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Windows 7: I want calculator to steal focus!

22 Dec 2009   #11
Andras Banusz

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

This is just the phenomenon I experienced today. I too have a Microsoft keyboard (Wireless Media Desktop set), and the calculator button pops up the Windows Calculator, but it doesn't get focus. IntelliType installed, Windows 7 Ultimate x64. Strange behavior, if you ask me.

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24 Dec 2009   #12

win 7 x64

I have the same problem. Every app is starting under active. Fluses few times and stay until I bring it to front. (Windows 7 x64).
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24 Dec 2009   #13

win 7 x64

I discovered that when I hold and push again calc button it apears as active and only then other buttons function properly bringing all apps to the foreground. You have to do it once and to another system restart works fine. But it isn't working the other way (media button - hold - push...).
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24 Dec 2009   #14
Andras Banusz

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I have made some progress on this issue, it seems that without IntelliType software, it works OK. Only after installing the software does this happen. Pressing the calculator button a second time makes the window get focus, so just tap it twice, if you want the calculator
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24 Dec 2009   #15

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

Try the following batch file. calculator.bat Note that you will need to right-click, select Properties and then click Unblock.
@echo off
cd c:\windows\system32
start calc.exe
Save this with a suitable name (I suggest Calculator) and give it a .bat file extension. You can save the file where you like, but if you wish to save it in the System32 directory, you will need to provide administrative credentials.

Now point the calculator key to this file.
I want calculator to steal focus!-capture.png I want calculator to steal focus!-capture1.png I want calculator to steal focus!-capture2.png

When you press the key now, the command window will briefly flash, but the calculator will appear and will have focus.

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02 Jun 2010   #16

windows 7 32bit
calc.exe to the front

if you create a shortcut to the .bat file and right click and set it to run minimized, then use the path to the shortcut, the cmd window will never show up.
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26 Sep 2010   #17

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Calculator to front

I also had this problem with the calculator button on my Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000. I uninstalled Microsoft IntelliType Pro 7 and the calculator now opens in front with focus when I push the calculator button.
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29 Sep 2010   #18

Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit)
Windows Update fixes this now!

Hi everyone,

I was just downloading some updates from Windows Update this morning and noticed one in the "Optional" category called "Microsoft - Other hardware - Microsoft Hardware USB Keyboard".

The "More information" link sends you to here:

Winqual Help

(Note: This only works on IE. Boo!)

It basically explains it's just a new driver, BUT I noticed this could be something special when it started to install a new version of Intellitype as well. I tested the Calculator button first of all to see if it still exhibited the same behaviour. Sure enough - it appeared behind the front window, but not at the back of the pile.

I then installed the new version of the Intellitype software and tried again. This time - success! The calculator appeared at the front as it should. If you look very closely you can see it briefly appears behind the front window and then comes to the front. I only noticed because of the position of my two Notepad windows I was using to test it.

Anyway, that's it. It works now!

My device manager is now showing my keyboard as having driver version which is dated June 29th, 2010. Too bad it took me a few months to notice the optional update!

Hopefully this has been helpful to someone. Happy calculator usage!

- Ken
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14 Nov 2010   #19

This was my problem / solution

Had this problem intermittently with every program launched from keyboard. (when I was the most busy, of course)

Specifies the time, following user input, during which the system keeps applications from moving into the foreground.

Default: 200000


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