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  1. #1

    Member Since
    Aug 11, 2007
    Activate window and do action

    I didn't really know how to put this question, hence the daft title.

    Here goes, I have the new 24inch iMac, nice big screen, which means lots of different windows and therefore lots of swapping and switching between windows.

    Once of the most annoying things is, for example being iTunes which is active, and having an inactive Safari window behind it, I then click a link in the Safari window and nothing happens, it just activates the window, so i have to click again to go to the link.

    Can this be changed?



  2. #2

    dtravis7's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 04, 2005
    Modesto, Ca.
    iMac 2010 27" QuadI7 OS10.13 iMac 2008 OSX10.11, MBP Late2011OS10.13 , iPad Pro 10.5", iPhone 5s,
    Try hitting the F9 Key. Expose. All windows become smaller and visible and you click what you want.

  3. #3

    Member Since
    Aug 11, 2007
    Thats a good idea.

    But its not as neat as it would be if I could just activate and do an action on the screen in one click. Rather than clicking Expose, then the screen I want to use then the action I want to do.

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    fearlessfreap24's Avatar
    Member Since
    Feb 09, 2005
    MacBook Pro 13" | MacBook Pro 13" | Mac Mini 2GHz C2D
    i usually set up a hot corner for that. go to system preferences>desktop and screen saver>screensaver there is a button in the lower left corner that says hot corners. check it out

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    Dec 22, 2006
    Texas, where else?
    15" MBP '06 2.33 C2D 4GB 10.7; 13" MBA '14 1.8 i7 8GB 10.11; 21" iMac '13 2.9 i5 8GB 10.11; 6S
    No, none that I am aware of - you will have to do 'something' to activate a different window before you can use it.

    Most apps use a variety of shortcut keys. These shortcuts have different functions depending on what application is active. Just imagine if the shortcut keys worked on every open app rather than only the active one.
    I cannot be held responsible for the things that come out of my mouth.
    In the Windows world, most everything folks don't understand is called a virus.

  6. #6

    Member Since
    Aug 11, 2007
    OH well, if it can't be done then it can't be done.

    Thanks anyway

  7. #7

    Member Since
    Jul 06, 2007
    Hong Kong
    Macbook Pro Santa Rosa 15" 2.4Ghz, 8600M GT 256MB Gfx, 2GB RAM
    i usually just doubleclick in such a situation, or i use one hand to alttab (apple-tab now) and the other to click. - forum for fun people

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