Tips October 28, 2004 at 3:52 pm

Mouse-over Window Focus in a Terminal Window

From the Terminal, type:

defaults write FocusFollowsMouse -string YES

Quit and restart the Terminal and enjoy!

This change is only for your account – and is not machine wide – so if you’re using someone else’s machine with a networked home directory, this preference should follow you.

I know all you Linux/X11 users who are going to love this one! If you don’t like it, though, just re-do the command with NO at the end instead of YES.

If you want to use the same feature in the X11 interface, simply use the following line in the X11 command window:

defaults write wm_ffm true

To turn it off here, replace the true with false


Andrina Kelly is responsible for anything and everything touched by, or connected to, a Mac at Bell Media, Canada's premiere multimedia company. You may recognize her name from the end credits of Canada's evening news broadcast. She has previously spoken at MacSysAdmin, JAMF National Users Conference, Apple's WWDC, Macworld IT conferences, Mac Networkers Retreat, and Canada MacExpo.

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