How to prevent AutoCAD Publish from stealing focus from the active window.

November 24, 2020 Bob Felton

Issue:

When AutoCAD publish is running a large plot job, every time a new plot starts, the AutoCAD application interrupts whatever program is running in the foreground with a pop-up window showing the plot progress.

Even after minimizing AutoCAD and opening Outlook, or Teams, etc, AutoCAD will continue interrupting email or a video conference with what Microsoft refers to as 'stealing focus'.

 

Cause:

Publish_in_the_background

Even when choosing the option to publish in the background, that applies to working in AutoCAD only and doesn't apply to working in other Windows programs.

 

Solution:

There is a Windows registry DWORD value called ForegroundLockTimeout whose Windows 10 default value of 200000 in decimal notation can be set to 100000 that effectively stops the interrupting loss of focus.

 

 

Search for and open Regedit, then Expand HKEY_CURRENT_USER as shown highlighted above, then locate and expand Control Panel and select Desktop. On the right, locate and double click ForegroundLockTimeout. Select 'Decimal' base and change 200000 to 100000.

Click OK and close Regedit. Then reboot your PC for the changes to take effect.

 

Warning! Problems caused by improperly editing the Windows registry could render your computer operating system unusable. Microsoft provides a wealth of critical information that you need to know about the registry in the Microsoft Knowledge Base at http://support.microsoft.com/support.


Use the Microsoft® Registry Editor only at your own risk and only after backing up the registry as well as the system.dat and user.dat files as outlined for your operating system in the Microsoft Knowledge Base and in the related solution, TS66513. Additional information about the registry is also contained in the Help topics in the Microsoft Registry Editor

 

About the Author

Bob Felton

Sr. Technical Support Specialist, Manufacturing<br><br>Bob Felton has been supporting Autodesk products for over 23 years including core AutoCAD, P&ID, Plant 3D, AutoCAD for Mac, AutoCAD Mechanical, and Vault. His background is in graphics with an Applied Sciences degree and ten years manufacturing experience drafting, as well as technical illustration, image editing, and even patent drafting.

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