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Wednesday December 14, 2005
09:56 AM

Focus

[ #27972 ]

[user starts Outlook, then minimizes it and starts working on something else during the protracted loading period]

[Outlook jumps to front]

[user minimizes Outlook, resumes working]

[Outlook jumps to front]

[user curses, minimizes Outlook]

[Outlook jumps to front]

[user gives up working to wait for Outlook to continue loading and stealing focus]

stage direction from This is where you will go today!, the musical

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  • That's not just Outlook. Or even a pure Windows feature. I often use a management card to get access to the console of a piece of headless equipment. The console is displayed in a window. I need to boot that box often (because I'm developing its boot procedure), and during each boot, the console grabs the focus not once, not twice, but three times. And that's on Linux.
  • I know what you mean! I used to have a program on my Windows machine that stopped this problem; I've searched for the darned thing and I can't come up with the installation file or the name of it. I did find this while Googling, though: http://www.nordichardware.com/news,1644.html [nordichardware.com] Claims to be a registry hack that prevents apps from stealing focus.