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Default Dual monitors - which application is "active"

I just recently got set up with dual monitors.

I'm still pretty old-school, though, and do a lot of my computerizing with keyboard strokes & such.

One problem I have is that I'll quickly submit a command (e.g., Alt+F+C, Alt+N) while looking at one application (say, Word) but a different application (say, Excel) is the one that is activated all of my glorious spreadsheet work will be closed without saving my work.

Have you ever dealt with this problem? How do you deal with this problem? Is there a way to easily remind one's self of which application of the ones visible is "active" and is being sent the commands?

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I set up my the formatting of my open windows so that the overlay color is noticeably brighter vs. light grey or something for non-active. It seems to help, but I still often do the same thing.
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I set up my the formatting of my open windows so that the overlay color is noticeably brighter vs. light grey or something for non-active. It seems to help, but I still often do the same thing.
That must be a windows setting I imagine...probably under “display settings” ?
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It amazes me that there isn't already an automated solution for this. I have this problem too. I just try to be careful.
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Well, at least I'm not the only one. :sigh:
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I just noticed that, at least for Excel, the text of the file name at the top of the screen is white for the active window and gray for the non-active one.
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I just noticed that, at least for Excel, the text of the file name at the top of the screen is white for the active window and gray for the non-active one.



I have gotten into the habit of making sure I use the mouse to click on whatever I'm closing (or hit the up/down arrows a couple times to see where the cursor is moving) to ensure I don't close something else. Still happens occasionally but maybe 0.01x as often.
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