Registry Home > Windows > Desktop

Change the Application Focus Settings (All Windows) Popular

When Windows applications require user input or focus, they will either pop-up over the existing window, or their icon will flash on the taskbar waiting for user action. This tweak controls that behavior.

This tweak can be easily applied using WinGuides Tweak Manager.
Download a free trial now!

This tweak requires the modification of two values, depending on the way you would like applications to take the focus. The first setting controls whether applications simply steal the focus, that is pop-up over the existing in focus window, or if instead they wait in the background and flash the taskbar icon. The second setting controls the flashing of the icon.

Open your registry and find the key below.

Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value named 'ForegroundLockTimeout', change the value to either the timeout required, or to '0' which causes the application to take the focus instantly. The default value is '200000' (0x00030d40 hex).

The other settings affects the number of times the icon flashes if above value was not set to zero.

Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value called 'ForegroundFlashCount' set the value (in decimal) to the number times to flash the taskbar icon, setting the value to '0' cases the icon to flash infinitely. The default value is '3'.

Exit your registry, you may need to restart for the changes to take effect.

Registry Editor Example
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|ForegroundFlashCountREG_DWORD0x00000003 (3)|
|ForegroundLockTimeoutREG_DWORD0x00030d40 (200000)|
|HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop|
Registry Settings
User Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)

>> Recommended Download - check, repair and optimize your registry now with Registry Mechanic <<

Disclaimer: Modifying the registry can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. We cannot guarantee that problems resulting from modifications to the registry can be solved. Use the information provided at your own risk.

Last modified: October 12, 2002