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Mouse pointer and window focus in dual-screen displays.


Description Andrzej editbugs 2012-05-10 11:14:18 CEST
There is an inconsistency between mouse pointer position and active window in dual-screen setups.

Both are important - mouse position decides on which screen new windows will be opened, focused window receives keyboard input.

This means, there are two "active screens" the user has to be aware of.

Multi-screen display would be much more convenient to use if these two mechanisms were merged into a single concept of an "active screen".

Possible implementation:
- memorize which window on each screen were recently focused.
- use "focus follow mouse" to switch focus between these windows when mouse moves from one screen to another.
Comment 1 Leo White 2013-01-03 14:37:06 CET
I would also find it useful to have a single notion of "active screen". This should also include which desktop is switched by desktop switching shortcuts (#2749).

I think that if a user is using "click to focus" then the active screen should only change when they actually click somewhere on the screen. 

It would also be useful to have a keyboard shortcut for changing which screen is active (see #9717).
Comment 2 Git Bot editbugs 2020-05-29 11:49:57 CEST
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Bug #8866

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Reported on: 2012-05-10
Last modified on: 2020-05-29


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