Node module that allows you to steal focus from other windows in Windows.

Usage no npm install needed!

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Node module that allows you to steal focus from other windows in Windows.

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Microsoft changed the implementation of SetFocus() to only allow an app to grant focus to other windows if it currenly holds the focus. If an app that does not have the focus tries to take it, the taskbar will just flash rather than focusing the window. These changes was probably done to improve the user experience, so users would not be disturbed by the focused application suddenly switching.

This module circumvents the restrictions in SetFocus() and allows any window to steal the focus.

It reuses the Electron built-in focus on other platforms.


Install forcefocus by running:

$ npm install --save forcefocus

Native binaries for win, mac and linux are prebuilt and downloaded when the module is installed.



Kind: static method of forcefocus
Summary: Force focus on a Window
Access: public

Param Type Description
window BrowserWindow Window to focus


const forceFocus = require('forcefocus');
const currentWindow = require('electron').remote.getCurrentWindow();


Example application

Example application gif

An example application is located in the /example/ dir, start it by running:

$ npm run example


Feel free to contribute to this module.

Before submitting a PR, please make sure that the linter runs without any warning:

$ npm run lint


The project is licensed under the Apache 2.0 license.