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I am having issues with starting Thunar (a file manager for Xfce) via a keyboard shortcut and having it start on top of other windows.

The Thunar window always appears below the current active window, whilst of course I would want it above it. Apparently, only Thunar behaves like this, because if I start other applications -- I have tried with Gedit and GVim -- they appear on top (as expected). Thunar behaves like this even when I start it via the Gnome Panel.

Maybe the problem is that Xfce applications don't start properly under Gnome?

I know that wmctrl allows you to raise any window, but I have no way to identify the last Thunar window and raise it because I could have other Thunar windows opened already. Thank you.

  • Why is a new window being displayed below others in the first place? It sounds like something is buggy. I see from tags you're using Gnome; are you running the default window manager? Are other programs setting "always on top" hints? (You can check the latter with xprop and looking for related EWMH hints). – Anko Oct 29 '14 at 12:51
  • @Anko: Thanks. Apparently only Thunar behaves like this. I have updated my question. – Elena Oct 29 '14 at 13:10
  • You didn't really answer any of my questions… – Anko Oct 29 '14 at 13:19
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    @Anko: Sorry. Yes, I am using the default window manager. No, as far as I can see, other programs are not setting "always on top" hints. However, I have noticed that Thunar is a Xfce application: maybe this causes the problem. – Elena Oct 29 '14 at 13:26

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