Keeping focused to the same window no matter what happens

Dotan Cohen dotancohen at
Tue Dec 27 21:54:27 UTC 2011

2011/12/25 Johnny Rosenberg <gurus.knugum at>:
> Is this possible? How?
> Maybe I should try to explain what I'm actually asking for:
> In all operating systems I've tried so far in my life (Windows 98-XP,
> Ubuntu 7.04-11.10, Mandriva 2008.0-2009.0, Mint etc), there is one
> thing that annoys me a lot. Let's say that I just started up the
> operating system. Then I click a few icons to start a few applications
> that I usually need for the things I use to do. It's generally a web
> browser (Opera in my case), a spreadsheet application (LibreOffice
> Calc for instance) and maybe something more. Of course one of the
> applications, let's say Opera, are finished starting up before the
> others and I start to work with it. A few seconds later another
> application, let's say LibreOffice Calc, is ready to go. What happens
> then is that what I was typing in Opera is typed into LibreOffice Calc
> instead.
> Is there some way to prevent this from happening? I am supposed to be
> the one who decides which window should be in focus on my system, not
> the operating system or any of the applications. Is there a setting
> somewhere that I missed?
> Kind regards

In KDE you can set the "stealabilty" (or some other word, I forget
exactly) of windows, at the highest/lowest setting nothing can steal
focus from the current window. You can also set stealability rules for
individual windows.

Also in KDE you can set any window as "always on top". I have added a
window chrome button for this, and also a keyboard shortcut.

In short, I am bothered by this "feature" of stealing window focus as
much as you are, and KDE gives me two or three ways to handle it.

Dotan Cohen

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