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Bug 59803 - LibreOffice steals focus from other applications after startup
Summary: LibreOffice steals focus from other applications after startup
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: LibreOffice (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Hardware: All Windows (All)
: medium minor
Assignee: Not Assigned
Depends on:
Reported: 2013-01-24 13:05 UTC by daniel.schaaaf
Modified: 2019-08-13 12:26 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Description daniel.schaaaf 2013-01-24 13:05:20 UTC
1) start LibreOffice (with a big document to cause a long loading time)
2) switch to another application

=> LibreOffice will claim focus after it finished loading the document

When I switch focus to another application, I do this consciously to work with that application. LibreOffice is disturbing me by re-claiming focus.
Instead of stealing focus from another application, LibreOffice should flash its tab in the taskbar to show me that I can start working with my document.

Some LibreOffice documents take ages to load (10-60 seconds for big spread sheets) and I do not want to stare at a LibreOffice start screen during that time. When I continue working in another application, I do not want LibreOffice to interrupt me.
Comment 1 ign_christian 2013-07-26 07:33:44 UTC
Reproducible on LO (Win7 32bit)

> Instead of stealing focus from another application, LibreOffice should flash
> its tab in the taskbar to show me that I can start working with my document.
I think that's the usual behavior like other applications.
Comment 2 QA Administrators 2015-04-01 14:40:39 UTC
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Comment 3 Buovjaga 2015-04-22 12:02:48 UTC
No problem for me. WFM. Feel free to set back to NEW, if I'm wrong.

Win 7 Pro 64-bit Version: (x64)
Build ID: 211c12b9c64facd1c12f637a5229bd6a6feb032a
TinderBox: Win-x86_64@42, Branch:master, Time: 2015-04-18_01:51:17
Locale: fi_FI
Comment 4 kie000 2019-08-13 12:15:09 UTC
V (x64) Win7 64bit
CPU threads: 8; OS: Windows 6.1; UI render: default; 
Locale: en-GB (en_GB); Calc: group threaded

Steps to reproduce:
Libreoffice fully closed
Open a spreadsheet (ods) file with Libreoffice being the default app.

This has gotten so much worse it's really annoying, I don't mind the program grabbing focus once when it is completely loaded but the program now grabs focus THREE TIMES on startup at varied intervals.

Please fix this, LibreOffice should be a useful app, not an annoying pest.

But I agree with the original poster, Libreoffice should not steal focus, it should flash the taskbar button for the app.
Comment 5 kie000 2019-08-13 12:26:26 UTC
Also Version:
Build ID: 6cd4f1ef626f15116896b1d8e1398b56da0d0ee1
CPU Threads: 4; OS Version: Windows 6.1; UI Render: default; Layout Engine: new; 
Locale: en-GB (en_GB); Calc: CL

The bug has even gotten worse since version 5 which only took focus twice on startup so far as I can tell although V5 did take focus before it was even ready.