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give me back my focus!


<rant>
I am sick and tired of Windows stealing my focus away from the current window to show me a helpful message about some dramatic action that an app would like to take, exactly while I'm doing something else where I type the letter that ends up triggering something I don't want to do. I have no issue with apps "suggesting" actions (e.g., "would you like to autoarchive your old items now?") but it's high time Windows stopped sucking focus away from the current window. This is particularly bad if you touch-type (as I do).

Most X-Windows window manager don't do this (I can't remember if the OS X does it... it very well may in some cases) but Windows is definitely the worst at it. The only message acceptable when stealing focus is an information window for something really important, without buttons for confirmation (otherwise you may click "Ok" and never see it again).

Can you tell that I just triggered something bad in the middle of typing furiously?
</rant>
I feel much better now. Thank you. :)

Categories: soft.dev
Posted by diego on October 15 2005 at 11:49 AM

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