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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Is there someone in the Photoshop team who cares about our discussion anyway ?!!
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Frankie Loscavio

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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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Artem Russakovskii

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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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I really hope this problem gets resolved in the next update. I can't believe how annoying and counter productive this problem is.

I start photoshop and head on over to my outlook to catch up on emails and PS rudely intrudes on my task and I get nothing done. Time is money. Please, Adobe, get his fixed ASAP!
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It's not what you expect from a professional piece of software.
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jsdibelka

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Agreed - absolutely.
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Tom Faber

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Agree, very weird. I have been using the latest master suite for years. This is really affecting my workflow.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Please stop stealing focus when starting Photoshop.

Running latest version as of 2017-05-25 on Win10 Pro 64-bits.

Since Photoshop takes some time to load, I usually click on its icon in the takbar then go back to what I was doing before (browsing, replying to e-mails). It is VERY frustrating that 3 or 4 times (depending whether the Photoshop start page is enabled, whether PS is opened by launching the app or from opening a document), Photoshop steals the focus and prevents me from doing my other task. And If I alt-tab to my previous task, BAM!, PS wants to let me know he's progressing in the startup sequence and again fills up my whole screen... And again one more time. "Hey ! I'm done loading some modules! Have a look at my beautiful empty workspace while I am loading some other DLLs!"

Many other programs do not exhibit this behavior. It is rather flippant to assume that the person using Photoshop is not doing anything else and is patiently waiting for your application to start.

If Photoshop were able to load in a second, that would be acceptable, but it is not (don't get me wrong : PS is a complex application and it's okay for it to take several seconds to start.... but it's making this issue even more frustrating).

This shouldn't be too hard to change this behavior, so would Adobe be so kind as to try putting this fix in the next patch release backlog?

Also, if somebody has a workaround, it'd be great!

Thanks in advance

PS: pardon my sometimes bizarre wording, but I am french-speaking.
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Adobe: Is there any progress on this issue? It's very disruptive to my workflow and extremely annoying. 
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The official "We're investigating this issue. Thanks." reply is 7 month old and still no update or fix on that. Have you guys been acquired by Autodesk or what? Imagine, there are ppl out there who have to work with your tools every single day! 
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Adobe, fix your stuff!
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Official Response
This is fixed in the current version, available for download this morning.
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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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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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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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