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

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

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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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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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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.
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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.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop steals focus while I'm trying to work. It's driving me crazy..

Expected: Open photoshop and I can keep working / coding while it loads.

Actual: Open photoshop and when I alt tab back to my code editor, photoshop steals focus 5 times while I alt tab back to my other work.

Result: I'm feeling agitated. Every time. Several times every day. It makes me want to stop paying for photoshop.
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Eike Klingspohn

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For me, this issue hasnt been fixed. PS still takes focus (1x) on loading. Still annoying. I'm using the latest version (updated yesterday). 
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Adobe = Incompetence

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I can confirm (as many others already did) that the latest Version still steals the focus once. Please fix this. (And please don't let this linger for one year again.)
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Well, that is not what I would call recurringly taking focus. One time is not "recurring".  And for me it's not even doing that, unless you count the splash screen, which is a very common thing for programs to have. Then, when all is loaded, Photoshop just flashes in the taskbar, without taking focus.
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Sure its recurring. Everytime you start PS. ;) The Splash-Screen is ok, but after PS shall stay in the background. 
I have to admit, with the new version stealing focus has become less annoying. But the issue still persists. 
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Andreas Jansson

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Well, after the splash screen, Photoshop stays in the background for me, so obviously there must be something different between our setups. I've got Win7 32 bit. Windows Performance Options are set to "Adjust for best performance". Photoshop is version 19.0.1.29687 (according to the details of the file properties).
When does Photoshop steal focus for you now? Is it when it's done (that's when it's just flashing in the taskbar for me).
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This was extremely annoying - thank you very much for fixing it (I just updated Photoshop to get this fix ;-) ).