Snow Leopard’s Terminal.app comes with a new feature: focus follows mouse. Many people have asked for it, I guess, but I don’t like it. Or maybe it’s the half-baked implementation that annoys me. Or I am too lazy to change habits: I frequently switch between Terminal and Safari using
cmd-tab and when I want a new Safari tab
cmd-t and my curser is hovering over a Terminal window I get a new tab in Terminal. For me that’s a fail.
Googling didn’t bring up anything, so I asked the mighty Lazytwitter:
How can I turn off Snow Leopards retarded focus follows Terminal window unfeature? #lazytwitter
And it replied 6 minutes later:
@janl Close Terminal.app and do ‘defaults write com.apple.Terminal FocusFollowsMouse -string NO’ — that should do the trick…
Feedback on twitter suggests that this is only enabled on Upgrade installs and not clean installs of Snow Leopard, but I don’t really know.
It wasn’t like this on my Snow Leopard install (I just did the regular upgrade from Leopard). I actually did "-string YES" to see how this is and I quickly turned it off again.
I had the same behaviour here on my Snow Leopard upgrade from Leopard: Not enabled by default. Tried it out and turned it off, too. ;-)