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Pop Under Windows In Windows 7

Posted on 2010-01-11
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Last Modified: 2013-11-21
When working in Windows 7 I tend to open a program and while its loading I tend to continue typing only to have the window finally open, and interrupt what I am doing'.  How can I make newly opened programs pop under the window in focus? Thanks
Question by:xtstech

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ID: 26285968
After double click on new program, make a single click on the already opened app.


Author Comment

ID: 26286048
I do that, but when the new program loads it opens as the new window in focus, when I want to change that so it opens behind the current windows (ie: doesnt take focus)

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ID: 26288393
I don't believe there is a native way to do this, but using the START command you can launch programs minimized. So, if these programs are run from either a short cut or a start-up script, you can modify the said short cut or script to include the START command. See the article below:

Other than that, I don't know of a way to force a program to open behind all other windows.
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Author Comment

ID: 26289302
That doesn't seem to work in Windows 7.  I was hoping for some type of utility to force this.
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senad earned 2000 total points
ID: 26320486
Autohotkey, can do this:

While, 1
 WinWait, [Title Of Window Here, or Window Class]

That script should auto-close the window. Won't stop it taking focus for a moment, but it should catch it very quickly. I don't believe it's possible to stop windows from taking focus when they open, and if it is, it would probably break much application functionality.

Author Comment

ID: 26320523
Ah I see.  That makes me sad, as that should be an included feature to open behind the current window.  I make many programming errors due to this.
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ID: 26320607
Just an FYI....Works for XP....
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