Archive for the ‘Terminal’ Category

Drag and drop in the Finder and the Dock

Monday, February 9th, 2004

My first text about drag and drop will be related to files in the Finder and the Dock. Drag and drop obviously feels like a natural way to do things, yet we don’t know every time when we can use it on a computer. Some might think that drag and drop only is for beginners, but I bet you will be surprised by some tips you’ll find here (I hope at least !)

I’ll try to make an in depth review of the subject, and highlight what I consider to be one of the greatest strength of Mac OS. This review will also cover basis of File management and some essential features found in the Finder and the Dock, but ending with more advanced tips.

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Tip: Activate a Terminal window by moving the mouse cursor

Wednesday, November 19th, 2003

Tip level : pro

Required : Terminal, Panther

Related link : Switch Terminal window focus with mouse movement

You want to be able to input commands in the Terminal without even making it the frontmost application ? You can if you turn on this hidden feature with the following command :

defaults write com.apple.Terminal FocusFollowsMouse -string YES

Relaunch Terminal before to activate it. If you have more than one Terminal window opened, you’ll be able to enter text in one by moving the cursor above it (notice the window activates when you do this : shadow and title bar appearance are modified). This can even be used when you are in an other application, but it seems to be somehow unpredictable when more than one window is opened (I think you need to wait a few milliseconds for it to work well !).