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Thu, Sep 22, 2016 9:13 AM

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Photoshop: When launching Photoshop it recurringly takes focus from another application/task (Windows)

When I open PhotoShop, it takes my computer a moment or two to open it (most of my PSDs are at least 2GB big), so I switch back to my browser to keep working, but every time there is an alert, or popup, or question, or it simply successfully opens the PSD, PhotoShop forces itself to the front, interrupting what I was doing in another window.
It can be very frustrating, especially since I am more often than not in the middle of doing something.
And I wish it was as simple as Alt+Tab-ing back to my window, but sometimes it just forces its way to the front again!
I don't suppose this is a feature that can be taken off/switched off?

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Adobe Administrator

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3 years ago

This is fixed in the current version, available for download this morning.

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244 Points

I noticed! I do feel like it did take focus at least once when I first opened after going to another window, but after that, it was good! Maybe it was just a one-off...

Adobe Administrator

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Thanks for the feedback. If you notice it continue please let us know!

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80 Points

1 fricking year!!! Great job :) :) :)

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62 Points

Thank you!

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3.8K Points

This is seriously the best part of the update.

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508 Points

It's great! At last Photoshop starts silently! Awesome.

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Better, but still steals focus at least once. I’m playing with starting it minimized to see if that makes a difference.

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80 Points

No, it's not fixed Adobe! Simply set your images not to open as tabs and run Scripts--Image Processor on a batch and see what happens.

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102 Points

Much better than it was, but still seems to steal focus when the program is ready to use.  I would prefer for it to remain in the background until I manually go back to it.

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198 Points

Hannah, as others already said, Photoshop still steals focus once. Please fix this and please don't let it linger for another year. Thank you.

Adobe Administrator

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@G Image - with regard to the Image Processor: Are you on a Mac? There is a known issue related to Macs with the Image Processor stealing focus that is still under investigation. The workaround is to  "Open Documents As Tabs." 

Preferences > Workspace > Open Documents As Tabs

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62 Points

1 year after the fix - still not fixed, happens in Photoshop, Lightroom, Acrobat... and not only on startup, in Acrobat it continuously steals focus while for instance combining many PDFs into one (a task that takes a while and SHOULD be able to work in the background).

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84 Points

Yep, LR and PS (latest versions) both steal focus on my PC

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112 Points

Peculiar - it used to happen to me (which is why I get updates on this thread) but it's no longer doing it. Win 10 Pro and lastest version of Photoshop CC.

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84 Points

I'm still getting the "stealing focus" problem, it happens on startup and when saving an image (once the image has finished saving, PS jumps to the front of other windows).

Adobe Administrator

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David are you on macOS or Windows? Can you make a video of what you're seeing?

Sr. Product Manager, Adobe Digital Imaging

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Windows 10 (1903 as of last week), I'll try and video it next time I'm editing an image..hopefully this week

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We could only reproduce this on Windows when trying to change focus to Microsoft's Edge Browser on launch. Switching to other apps we tried kept Photoshop in the background on launch.

Sr. Product Manager, Adobe Digital Imaging

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Sorry Jeff, but it happens on macOS HiSierra and Mojave with us as well in CC2019. You can start batch processing in PS,(Script-ImageProcessor or Automate-Batch) switch to other apps and PS will randomly grab the focus away from whatever app you are on. Also, if you have Finder open with 2 windows, PS will randomly grab focus away from one of these windows which makes it look as if the Finder window has closed. It happens regardless of app window states such as size, full screen or location. And I'm referring to having the PS image window set to full screen, tabbed or minimized as well as regardless of having more than one image open in PS.
MT

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212 Points

4 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop recurringly takes focus (~3-5 times) during its startup, interfering wi....

While starting up, Photoshop recurringly takes focus (~3-5 times) - interfering with whatever you might want to do during that time.
Photoshop CC 2017
Intel i-3 530, Windows 7x64, 8Gb

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62 Points

So annoying! I use illustrator mostly, but sometimes I need to use Photoshop, but I dread opening it because it takes so long to load which stops any other work until its complete.

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496 Points

4 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop stealing focus on start up.

Photoshop steals focus 6 times when starting up. There is no reason PS has to do this.

I'd love to see it work like this:
Start PS > give me a splash screen > I press alt-tab. > PS loads in the background and I can switch to it when I'm done with whatever I was doing.

Focus stealing is extremely annoying and disruptive for absolutely no reason. Band-aid solutions like "Launch the apps you need and be done with it."  just doesn't work for me.

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406 Points

4 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop overrides all windows when opening.

It would be great if you can start photoshop in the background without it overriding all of your windows. I just want to open it and be able to work on something else at the same time without it popping up constantly. 

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406 Points

4 years ago

So glad it's not just me that's frustrated with this and experiencing this...

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496 Points

Seeing Christopher's post was submitted 3 months ago without someone acknowledging this is indeed a problem, I hope we're not just screaming in the wind...

