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Is there any way to have Mac OS focus a window that I right-click on? It happens to me quite frequently that I right-click on something, choose "rename" or "create file" or what have you, need to type the filename and the keyboard input goes to another window, because Mac OS appears to switch focus only on a left-click.

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Concrete example: Right-click on a background Pages document, select Create paragraph style from selection (a sheet dialog will appear) and you cannot start typing. –  Daniel Beck Jun 11 '11 at 6:05
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Another common case for me is to create a new tab in Safari, when out of focus. The tab gets created but you can't type the URL because you are still out of focus. This seems to be an issue (bug?) that can be fixed with the next Mac OS X Release... But what can be the side effects of this issue being fixed? Is it really an issue or deliberate feature? –  Arko Jun 15 '11 at 8:57
    
Yes, that is the kind of thing that is bugging me so much. I take it this means that there is no solution? –  Steven Don Jun 15 '11 at 9:40

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You could use MondoMouse ($14.95, trial available), which supports Focus Follows Mouse.

Or from OS X: Point-to-Focus?

To enable sloppy focus do:

for just Terminal windows:

% defaults write com.apple.Terminal FocusFollowsMouse

-string YES

for X11 windows:

% defaults write com.apple.x11 wm_ffm true

for most other Mac apps:

use Codetek Virtual Desktop
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Close, but "focus follows pointer" is a bit too much for what I need. What I'm looking for is still click-to-focus, but not just on left-click, also on right (and middle) click. –  Steven Don Jun 14 '11 at 13:08

Try control-clicking. What happens? (Different apps behave differently with this--Finder being a notable exception.)

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It somewhat works for me. The window gets focus, and the context menu opens, but I cannot release the mouse button or the context menu will close; so I have to keep it pressed down, and release over the desired menu entry to select it. But other than that, it works quite well. –  Daniel Beck Jun 13 '11 at 11:17
    
That seems to behave a bit too erratically per app (and sometimes even inside the same app) to be useful. –  Steven Don Jun 14 '11 at 13:03

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