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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Hannah Nicollet, Quality Engineer

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Official Response
This is fixed in the current version, available for download this morning.
(Edited)
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Allison Gilli

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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...
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Hannah Nicollet, Quality Engineer

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

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

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Thank you!
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Jon Fuller

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This is seriously the best part of the update.
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Aurica Crudu

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

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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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G Image

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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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Mark

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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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Adobe = Incompetence

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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.
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Hannah Nicollet, Quality Engineer

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

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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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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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Andreas Jansson

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This has been corrected in the last version of Photoshop. You probably need to update (there is an official reply above).
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UltraJochen

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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 ;-) ).