Using elementary OS 0.3 Freya (64-bit). I use Chromium as my browser and Thunderbird as my e-mail client.

When I click on a url in Thunderbird, I notice the url is passed to Chromium, but control isn't transferred to Chromium. I have to press Ctrl+Tab to cycle to Chromium. Very annoying.

Why doesn't elementary OS automatically switch to Chromium, when I click on a link in Thunderbird? Why the extra keystrokes?

Thanks for any help you can offer.


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I don't believe this issue is limited to Thunderbird / Chromium but instead related to a known GTK+ bug inherited from mutter that affects gala. Fortunately after several years it appears a possible fix may be forthcoming.

There are several other instances ([1],[2]) of annoying focus issues in the elementary OS bug tracker which the above fix will hopefully resolve.

I would suggest you mark the appropriate bugs as 'Affecting me' on the elementary OS bug tracker or opening a new one if your feel yours is in fact different.

  • Thanks! I'm glad to know it's a known problem and may be addressed. Commented Jul 25, 2015 at 15:00

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