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202 Points

4 years ago

Wow, good to see to see others with this problem. Adobe really should take care of this. Focus stealing is annoying

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222 Points

4 years ago

The same annoying problem

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120 Points

4 years ago

It's really annoying. I really hope they can fix it.

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142 Points

4 years ago

Same here! I'm glad someone counted that it takes over SIX times, without doing too much math - it's probably 6 times too many.

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194 Points

4 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop CC 2017 keeps popping to foreground when starting up.

Since I updated to Photoshop CC 2017 I've been having an incredibly annoying problem.

When I start up Photoshop and switch to another application it automatically switches back to Photoshop after a few seconds. I can switch away again but it continues to put Photoshop on the foreground multiple times which forces me to just sit and wait until it is fully loaded.

It's incredibly annoying in a professional workspace while trying to work efficiently. I just want to start up Photoshop so it can finish loading in the background while I continue typing an email or reading a paper.

This was introduced during the CC 2017 update, before that I've never had this problem and I've been using Photoshop since 2003.

Another thing is the incredibly slow "new document" window but I already managed to turn that off. With the new window it's impossible to just "Ctrl+N -> Enter -> Ctrl+V", because you'll get stuck while the window loads and it won't register the Enter and Ctrl+V.

All in all, a pretty frustrating update. Adobe, when you invent new things make sure it doesn't impair the workflow professionals have had for over a decade. Especially something as essential as creating a new document.

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94 Points

Oh great to see someone else has issues with that ridiculous 'new document' window. I have the exact same complaint, that I can no longer rapidly copy and paste something into a new document via keyboard shortcuts. It has totally ruined my normal workflow. Fantastic to see that you say you have turned it off somehow, I thought I had checked the settings for that but obviously missed it. Will check now, would be so relieved to see the back of that sodding panel.

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80 Points

I opened up the "General" menu of the preferences, then ticked the 5th checkbox on the left which should say something like "Use previous "New Document" interface" (I'm using a Dutch version of Photoshop).

Lot's of other slow crappy new stuff to turn off there too.

Adobe Administrator

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4 years ago

We're investigating this issue. Thanks.

Sr. Product Manager, Adobe Digital Imaging

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518 Points

Are you making progress with this annoying issue? Have you been able to repeat the problem, or do you need more information?

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160 Points

Any news on this issue?

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420 Points

the last update doesn't change anything anyway...

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496 Points

How is the "investigation" coming along?

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102 Points

Any news?

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70 Points

Still waiting!

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80 Points

After months of gnashing my teeth over this issue, I'm finally trying to find an answer. I don't have this problem with either inDesign or Illustrator, just Photoshop. Please someone find a solution.

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652 Points

It happens with Lightroom as well.

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242 Points

How can your team even go home without fixing this? Just remove the lines of code that steal focus"and push to source control and then push the update to us. It's been way too long. Makes me not want to pay for photoshop anymore.

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88 Points

Exactly.

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80 Points

Just admit that the design team simply doesn't give that this annoys everyone. I would respect honesty a lot more than lip service.

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60 Points

A quick, reproducible method of testing this:

1) Open notepad and place it on your secondary monitor
2) Open Photoshop
3) Place focus in notepad and start typing
4) Photoshop will steal focus while typing, click back into notepad
5) Repeat step 4 a few more times

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652 Points

4 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop switching to active window, won't run in background..

After a recent update Photoshop keeps making itself the active window (on Windows 7) rather than running in the background. This makes multi-tasking difficult. When Photoshop starts it keeps switching itself back to the active window - this can happen three or four times during the startup process. Running contact sheets it makes itself the active window every time it opens a new file to paste onto the contact. So I can't work on email and leave contact sheets to run in the background any more. Please  help.

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54 Points

4 years ago

It drives me crazy. Adobe, do something.

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420 Points

4 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop focus during loading.

Please, for the next version of Photoshop, stop the focus on the loading app !
I'm on windows 10, and the Photoshop CC version 2017.0.1 is catching the focus (bring back the loading app on first plan) at least 5 ou 6 times during the loading process ! It's annoying...
On my computer, Photoshop spends around 15-20 sec to be ready to be used, and i don't want to wait in front of my computer... waiting for it. I prefer to lauch the app, and continue to work on other think... but it's impossible because Photoshop come to the first plan each time you switch to something else as an internet navigator, or others Adobe Apps.
It was not the case on previous version 2016 CC...
Thanks a lot

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202 Points

4 years ago

Same. Photoshop takes a while to launch. Especially on an hdd but even on ssd. So often times I am working in the browser, or using another adobe application and I see I am going to need photoshop, so I just click the icon. I would like it that there is the splash assuring me "yeah, I noticed you need me!" and then it just sticks where it is: the background.  This way I can continue in Premiere, InDesign or whatever I am doing. I think other adobe apps do it similarly, but not 6 times as PS does. Thank you.