I am using OS X El Capitan, 10.11.6.
I've noticed that whenever I open an app (irrelevant of which Space I open it in), continue operating in any Space other than the first, once the opened app is loaded, an auto-switching takes place, pulling me back to the first Space.
Is there any way to disable this?

This is extremely frustrating as it gets in the way of multitasking quickly, very often.

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No, there is no way to disable this.

There are a couple of ways to prevent an app from automatically gaining focus when you launch it (and shifting the Space you're in) but they are not practical solutions.

You can open an app from the command line using open -g -a [app name]. The -g flag means "Do not bring the application to the foreground." This only works to keep your focus in Terminal or a similar app. Some discussion of this technique here: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3882355?tstart=0

This article by Topher Kessler describes a way to edit an app's internal properties to force it to open in the background, but I can't recommend that. Errors made while editing the app could break the app, and updates to the app could revert the change.

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