View Full Version : Unity: keyboard shortcuts open new window in background

June 19th, 2014, 09:48 AM
Hi everybody,

When opening an application through a keyboard shortcut I defined (of the sort Ctrl+Alt+[some letter]), it often happens that the application is opened in a window that is kept in the background. The phenomenon happens every time with certain shortcuts (those pointing to thunderbird or firefox), never with others (custom shortcut for gnome-terminal in a specific folder), and "depends" with yet others (it seems that a shortcut to Gedit will pop up nicely in the foreground if gedit is closed, but otherwise will open a new document and keep the gedit window in the background ; that a shortcut to nautilus in a specific folder will open an "active" window if no other window was open, but will otherwise open a window in the background).

The phenomenon happens on two fresh installs of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (a laptop and a desktop computers). It basically kills all the interest of defining efficient keyboard shortcuts. Does anyone know how to fix this?


October 10th, 2014, 11:58 AM
I have the same problem.
Either I use the calculator button on my keyboard or any other shortcut, the application opens behind all other opened windows, forcing me to switch to it.
Since I have two displays, my workaround is to position my mouse on the other display an presse the shortcut, but I have to click the application to push it forward.
It's quite annoying and defeats the purpose of using shortcuts.

October 15th, 2014, 10:55 PM

Settings Manager > General > General Options > Focus and Raise Behaviour > Focus Prevention Level > OFF

For more details, please refer to:

October 16th, 2014, 09:51 PM
Excelent!!! It worked like a charm!!
And since I was there, I also disabled the "click to focus".
I used to love the focus on mouse over and now I have it back!
I didn't knew these options since I've never used them since Ubuntu 5.04
Thank you very much!