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Make option-click preference stick in Terminal Apps
For some really odd reason, Apple left the the key for "Option click to position cursor" out of the com.apple.Terminal.plist. Thus, changing the preference in the Show Info window doesn't do anything because there's no place to write the change! However, I experimented with putting the key from 10.1.5 in the file and it worked! Hence, it was no more than an oversight because the Terminal reads it.

You can put it back yourself with the following Terminal command:
 % defaults write com.apple.Terminal OptionClickToMoveCursor 'YES'
[Editor's note: I'd never though to try this simple fix ... very cool!]
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Opt-click works for me
Authored by: JohnnyMnemonic on Oct 10, '02 10:58:54AM

Opt click already works for me--maybe because I upgraded from 10.1 rather than did a clean install? Currently running 10.2.1 with all the updates.



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Opt-click works for me
Authored by: hombre on Oct 10, '02 11:49:03AM

It already works for me, also, and I did a clean install. My Users directory is on another partition. I would think that anyone who had in some fashion preserved their home directory would not have lost this feature. Right?



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Nope, not here...
Authored by: thatch on Oct 10, '02 12:35:31PM

I did a clean install and then migrated my $HOME over with psync but my option setting in terminal wouldn't stick until I tried this hint. Don't know why it affects different people differently.

Now if I could just get the window behavior in terminal to be more like it was in 10.1.5 where it would be more in the upper left corner of the screen upon launch rather than in the lower middle area which is in the way of other work. I tried futzing with the x and y values in the .plist as well as the uly value but it doesn't seem to do anything.



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Re: Nope, not here...
Authored by: jiclark on Oct 10, '02 01:08:14PM

[I know this isn't "staying on topic", but I need to vent.]

Yeah, it really bugs me that a lot of window locations still don't stick in Jaguar... Why is that? It seems unbelievable that Apple wouldn't be able to make windows stay where you moved them when you relaunch an app!! I know it's still a work in progress, but come on, this seems so basic...



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Nope, not here...
Authored by: kerbaugh on Oct 10, '02 01:52:50PM
   That's interesting. I preserved my home directory except for com.apple preferences. Thus, I know why "Option click to position cursor" didn't work for me. It is strange that it would fail for people who preserved their 10.1 preferences.
   I agree about the window issue and it's true for other Apple apps as well, like TextEdit.

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Nope, not here...
Authored by: Anonymous on Oct 11, '02 02:03:42PM

Arrange your window(s) just like you want them and set all the options you want. Go to "Save as.." and check "Open this file when Terminal starts up", if you have more than one windows also choose "All Windows" for "What to Save:".

A really neat function if you ask me.



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Nope, not here...
Authored by: thatch on Oct 11, '02 03:34:23PM

frjo, thanks. I had forgotten about the .term files and how useful they really are.



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NO Opt-click for me
Authored by: Han Solo on Oct 10, '02 02:35:50PM
On my brand-new G4 tower that came with Jaguar 10.2.1 pre-installed, option-click does not work in the Terminal.

Using the hint (and, or course, quitting then re-launching Terminal) just restored "option-clickability." Thanks!

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Opt-click works for me
Authored by: DavidRavenMoon on Oct 10, '02 11:47:05PM

Works for me too, 10.2 installed over 10.1...



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er
Authored by: bhines on Oct 11, '02 04:48:53AM

When you write a key to your defaults, it won't not be written because "there's no place to write the change". Keys are set, you don't need to "add" it first.



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Doesn't work. Help!
Authored by: JohnnyBender on Jul 22, '03 07:40:12PM

This tip doesn't work for me. I'm using OS X 10.2.6
The lines:

<key>optionclicktoMovecursor</key>
<string>YES</string>

Are at the bottom of my com.apple.Terminal.plist file.

Any ideas?



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Doesn't work. Help!
Authored by: larsskovgaard on Oct 18, '03 11:57:25AM

It is important that the letters of the single words are capitalized.

Optionclicktomovecurser doesn't work
OptionClickToMoveCurser works.

Also, be sure to restart Terminal for the settings to take effect.

/Lars



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Doesn't work. Help!
Authored by: larsskovgaard on Oct 18, '03 11:59:12AM

Oops. Spelling-error! It should of course read:

OptionClickToMoveCursor

/Lars



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