Sunday, April 6, 2008

Active on mouse over Mac OS X

This is something that I find pretty handy:

I am often ssh'd inter different servers or connected to routers, I usually have 4 Terminal windows open.
One of the big things is that by default they are not active / selected just by having my mouse over a specific window and you have to actually click on the Terminal window that you are actually using at that point in time.

So if you are dragging and dropping text between 2 Terminal windows you have to copy from source window then select destination window then paste.

Or you can enable the mouse over active stuff.

You can do this by opening a terminal window and typing defaults write FocusFollowsMouse -string YES to enable or defaults write FocusFollowsMouse -string NO to disable

This Hint could possibly be used for other applications too but I am not 100% sure about that.
In theory you could do the same with multiple Safari windows if you don't use tabbed browsing or if you wanted it for some reason.
Im not sure of the exact command but I would guess that you could use somehting like
defaults write FocusFollowsMouse -string YES

1 comment:

nickvence said...

I'm on a macbook and my palms keep bumping the trackpad which moves the cursor away from the window I'm working on. Thanks to:
defaults write FocusFollowsMouse -string NO

I don't have to worry about this anymore

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