app stealing focus? prevents mouse clicking?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by baser5nature, Oct 5, 2002.

  1. baser5nature

    baser5nature OSNN Addict

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    i've been having this problem on an older computer, it seems like some app in the background is stealing focus and preventing me from clicking on any open windows, the desktop, the task bar, or the start button...

    keyboard navigation works as it should...

    if i open task manager then close it everything is fine for a while again... not sure why opening and closing task manager fixes it, but it does, i opened task manager with the intention of finding the problem app, but no luck...

    winxp pro sp1
    gigabyte ga-5aa
    amd k6-2 500mhz
    standard two button microsoft serial mouse

    ???????
     
  2. Khayman

    Khayman I'm sorry Hal... Political User Folding Team

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    try this. Get tweakui from microsoft power toys. Then under General on the left is Focus, go in there and tick the box that says prevent applications from stealing focus
     
  3. baser5nature

    baser5nature OSNN Addict

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    i tried that, no change...
     
  4. shaunj66

    shaunj66 H.T.I.D!

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    i have been having the same trouble on and off for some time, both at work and home, using windows 2k and xp, i have a usb optical mouse, its really annoying! like baser5nature said- keyboard shortcuts/navigation works fine..
    it's really dam annoying
     
  5. shaunj66

    shaunj66 H.T.I.D!

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    bump - anyone have any ideas?
     
  6. baser5nature

    baser5nature OSNN Addict

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    i even turned off ps2 mouse support in the bios thinking maybe theh computer was confused, no luck... computers don't become confused, they become aware...