I work with two screens. On the primary screen, I have XCode on. On the other screen, I have the browser. While reading docs, I am usually focused on the XCode screen, typing in code.

So I want to close the tab in the other screen, I move my mouse to the 2nd screen and press CMD+W and it closes the XCode window instead because the focus is on that app. Sometimes I don't notice that the focus isn't on the other screen and close the app on the main screen instead. It's pretty annoying.

Is there any way to make the OS focus on the top window of the screen where the mouse pointer is active?

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Check Zooom/2 and its Auto Raise feature that "causes the application currently under the mouse point to become the front-most application, after a user-specified delay. It's possible to raise just the window under the mouse or all windows for an application."


  • Hey, thanks for this! This is great! Not just for multiple screens but also for single display setups.
    – radj
    Apr 4, 2013 at 1:18
  • Any confirmation if this still works under 10.9.1?
    – jxh
    Feb 22, 2014 at 0:49
  • Looks like the website for this no longer exists Aug 20, 2019 at 20:37

I made a python script that does this. Check it out: https://bitbucket.org/sivann/mac-screenfocus/src

It focuses the last app that had the focus before the mouse left the screen. No mouse clicks happen behind the scene :-)

In my setup, the external monitor is on the left, it may not work in the reverse, let me know..

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