Monthly Archives: October 2009

Fixing Snow Leopard’s broken ‘focus follows mouse’ Terminal behavior

Since upgrading to OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), I’ve been frustrated by Terminal’s focus follows mouse behavior. I typically like such behavior but it’s broken as of 10.6. I would frequently CMD-Tab to switch to a different application and start typing only to wonder why my keyboard was not working, then realize my input had gone to the Terminal which sometimes was no longer even visible.

To fix this, type the following in Terminal:

defaults write FocusFollowsMouse -string NO

Then, restart Terminal. Voila! No more lost input in my Terminal.

Many thanks to for popping up when I googled this problem.