Photoshop pushes itself on top of other windows many times during startup.

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I'm using Photoshop CC on Windows 10.

Starting Photoshop takes some time on my computer, so while it starts up I like to do other things like reading a browser page. However, this is impossible because Photoshop constantly takes the focus and pushes its own window to the top. When I <Alt-Tab> back to the browser I can read one word, and Photoshop is back again. It's still not completely loaded, and can't be used, but it insists on being on top. Many times over. Totally irritating.

Why does Photoshop CC push itself on top of other windows so many times? Once should be more than sufficient: For instance, when the main window opens, or when the program is ready for use.

This problem, or very similar issues, have been reported before, but Adobe doesn't even respond to them, and postings are years old. It's such a basic problem, and easy to solve, it seems, so why not do something about it?
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Cristen Gillespie

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You're having this happen even with the latest version of 2018? It was hitting Windows users pretty hard for awhile there, but then it seemed to have stopped being such a nuisance with a recent (not the latest) update. I'm on Mac, so didn't see as much of a problem, but even on Macs it would pop to the front more than once. It's not doing that here anymore.

Can you tell us which version of Windows 10 and which version of PS CC? Adobe staff will want to know if this is continuing to be a problem for you, or if it just came back with a recent OS or PS update.
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Peter de Jong

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Windows 10 always updates itself, so I am on the latest version. It is version 1803 build 17134.228. As for Photoshop, this doesn't update automatically and I haven't ran Adobe Creative Cloud for a while, so I am indeed running quite an old version.  It is version: 2017.0.1 20161130.r.29.

I updated it now to version 19.1.6 20180808.r.398 and you are right, this newer version suffers far less from this problem. It is no longer irritating as before.

Stupid me, I should have updated before posting here, it just never occured to me that that would solve this problem. Thank you for your alertness. I feel like being told: "Did you plug it in?" :-)


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Cristen Gillespie

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I'm so glad it all works better for you now. As for feeling like you'd just been asked if you'd thought to plug it in—we've all been there—I've been there numerous times, as who says we learn from our mistakes? I promise the humiliation will wear off. LOL
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I didn't even bother to try looking at another app than Photoshop or Lightroom starting up for a long time, so I didn't notice it got better at it.
Lightroom also seems to have improved a bit, but not as good as Photoshop.
With Photoshop starting up I switched back to my webbrowser and Photoshop stole focus one time. I can live with that.
Similar test with Lightroom made LR steal focus three times. Not good.