Preventing Outlook (and other programs) from stealing focus

Reading Time: 3 minutes. This post was most recently updated on October 9th, 2018.This post describes how to stop Windows applications from stealing focus from each other. In a practical sense, no piece of software should be able to “jump” to the top and activate your cursor in it, after the steps in this blog post have been applied. Description After some recent batch of Windows updates my Outlook desktop client started stealing focus whenever there was a new email coming in. Like most people, I get a lot of email, and after a while my humor completely ran out with Outlook jumping in, […]

SharePoint Authentication prompt

SharePoint Windows Authentication fails on other addresses than localhost

Reading Time: 2 minutes. This post was most recently updated on October 9th, 2018.This post describes how to fix Windows Authentication on a SharePoint server failing on other addresses than localhost. Symptoms You get the standard Windows/Basic Authentication prompt when accessing your SharePoint site, but the site won’t accept your credentials when your accessing the site using an address like http://website. However, using address like http://localhost works fine (but of course may cause other problems). You also get event log entries like this (most likely in System -category): The program w3wp.exe, with the assigned process ID, could not authenticate locally by using the target name […]