Is there any way to disable the focus-stealing behavior in GNOME whenever an app is launched? I have already tried changing the dconf value "focus-new-windows", but that doesn't make any difference, because I am not worried about apps that I launch from the terminal, but rather the auto-started programs (that take a minute or so to load at start-up and each time they steal the focus).

  • For me this is still an issue, how to solve this?
    – neoexpert
    Jun 10, 2020 at 20:03
  • I "fixed" it by switching to XFCE. No more pain. Looks fantastic too if you get rid of the terrible default look
    – Muppet
    Jun 11, 2020 at 21:31

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You can select your startup application in tweak tool just install by following command:

$ sudo add-apt-repository universe

$ sudo apt install gnome-tweak-tool

you should see a application called tweaks or you can run it by :

$ gnome-tweaks

then you can change or remove the application which auto-start on boot

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    yeah but that doesn't answer how I can make it such that it doesn't steal the focus. For example steam takes a minute to start, and during that time it will steal the focus 3 times, which is bothersome when you're typing
    – Muppet
    Feb 24, 2019 at 4:56

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