstaffe Level 6 Level 6 (14,235 points)
    Hi,


    Could you expand on that one a little please? Not too sure what is meant by " focus " in particular.

    Regards.

    Ian.
  • hotoru Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Sorry, by stealing focus I mean that the os switches to another open or opening window than then one you are currently using. If i am on my web browser (firefox, safari) and the OS suddenly shifts to another window that was launched or had an event. This seems to happen on multiple scenarios. One is when I am on the web browser and plugin an ipod snow leopard switches to another space to show me that ipod or launches itunes on top of my current browser if not running. Similar with iphoto. Or iphoto seals focus to tell me that it has finished importing photos. Sometimes I am only notified with a bouncing icon on the doc. Other times it drags the screen to a new window or space.

    I do not mind the bouncing icon on the doc but would like the OS to stay on the window in which I am working unless I decide I would like to change to another window.
  • Ian Bickerstaffe Level 6 Level 6 (14,235 points)
    Hello again,

    Now I see. From the description you give - I do not see a way around this. The OS is doing what you ask of it. It may be better to do one thing at once rather than several.

    Regards.

    Ian.
  • hotoru Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Hehe, well that kinda kills the whole notion behind multitasking computers and mulitcore processors. I would hope that I might be able to get something done in the minutes it takes for the camera to import the pictures rather than just stare at the progress bar. Really frustrating when you are answering an email on one space then are abruptly taken back to another window just as you are hitting return to accidently dismiss a dialog box that you did not have have opportunity to read. Maybe someone will come up with a utility.
    Thanks anyway
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (61,985 points)
    Not at all. If the apps are designed to run in the background, they won't take over focus. Run Activity Monitor (in /Applications/Utilities/), select all processes, and watch how they constantly run and don't take focus. The actions you're doing are directing the OS to switch focus. If you don't want to be interrupted, then don't do the actions that demand the OS switch focus to. E.g., while I have Eudora running in the background, it checks mail, notifies me of new stuff, but doesn't demand or take focus from any other app that I'm running in. As for the spaces stuff, I don't do it, so can't help.
  • hotoru Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I was hoping that I might be able to change the software to meet my needs rather than changing my needs to meet the design of the software.
    D
  • Barney-15E Level 8 Level 8 (42,635 points)
    Send feedback to the software developers. Tell them that you want that option. It is up to them to change the App. Here is [Apple's feedback page|http://www.apple.com/feedback].
  • Mr. Louis Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    I second this. It is extremely annoying when you are using one space and launch another app that is set to open in another space and the focus is shifted to that space. Just because I launch an app doesnt mean I want it to steal focus. Whats really annoying is when you it steals focus, you switch back to the space you wanted and then it steals it again and wont stop stealing until it completely loads.

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  • hotoru Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Yep. Sometimes it feels like a comical focus tug of war. I appreciate all the discussion. I will submit request to Apple.
  • jm1234567890 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Is there really no third part app to stop this focus stealing? Something like tweak UI for windows XP?
  • Barney-15E Level 8 Level 8 (42,635 points)
    If you start an app, how does the OS know you don't want to have the focus set to that app?

    Perhaps the feedback you send to Apple should go in the form of, "if I hold down <modifier key>, open the app in the background." Command and Option are taken, but Shift appears available. Seems a reasonable compromise since a lot of people open apps to use right then.
  • Mr. Louis Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    If I start an app in space 1, then I move to space 2, the app I launched shouldn't steal focus and force me back to space 1 when its obvious I dont want to be in that space if I just moved away from it. Thats what is so annoying about this issue.
  • Barney-15E Level 8 Level 8 (42,635 points)
    I don't see that happening. I don't know what would control that or cause it to happen for you and not me, though.

    Is it all apps, or just some apps. Apps can fire off different levels of notifications. Perhaps that is what is happening.
  • Mr. Louis Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    It probably happens for me because I use 6 spaces and have most of my apps assigned to open in a particular space (Itunes in 1, Word in 4, etc.). So if Im using space 2 (web browsers) and I open Word, the OS will switch me to space 4. I know its doing what its assigned, but it would be nice to have an option to not automatically switch to the spaces that apps are assigned to open in when launched.
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