I'm using the Xfce4 desktop environment on top of Linux Mint 18.1. When using Emacs in full-screen mode, I want to open a new application via the xfce whisker menu, but the new application is always hidden under the full-screen Emacs.

How can I make that new window gain the focus instead of full-screen Emacs?

  • Is the "New Window Focus" box checked in Settings -> Window Manager -> Focus?
    – Munir
    May 1, 2017 at 15:28
  • @Munir: yes, it is checked. This problem happens to only the full-screen mode of Emacs, or other applications like Firefox, Google Chrome.
    – Trung Ta
    May 1, 2017 at 15:41
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    Found another option that might cause this. In Settings -> Window Manager Tweaks -> Focus, uncheck "Activate focus stealing prevention". If it still doesn't work, maybe it's an Emacs thing. I don't use emacs so can't help much there.
    – Munir
    May 1, 2017 at 15:56
  • Thanks a lot. It works perfectly. Do you want to create an answer so that I can upvote and accept it? :-D
    – Trung Ta
    May 1, 2017 at 16:45
  • Added an answer now.
    – Munir
    May 1, 2017 at 18:34

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Go to Settings -> Window Manager -> Focus and check the box that says "New Window Focus"

Also, go to Settings -> Window Manager Tweaks -> Focus and uncheck the box that says "Activate focus stealing prevention"


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