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  1. #1 Switch between applications without browser recognizing? 
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    I was wondering if anyone here would know how I could switch between applications without my browser recognizing that I'm doing so?


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    What do you mean?


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    By "switch" I mean a function like alt-tab in Windows.
    So an example of what I'm trying to stop would be a game in my browser pausing whenever I switch to another application.
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    Tabbed browsers like Firefox can run multiple "applications". Is that kinda what you had in mind?
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    Quote Originally Posted by schip666
    Tabbed browsers like Firefox can run multiple "applications". Is that kinda what you had in mind?
    No, not really, as going to a new tab would pause the game in the scenario I proposed.

    Sorry if I'm difficult to understand English is not my first language.

    I just want the page in the browser to think that it is the primary program I'm interacting with.

    By primary I mean to say that if I am playing Fallout 3 it is my primary program, where as Mozilla Firefox, something else that I have running, is not my primary program because I am not interacting with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by m84uily
    By "switch" I mean a function like alt-tab in Windows.
    So an example of what I'm trying to stop would be a game in my browser pausing whenever I switch to another application.
    Why would you like to disable that??
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    Ah...pause the program that is not in the active window.

    In "normal" window systems there are signals sent to the application to
    announce the user's "focus". Each application can then respond appropriately.
    I don't think there are operating system level functions that will "put an app to sleep" when it gets put into the "background", but e.g. UNIX, has a "nice" command that lowers (or raises) a program's CPU resource allocation. There may be similar commands in the browser's API, but again the app itself would probably have to implement the behavior.
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    There is a shortcut to do so. It is Alt + Tab. Any more?
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