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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
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by:Point-In-Cyberspace
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After double click on new program, make a single click on the already opened app.

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by:xtstech
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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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by:gatekeeper6838
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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:
http://www.tech-recipes.com/rx/512/open-a-program-fully-maximized-or-minimized/

Other than that, I don't know of a way to force a program to open behind all other windows.
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by:xtstech
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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
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Autohotkey, can do this:
http://www.autohotkey.com/

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

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.
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by:xtstech
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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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by:johnb6767
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Just an FYI....Works for XP....
How To Prevent Programs From Stealing Focus in Windows
 http://pcsupport.about.com/od/windowsxp/ht/stealingfocus02.htm
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