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Bug 160908 - [67cat] Never steal user's focus
Summary: [67cat] Never steal user's focus
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: platform
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Output Window (show other bugs)
Version: 6.x
Hardware: PC Windows Vista
: P3 blocker with 3 votes (vote)
Assignee: Jaroslav Havlin
Depends on:
Reported: 2009-03-23 17:13 UTC by denbo
Modified: 2011-09-01 16:13 UTC (History)
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Description denbo 2009-03-23 17:13:32 UTC
[ BUILD # : 200902231810 ]
[ JDK VERSION : 1.6.* ]

I run an ant target (e.g. a long running build).
In the output window, I switch from the Ant execution output tab to
my Tomcat log tab which I monitor to find a bug etc. 
Now when the Ant task has finished execution my focus on the Tomcat
log tab is stolen and the Ant task output tab is in the foreground.

This is annoying and should never happen in *any* application or
operating system. It would be much better to highlight the tab that
demands attention (Ant output tab in the example). This should happen
in a subtle and nerve-saving manner, i.e. no blinking or flashing but
rather a change in colour etc.
Comment 1 Rogerborg 2010-07-23 14:27:23 UTC
Agreed, see also:

There may be some people doing the entirety of their work in NetBeans who have grown used to this, but for everyone else, trying to do *anything* outside of NetBeans, it's intensely aggravating.