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In Windows, what is the difference between foreground and active window? To be specific, under what circumstances can a foreground window not be an active window? If the 2 terms are referring to the same concept why there're 2 terms.

The msdn documentation here mentions "clicking a window, or by using the ALT+TAB or ALT+ESC key combination" makes a window active as well as foreground. There is nothing explicitly about the difference between the 2 terms:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms632599(VS.85).aspx#foreground
 
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You can set an "always on top" attribute on a window as I recall. That window will be in the foreground even though another window has been given focus,
 
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Ah, this question brings back memories of the supposed good ol' days where popup windows became both the foreground window and active window (maybe it was that they were the same thing back then). There I would be, typing away in a Word document when I noticed a brief flash in the corner of my eye. And the Word document didn't have the last dozen or so characters that I typed. So I would sit there wondering what popped up, and even more frightening, what I gave the popup permission to do. Sigh, I miss those days. NOT!
 
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