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Avoid key presses when in Exposé's Show Desktop mode System
I accidentally found this bug today. I was in TextEdit and hit my F11 (Exposé - Show Desktop) key by mistake when I was reaching for the Delete key. So I hit the F11 key again to bring back my work, and found out that if you hit the F11 key and then hit any qwerty keys (including the Delete key) it will affect any document, or even text input areas in a web browser.

I tested this in TextEdit, Safari, Adium, and Word on 10.5 and 10.4. So if you use F11, be careful not to press any qwerty keys while in that mode.
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Avoid key presses when in Exposé's Show Desktop mode
Authored by: earthsaver on Feb 07, '08 11:05:07AM

Sure, and this would never be application-specific. It happens because when Exposé Show Desktop is invoked, the current active application/window remains active. Exposé is in this case just another screen view mode, not a separate application becoming active. I guess it'd be cool if the Finder became active and the previous application returned to focus when Exposé was released, but I think there are other reasons this isn't the case. To change focus to the Desktop/Finder you of course have to click it or something on it. When you release Exposé, the Finder remains active until you switch to another application. Or, you can use the application switcher or Dock to switch to an particular app immediately.

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Avoid key presses when in Exposé's Show Desktop mode
Authored by: robogobo on Feb 07, '08 05:32:51PM

Maybe you're right, but this only happens when you invoke Show Desktop (F11), not any other Exposé mode. I think this is a legit bug. Afterall, what's the point of being able to input text when you can see it?



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Avoid key presses when in Exposé's Show Desktop mode
Authored by: Mac Berry on Feb 07, '08 11:34:14PM

No it's definitely a bug. If you invoke Exposé's all apps mode, the app you were in is still in focus as you describe (take a look at the menu bar), but keyboard input is disabled, as it should be in show desktop mode.

Mark



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