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steal my focus for fedeora 18

asked 2013-01-18 07:45:35 -0500

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updated 2014-09-29 04:48:18 -0500

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Fed 17 had a gnome-extension called "steal my focus". Some of you may not agree with it's use, but when I transfer info from one app to another I DO WANT to transfer the window focus immediately to the receiving app. I definitely do not want to hit the notification area as it means moving my mouse where I DON'T want it. Any news on how I can accomplish the same thing with fedora 18?

Thanks in advance.

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answered 2013-01-18 09:22:38 -0500

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updated 2013-01-18 09:26:08 -0500

I suppose you could install it from here:

A comment there mentions that one should be able to make it work by editing the metadata.json file in ~/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions/"EXTENSION". Add version 3.6 to shell-version. For example:

  "shell-version": [

After that: alt-F2, r to reload gnome-shell

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answered 2013-01-18 11:16:46 -0500

oddasee gravatar image

Hello DGrift:

Thanks for the info. The extension does not install via the gnome-extension website.

I looked at MANUALLY installing according to:

However failed with this message: "C compiler cannot create executables". The log file says gcc has no input files. The command I used was:

./ --prefix=$HOME/.local --enable-extensions="steal-my-focus"

FROM WHAT I CAN GATHER ... (perhaps) I simply have to place the .js and .json files ( from ) into the folder:


then reload the shell with alt-f2 "r", which didn't work either. I also tried renaming the file ".json" file to "" to no effect.

Any other suggestions?

Thanks for your reply.

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answered 2013-01-18 15:34:11 -0500

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You were correct on all scores and the extension is working now that files are in the right directory!

Best Regards

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