Photoshop: CC jumps to front when opening files in the background.

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Say I'm in Lightroom and I want to open 5 or 6 shots into PS CC, and while they're opening I want to jump over to Chrome and check my email. Is PS supposed to keep jumping to the front every time another file opens? It's pretty frustrating and I don't remember it happening in previous versions of PS.
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Joshua Vernon-Rogers

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Yep this sucks, please fix Adobe!
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Kenneth Quade

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Same issue. Running latest Windows 10 developer build. I've tried everything.
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Elizabeth Skipper

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I almost said I'm glad to know this isn't just something I'm doing wrong, but I realized that would be better...because at least then I could do something to fix it!
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Came across this thread when searching for a fix... I can see MANY more arriving here over the next few months. 

This DRIVES ME INSANE. 

The only temporary way I have resolved the issue myself is to have your Adobe application run at start up... that way, by the time you've got a coffee everything is ready to go and you don't have to suffer the nagging screen when opening lol.

Thanks
Dan 
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It's insane that they aren't throwing out a fix for this - it's paralyzingly and it's been over a year. What the hell?!?
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Shane Betts

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WAAAAAY more than a year.
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grauenwölfe

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Status has been changed to "In Progress". So now what? Months of Adobe's shareholders debating the merits of bug fixes or is that already been the holdup? Can hear it now: "But this won't bring us any new subscriptions. Anyone dealing with bugs is already locked in and paying, so who cares? Next item please...blah, blah blah."
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Shane Betts

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"New Adobe Status 10.12.5. Fixes bugs where users complain too much by suggesting the source of the complaint might actually be addressed."
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grauenwölfe

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It's wrong to say anything about 3+ year old bug. Thank you Shane Betts.
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Shane Betts

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I hope we're not at crossed purposes here Grauenwolfe. For clarity, my post was meant as sarcasm pointed squarely at Adobe.
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grauenwölfe

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Not at all, I just read it incorrectly.
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Marijus Plančiūnas

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Joining the boat... Happens here as well - Windows 10 and PS install.
While I'm usually patient, it's so annoying, that I've started searching for a fix on Google.
Glad to see I'm not alone.
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this needs to be fixed ... its a big slow down ... ADOBE please listen
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sangean

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As long as people pay for their software, Adobe have no motivation to 'listen'.
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Shane Betts

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Ain't that the truth
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Evgeny Drokov

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Same issue on Windows 10. Annoying!!
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Andrew Morley

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Yep, this is the most annoying thing about the whole CC Suite at the moment. I've got a lot of other things I'd love to be doing, but nope, every time I try I'm forced to watch a loading screen instead.
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same here, so bloody annoying, it does it 3 times, everytime i alt - tab back to what i was doing whilst ps is loading and it pops back up. 
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Keeno

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Happening to me too ... utterfly frustrating! Adobe please get this one sorted! 
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Tom Faber

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Still a very annoying problem! 
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OMG! Why not fix this?  ADOBE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  KHAAAAAAAAAN!
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I actually have the opposite problem. I have finder windows and things open and I open a photo by dragging it onto the photoshop app in the toolbar. The photo opens but photoshop doesn't come to front. I have to click on the app to get the tools and things to appear and come to front. Does anyone know how to toggle this?
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separate issue

Please reference the new conversation here: Drag a Photo over the Photoshop App in the Toolbar, Photo Opens but Photoshop Doe...
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I find that what happens is PS will force its way to the front for certain moments during the process, but that doesn't mean it will be in front once it's finished. If you're opening jpegs, it may not come to the front. If you're opening RAWs or tifs, it probably will.
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I'm opening raws and the file itself will open and show in the font, but the application remains behind other windows, which means the tools and such are not visible or usable till I click the photoshop icon in my toolbar to bring it all to front (behind the open photo). Is there a way to toggle this in preferences or somewhere so that it automatically comes to the front when a file is opened, raw or jpeg.
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Oh, that. Yes. Separate issue.
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Official Response
Hi Everyone,

This should be resolved in the 19.0 update. We are currently on 19.0.1. Please update Photoshop using the Creative Cloud desktop app, and let us know how it goes.

Thank you,
Hannah
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2018 year, PS 19.0 and still the issue persists. Photoshop pops out after each imported photo. PC becomes unusable for the import time. that is crazy
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Not resolved for me either. And yes, it's insane to have this ignored for this long. Years. PS still steals the screen when running files through Image Processor. Every time. So if I'm running 50 images through Image Processor, I'm locked out of every other function on my computer until the task has completed. Complete paralyzation. All i can do to stop it from happening is revert back to older versions of CC. Like 2014.  Which is kind of hard to swallow when I'm paying monthly for what should be the most current version of Photoshop. As for 19.0.1, I'm not seeing that as an offered update yet. 
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Hannah????
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With regard to the Image Processor, that is a separate, known issue related only to Macs. There is a workaround for that issue but it is not resolved yet. The workaround is to  "Open Documents As Tabs." 

Preferences > Workspace > Open Documents As Tabs




Let me know how that goes for you.

