When I open terminal through application menu (top left side menu) or from dock, then terminal opens with focus on it, over all other windows. When I try to open terminal through a shortcut, terminal opens behind focused window.

How to make terminal be on top of other windows on launch through a shorctcut?

  • shortcut means from dock?
    – Ravan
    Commented Oct 19, 2015 at 15:24
  • @Ravan shortcut means keyboard shortcuts, win + t Commented Oct 19, 2015 at 16:39
  • Are you sure about this behaviour ? because when I open browser over existing terminal , the win + t opens new terminal at background .
    – Ravan
    Commented Oct 20, 2015 at 9:09
  • I posted answer , please let me know your problem solved or not =)
    – Ravan
    Commented Oct 20, 2015 at 9:28
  • Any progress? Your problem solved?
    – Ravan
    Commented Nov 26, 2015 at 4:45

2 Answers 2

  1. Open terminal and run the command:

    sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager
  2. Open compizconfig-settings-manager , then

    General --> General Options --> Focus & Raise behaviour .

    Set Focus Prevention Level to off.


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    unfortunately I threw away elementary from my life, due to quite a lot of issues and not working software. But if somebody faces the same issue and accepts in comments, that your solution works - I will be glad to appreciate your try with upvote and choose it as a "right answer" Commented Dec 9, 2015 at 8:12

The answer appears to help. The newly created windows now always open in front of the other windows. The only minor annoyance is that they do not always have focus until clicked.

EDIT: I would post this as a comment but I don't have enough reputation.

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