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Windows 7: I want calculator to steal focus!

16 Nov 2009   #1

windows 7 64 ultimate
I want calculator to steal focus!

I have a microsoft keyboard with a calculator button above the numpad. When i run calc.exe form the start menu it pops up in front and in focus. However, when i run calc by hitting the keyboard button, calculator starts in the background behind whatever im working on - i have to then use alt-tab or click on the taskbar icon to bring it forward.
Whats going on and how can I get calculator to open in foreground?


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16 Nov 2009   #2

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE

I don't know what the problem is, but then I'm on a Logitech keyboard, and it pops right out on top like it should, either by keyboard or start menu.
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17 Nov 2009   #3

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit

I have a microsoft keyboard also and when I press the calculator button it comes to the front

Microsoft Keyboard I have
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17 Nov 2009   #4

windows 7 64 ultimate

I'm running windows 7 64 ultimate and using the latest win 7 64 keyboard drivers: IntelliType Pro 7.0 64-bit for Windows 7. Using the microsoft "digital media pro keyboard".

I've tried its default config and even assigned the key manually to open calc.exe in both the sysWOW64 and system32 folders.

Also noticed that it always open behind the current window, so if i have 5 windows open, it will appear behind the front one. This is inexplicable. Are there any operators I can type at the end of the file path that will make it open in focus?
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17 Nov 2009   #5

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE

Does your keyboard have a driver that permits you to assign function to your hotkeys? If so, and all else fails, you could download a different calculator and point the calculator key to it.
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17 Nov 2009   #6

windows 7 64 ultimate

Yeh, the firmware allows me to assign any function to the key. By default, the radio button is set to 'Starts Calculator' but you can set the radio button to 'Start a program, Web page, or file' - which is the setting I used to manually point to calc.exe.

I'd rather use the windows calculator if possible though - there must be some reason why it starts in the background - any uber geeks here that can explain it?
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17 Nov 2009   #7

windows 7 64 ultimate

UPDATE - found some more forums with similar threads. A workaround is to right-click on calc.exe and apply a keyboard shortcut ie. Ctrl + Alt + C. Go to the keyboard config and set the button to 'keystroke' and use the same keyboard shortcut.

IMPORTANT - You must apply the shortcut to the keyboard button FIRST, then apply the shortcut to calc.exe SECOND. Otherwise, when you try to tap the keyboard shortcut into the keyboard config box, calc will pop up and prevent you from applying the shortcut.
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18 Nov 2009   #8

Windows 7 64

This works great. One little note I had to figure out myself. You have to right-click on the shortcut in accessories in the start menu and apply the keyboard shortcut. When you go to C:\Windows\Syswow64\calc.exe there is no option to create a keyboard shortcut. I instead right-clicked on the shortcut in my start menu and made the ctrl-alt-c keyboard short cut...Thanks Mikedz, worked great!!
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14 Dec 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit)

As far as I can see, the problem does not lie with calc.exe itself.

I'm using IntelliType Pro 7.0 / Windows 7 Ultimate / Microsoft Digital Media Keyboard 1.0A.

I tried assigning calc.exe to one of the 5 generic shortcut keys at the top of the keyboard. It successfully opened the calculator on top of everything else, with focus as it should.

It is only when I use the special Calculator key with the wee picture of a calculator on it that there are issues.
  1. For me it also appears behind the front window - not at the back, but just one space too far back!
  2. When I am using Remote Desktop and I press the calculator button, it opens it both on the remote machine and on my machine. This has been a quirk of the Calculator button i've observed in the past. The five generic shortcut keys don't exhibit this behaviour, though. I've not tested "Log Off" and "Sleep" just in case!
My suspicion is that this is maybe even an issue with the keyboard itself. I think I was able to use the Calculator button before even installing IntelliType. Maybe IntelliType only handles the generic custom shortcut keys.

Does anyone have any thoughts to confirm/deny this?

- Ken
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17 Dec 2009   #10

windows 7 64 ultimate

I'm not at my regular machine at the moment so can't test, but I have experienced calc opening behind the frontmost page - not right at the back. I havent tested using the other config buttons to open calc. It must be a firmware issue that the boffins havent gotten round to sorting yet.
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