Thanks,
Hannah
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Ok YES that worked thank you Hannah! I don't work in tabs so I'd still be interested in being notified when it's finally been eliminated, but this will certainly be helpful for now. Slightly inconvenient to have to turn tabs off and on, but at least not paralyzing! Speaking of no tabs...when I open images without tabs turned on, they open to the very far left of the screen instead of centered. So I'm dragging each and every time I open an image. Is there anything I can do to have images open centered on the screen - you know, where my face is? Thanks again for the work around for the screen steal issue. 
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Glad to hear it! If you want to stay updated on this issue related to PS stealing focus when running batch processes with the Image Processor, the easiest way would be to start another thread. 

Regarding your other question, about opening documents in the center, that makes sense to me but I haven't found a way to make it happen automatically. I'll let you know if I find one.

Regards,
Hannah
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Thanks - would appreciate that. I found and downloaded a script a few years ago that came close. It centered images to screen upon opening, but only vertical or horizontal images, can't remember which. Somewhere along the way in updating I lost that script and haven't been able to locate it again. But for you guys setting images to default to center upon opening should be like, pretty easy stuff. Is best way to start a thread for that too maybe? 
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Fyi - just tested, and while the tab work-around did eliminate the screen steal when running image processing, it still steals when running Contact Sheet II. Not as debilitating bc usually that's fewer images/time involved; but still problematic. Have not tested any of the other batch processes. I've started the new thread, hopefully that will bring updates. Thanks. 
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Thanks for the feedback and for starting a new thread - I'll attach an internal link to that case and it will make it easier to keep you posted on updates. Sorry to hear the workaround wasn't as ideal as hoped.

Regards,
Hannah
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Better than it was! Thanks for linking - 
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Nice job on the post btw - it's thorough. I appreciate it.
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Yes, the problem is gone! Thanks!
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Not here I'm sorry to report. 19.0.1 on Mac. It stills forces its way to the front when launching, a number of times when I'm sending files to it from LR and it's still possible to crash the tasks by taking the focus back to LR at the wrong moment. Sometimes, when left alone, I can load maybe five or six pairs of images in layers in one queue. At other times I'll come back and find only one image loaded and a layer named "Load Layers". Start again...
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Doesn't help me, when batch processing files I can't work in other apps because photos keep coming to the front for each new file. 

Also, I am still having this problem when I open photos Photoshop does NOT come to the front. This is very annoying as I then have to click on the photoshop icon to bring it up with all the tools and history. Is there a setting so that the whole program will come to the front when an image is opened???
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Hi Isaac,

When you say that it doesn't help you were you referring to the workaround I mentioned above? Did you try enabling "Open Documents As Tabs"?

Preferences > Workspace > Open Documents As Tabs 



Regarding your second issue, what OS are you on? Would you mind creating another thread for that since it is a different issue? 

Thanks,
Hannah
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“Only macs”. Lol. No
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Hi Rob,

So when you use the Image Processor on a PC you're also seeing this behavior? 
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I am yes, Photoshop takes so long to open, that I usually click on it and then go back to my browser to do other things while I wait.  Focus is always pulled back (multiple times if I click away) until PS fully loads.  I have Windows 10, and the latest version of EVERYTHING.  I stay current.
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Hi Rob,

Are you talking about simply opening Photoshop on a Win machine and it steals focus or batch processing with the Image Processor? I just want to be clear that we're talking about the same thing. The workaround I mentioned was related to batch processing with the Image Processor.

Thanks,
Hannah
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No, I'm talking about just clicking my shortcut to open PS and it steals focus from ANYTHING ELSE until it fully opens.
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It may help if we could see your Photoshop System Info. Launch Photoshop, and select Help > System Info... and copy/paste the text in a reply.
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Been having the same issue since switching from CS to CC years ago. PS or AI jumps to the front while opening the application. Very annoying while trying to do other things. It used to open in the background. Please advise on a setting fix or update. I have enterprise management of updates, so I assume I am up to date on versions, but don't see a release number the seems to correspond to the 19.1.0 mentioned. Where do I find what release I have?
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Hi Dan,

To find the release version of Photoshop that you're running, in Photoshop, go to Help > System Info and then copy and paste the top line here.

Thanks,
Hannah
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I know this is an old thread, but the issue has not been resolved - I've been watching this issue for a long time, and it's mighty annoying that it's not been solved after all this time. Any word on whether it's just the status quo now, or if there's still a chance it will be solved?
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Hi Francis,

What build are you seeing this on? Can you please go to Help > System Info and copy and paste the contents of that window here?

Thanks,
Hannah
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Hannah - we go back a ways with this, but I am seeing the issue finally resolved on my system, running MacOS High Sierra 10.13.6 and CC 19.1.6. Just recently updated both  - so I'm not 100% sure if it was one update or the other, or combo of both together, that ultimately fixed it. But I'm fairly certain that it was still stealing after first downloading CC 19.1.6 a couple of days ago, but once I installed the latest Mac update (this morning) I'm seeing the problem gone today for the first time in years. Just wanted to let u know and say thanks! 
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Awesome -- glad to hear it. Thanks for letting us know! :)

Hannah