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I usually don't want the Safari Downloads window to grab focus (come to the front) when I begin a download. I noticed that the window only grabs focus when a download is added to an empty downloads list. Unfortunately, I also prefer the 'Remove item upon successful download' option. Thus, almost every time I start a download the Downloads window grabs focus.

To work around this, I simply started a download and then canceled it, leaving it in the Downloads window. Now when I start downloads, the window stays in the background, and I can continue browsing unhindered.

Hopes this helps someone.
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Prevent Safari Downloads window from grabbing focus
Authored by: edoriv on Jan 14, '04 11:11:59AM

I really wish it would auto close after a download...

at least this is a simple solution that will at least keep it behind the main window

thanks never considered this idea



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auto close downloads window
Authored by: ali baba on Feb 05, '04 04:28:18AM

saft (shareware) can do this:

http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/20346

it's main purpose is to provide true fullscreen for safari and is well worth the fee



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Prevent Safari Downloads window from grabbing focus
Authored by: helicine on Jan 14, '04 11:51:55AM

You can accomplish the same thing by simply opening the Safari Downloads window (opt+cmd+L) and then just leave it behind the main window in Safari.

Then when you start new downloads, the download window shouldn't take the focus away from the main window.



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Prevent Safari Downloads window from grabbing focus
Authored by: rottiepaws on Jan 14, '04 12:37:21PM

I actually would rather see the download window pop up every time. It frustrates me that it won't if it's already open. For me, it lets me know that a file is downloading because clicking on a link doesn't always result in a download. is there a way to have it always pop up?



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Prevent Safari Downloads window from grabbing focus
Authored by: osxpounder on Jan 14, '04 01:22:38PM

I, too, would prefer to always see it every time, and would love to see that as a preference in future Safari versions.

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Prevent Safari Downloads window from grabbing focus
Authored by: Alrescha on Jan 14, '04 02:38:17PM

I want to see it every time too, but I don't want it to have the focus. :-)

A.



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Prevent Safari Downloads window from grabbing focus
Authored by: markf21 on Jan 14, '04 07:13:06PM

I like to have the dl window just slightly offset to the side of the open Safari window. That way it doesn't steal focus but I can see that a dl is in progress when a site doesn't give me feedback.

Mark



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the best overall solution???
Authored by: edoriv on Jan 14, '04 07:36:28PM

maybe the best idea would be to incorporate the download window into a window drawer that could pop out left or right of the main window and slide shut after the downloads complete... this would make it always visible when downloading but not grab focus and sort out of the way.



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the best overall solution???
Authored by: robarmo on Jan 14, '04 08:20:55PM

This "drawers" solution, like the mailboxes in Mail, is a great idea if you've got the screen real estate, but for iMac and iBook users, who are limited to 1024 x768 this can be a real pain. The latest iCal is the perfect example, where we can no longer run it at full screen size because we have to allow for the (non resizeable) drawer to pop out.

So I guess its not the best solution overall.

Personally I want the window to pop up when something starts downloading. Also as I'm on dial-up, I'd like the ability to pause the downloads until later, or have an "offline" mode.

Rob.



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Prevent Safari Downloads window from grabbing focus
Authored by: gopes on Jan 14, '04 03:06:20PM

Just close the DL window after you've started a download. Each successive DL-link will re-open the window.



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Prevent Safari Downloads window from grabbing focus
Authored by: johnq on Jan 15, '04 01:14:13AM

Drawers are a real pain.

What we need, pun fully intended, is a real pane.

Panes are far better than drawers for most things. If you use something more than rarely, it should be a pane.

IE's left panes, dare I say it, are a good example. Granted in this case, a shorter bottom pane might be more logical, justifying the height for a left pane just for downloads might be hard.



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Prevent Safari Downloads window from grabbing focus
Authored by: rofl on Jan 15, '04 04:03:09AM

Okay panes are better than drawers, but what about a site like the bookmarks one, you could have a tab "Downloads". Like Opera does. Showing the time of the D/L time...



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Prevent Safari Downloads window from grabbing focus
Authored by: balthisar on Jan 15, '04 06:19:30AM

I actually prefer the approach whereby a separate window opens for every downloaded file, and steals focus, like NOT using the download manager on Mozilla. The thing, though, is I may not like this on the Mac. On Mozilla (which I use at work on Windows; I'm not a troll), I just hit Alt-Space, N rapidly and the window minimizes. Best of both worlds. On the Mac, I'm always having to use the mouse for every little thing.

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Prevent Safari Downloads window from grabbing focus
Authored by: robmorton on Jan 16, '04 10:02:59AM

Man, I don't like any of the solutions I have seen or heard mentioned. I guess my preference would be something in the title bar that says there are downloads active. If I click on that, then open a window or drawer. Other than that leave my screen the way I want my screen. I would rather it open in a tab over what it currently does. Having said this, adding a downloads preference pane that has Show window/drawer, Bring to front, and Show activity in toolbar does not seem like it is too much. Move the other download items from the general tab and you have a total of 5 options.



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