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Time Out registers time spent typing (but not mousing) as "idle"

Using TimeOut version 2.3 on macOS Sierra (10.12.6) with the "Natural break detection method" set to "Event Monitor", I've noticed that TimeOut will start registering me as idle (and stop counting down) when I'm in a browser window typing but not using the mouse. Switching to "Event Source" seems to change this, but the configuration page says that "Event Monitor" is more reliable. Is this a known bug?

David Sinclair's picture

Re: Time Out registers time spent typing (but not mousing) ...

Sounds like you need to authorize accessibility accesss.

See this blog post for instructions.

Re: Time Out registers time spent typing (but not mousing) ...

That would be good to demonstrate in the app itself. When someone tries 'event monitor' could the app try requesting accessibility permissions from the system? That should make it more clear.

David Sinclair's picture

Re: Time Out registers time spent typing (but not mousing) ...

It does do that if you enable idle detection via the Setup Assistant, but I'm not sure if it'd do so when using the Advanced preferences option. I'll make sure it does.