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I use Chrome browser on extended display, and its DevTools on built-in monitor. Both are using their own spaces in separate monitors.

My problem is when I move pointer from one monitor to other one I cannot click link immediately... I need first one click to select that screen/app and then secondary click is actually following the link.

Really annoying. So I'm looking how I could set up pointer when it moves from one display to another to automatically selects its current space.

If it's not possible from built in options, is it possible to be done through some script ?

Help appreciated.

  • This is one of those paradigm shifts that really irritates Windows users & Mac users usually are just so used to it they either forget it happens, or prefer it because it's never 'dangerous' in that the first click can't accidentally trigger an action, it just foregrounds the app. – Tetsujin Sep 18 at 12:57
  • So, no solution? – Perp Sep 18 at 13:17
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This is one of those paradigm shifts that really irritates Windows users & Mac users usually are just so used to it they either forget it happens, or prefer it because it's never 'dangerous' in that the first click can't accidentally trigger an action, it just foregrounds the app.
Of course, the other way round, Mac users are constantly clicking & actioning things on Windows when all they wanted to do was simply foreground the app ;)

There is an override behaviour which you may be able to use on occasions, but I know of no way to permanently change what is core behaviour on macOS.

If you hold Cmd ⌘ as you click in a backgrounded app, you should be able to act on a button or element without bringing the app to the front.
Of course, if you need more than a simple click action, you will have to foreground the app eventually.

On the upside, you never have to foreground an app to scroll a window; merely hovering the cursor over it is sufficient to focus the scroll action.

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