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Running 10.04 and 10.10 (maybe before these) I've noticed that for some dialogs to accept input the mouse cursor must be in the parent window. This is the case even though from the window highlighting the dialog box is in focus.

Is there exposed configuration control for this behavior? I'm particularly interested in GUI controls. I've looked at mouse and window preferences - no joy.

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are you running compiz? – RolandiXor Dec 5 '10 at 1:28
Please append the necessary steps to replicate the problem to your question. That'd be tremendously helpful! – Stefano Palazzo Dec 5 '10 at 9:43

Have you enabled a feature called "focus follows mouse" at some point? The behavior you describe sounds like this option is turned on on your system. Check the window preferences, or else gconf (using gconf-editor) for a setting to that effect. Otherwise perhaps googling the term will help you.

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No, I've used that mode on Solaris. After Stefano's comment I tried some of the common apps and couldn't find a replication sequence that I could present. – marawuti Dec 7 '10 at 5:00
How does one retract a question? – marawuti Dec 7 '10 at 5:01
There's a "delete" link just under your question. Should be next to "close" and "edit" – Jeremy Dec 7 '10 at 5:53
But you could leave the question here, because it's a good question and has a correct answer. it might help others. – Torben Gundtofte-Bruun Jan 5 '11 at 16:50

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