I have 2 monitors on a Mac Mini (El Capitan) both plugged via HDMI.

Whenever I move the mouse from one monitor to the other, I cannot directly interact with the applications on the screen where the mouse is. I must first click on the mouse.

Weirder still, this does not apply for right-clicks. If I move the mouse to another monitor, I can for instance right-click on a Finder window and create a new folder. But I will not be able to type the folder name.

I would like to be able to use both monitors seamlessly: is it possible?


This question was incorrectly flagged as a duplicate of How can I make focus follow the mouse cursor?.

I am not trying to "bring a window topmost" when I move the mouse over it.

I would like to be able to interact with any graphical interface on any of my monitors in a normal fashion, without the extraneous click currently required when moving the mouse to a different monitor.

Doing the following has no effect (as far as I can tell)

defaults write com.apple.Terminal FocusFollowsMouse -string YES
defaults write com.apple.x11 wm_ffm true


I am currently using El Capitan but I am able to upgrade to Sierra. I could also install a third-party app, though I would prefer a native solution.

  • What you are asking for is focus follows mouse.
    – tubedogg
    Oct 27 '16 at 20:26
  • @tubedogg No it is not what I am asking. I am not talking about focus. Maybe it is how it works "underneath" but this is not specifically what I need (a technical explanation of how Mac handles multiple monitors might be interesting but this is not my question).
    – Sébastien
    Oct 28 '16 at 10:21
  • Did you try the solution of the dupe link? Because the way you don't have to click twice (once to make the window active and the second one for the actual click) is called "focus."
    – Allan
    Oct 28 '16 at 10:29
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    It's a paradigm difference, Windows allows any click to act on the element under the cursor. Mac doesn't - or didn't... it's now partially implemented [much to my annoyance] for many elements. Close window by clicking over the red dot, for instance, now works that way :/
    – Tetsujin
    Oct 29 '16 at 18:06
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    I would agree this should be reopened insofar as I agree with Sébastien that it should actually be re-closed as a duplicate of the question about click-through (34446) not the one about focus follows mouse, given his edited question.
    – tubedogg
    Oct 30 '16 at 5:25

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