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

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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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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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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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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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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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Allison Gilli

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

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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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Oliver Hermanni

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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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Алексей Кононов

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The same annoying problem
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Alex Wolff

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

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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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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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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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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.
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We're investigating this issue. Thanks.
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It happens with Lightroom as well.
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eastes

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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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Exactly.
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Shane Roney

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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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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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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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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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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.
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Well, if I ended up here, if because i got fed up with the damn focus stealing and went googling for a solution. please fix asap.
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Support told me there is nothing to do about this.
I eventually found this post, and cast my vote, but would have preferred if support would have directed me to this instead.
I know that this is just software, but i feel personally offended by Photoshop each and every time it interrupts me in what i am doing (even though i shouldn't). Not even my family will interupt me while i am working and here comes Photoshop and interrupts me 3-4 times in a row
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Why during launch process PS always tries to be over all other windows?.

I mean, for example, some moment i am working with Illustrator, and here for some reason i need launch PS. I know that starting PS takes about 30-40 second and i know that i need PS now or may be later and i want it to be launched, but don't want to wait, so i just pushed Ps button and go back to Illustrator, try keep working, but here is the problem, because PS tries to be always in front of other windows until launch process haven't be finished. I don't understand such behavior. Could you please explain it to me?  
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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. I'm thinking it could be a bug since it hasn't always done this and doesn't seem to happen to everyone. And it doesn't happen on other adobe products that i use. 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Launch Photoshop Bug.

When the program starts happening repeated attempts to seize the focus of the Photoshop application window. As a result, at the time of start-up takes place hideous flicker Photoshop window, while it is not possible to place any other window on top of all windows when launching Photoshop.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/jrpb01xb9m6hdkb/BUG.mp4?dl=0
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop: Takes 4 minutes to open recaptures focus after another program is sele....

Photoshop a very long time to boot at startup. While it loaded, I start to do my thing on the computer but that's annoying - it constantly steals focus of the window and the activity on the screen, showing their start and dialog boxes, making it very annoying. Is it possible to make Photoshop when you run the intercepted activity, and, while I did not select the tab.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop popping out in front of other programs multiple times when it is openin....

The photoshop keeps on popping in front of other programs when it is opening, its quite annoying, yea its good in case sometimes people forgot that they opened ps at the background but i think it would be better if it only pop out once and not multiple times.
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I can confirm that the latest update (from today) did not solve this problem.
@Jeffrey you started looking into this 4 months ago and have launched a few updates since.. what is the progress with it?
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Is there someone in the Photoshop team who cares about our discussion anyway ?!!
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Exactly. They just don't care and it's very frustrating.
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jpascal bondierlange

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a guy from Adobe told me it could be correct it by the next update...? wait and see
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Don't you play with our emotions like that!
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jpascal bondierlange

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lol ! They play with mine first ;-)
I took my phone 10 days ago and decide to call the Adobe hotline to understand why it takes so long... they open a support ticket and i've juste received this answer...
Don't hesitate to do the same ;-)
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The key to that answer is "could". :) They also "could" decide to give the program away for free, but that's about as likely.
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jpascal bondierlange probably not, but what else to do? 

In case Adobe actually reads this, and wants more info: PS CC steals focus alteast 4 times on startup on my Win 8.1 system. Every other app in existance does not. Please fix asap. 
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I would like add another voice to this thread. I previously spent 1.5 hours on the phone with an Adobe customer service rep who remoted in to my computer to check my computer settings and software to troubleshoot this exact issues. They resulted in not fixing anything and having some sort of excuse related to 'just deal with it'. 

Please find a solution to this!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop: Recaptures focus after another program is selected.

I am a web developer.  I am constantly switching between Photoshop and other programs.  After switching off of Photoshop (usually using Cmd+Tab) to another program, Photoshop will automatically regain focus and pop back up on top of any other programs I've switched to.  This means I'm looking at or do something in Photoshop, Cmd+Tab to another program and start doing something, and 2 seconds or so later Photoshop pops back up and overtakes whatever else I am in the middle of doing.  *Extremely* annoying doesn't even begin to properly describe this.  

Why is it doing this and how can I make it stop?