Losing Focus in XFCE

One of the annoying things about a default XFCE install is really easy to fix.  Changing window focus when scrolling is easy to shut off.

March 22, 2013

When GNOME3 came out, and Unity for that matter, I was lost.  They were both so radically different from what I was used to, which was GNOME2, so I switched to XFCE and customized it enough to feel familiar.  I gave Unity and GNOME3 a serious try for about a month around Christmas 2011, and just got done another couple month run last week (mid-March 2013) yet have found myself back on XFCE.

But one of the things that drives me crazy is the focus geting switched when I scroll over a window.  Often when I'm working on a website I'll have Geany and Firefox windows open.  As I'm writing or browsing in one window, I often like to be able ot scroll in the window that's in the background.  The problem with XFCE is that scrolling over that window brings it to the foreground.

This has been an extended fit of idiocy for me, as I found a solution that's been in front of me for I have no idea how long.

To fix this problem, go into the XFCE menu and head to System.  Hit Window Manager Tweaks, and get into the Accessibility tab.  Uncheck the "Raise windows when any mouse button is pressed" box, and you're golden.

2 responses to “Losing Focus in XFCE”

  1. Pablo says:

    Just wanted to let you know this is still helping people. Thank you!

  2. Craig says:

    Awesome Pablo. I must admit, I’m kind of wavering back and forth between Mint (with Cinnamon) and Xubuntu. Can’t decide which one I like best, but they each have their little snafoos like this.

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