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    Windows automatically closing when switching applications
    Hello everyone,

    I really hope someone will be able to lend me a hand. Whenever I switch between programs, the one being opened automatically closes whichever window I was viewing.

    In other words, as I browse the web on Safari, and choose to open up a Finder window, the Safari window is automatically closed. This occurs between every single program.

    At no time am I able to have 2 windows open at the same time. I'm somewhat new to Macs, but I do have a degree in Computer Science and still can't figure this out. To answer some obvious questions, this has nothing to do with Spaces or ANY setting within.

    I believe it has something to do with me using Google Chrome Full screen. However now, even out of full screen, regardless of what programs are open (including Chrome), the problem remains. Please help as I am desperate. Much appreciation.

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    What is your OS version? Assuming it's some version of OSX, please clarify the meaning of windows closing. Is it that it's "docked"?

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    Mac OS X 10.6.7

    Here is a video of the exact problem. Thank you sooo much for all assitance.

    YouTube - ‪SAMSUNG SGH-i917_000519.mp4‬‏

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    I can't tell from your video as it's too small and things are happening too fast, but it may have something to do with your Dock preferences.

    Click on the Apple in the upper left of your screen and choose "Dock", then choose Dock preferences. Take a look at how applications are being minimized to the Dock.

    And, do you have any desktop enhancement utilities loaded? Anything that changes the desktop behavior, icons, Dock, etc?

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    Thanks for the response!

    In the video, I was just illustrating how switching between any two windows automatically minimizes the current window. I'm sure it looks confusing and fast I apologize for that. Pretty much just clicking between any two applications.

    I've gone over the doc settings, and there isn't anything there unfortunately.

    As for the desktop enhancements: Unfortunately this is also where I've started thinking the problem originated. I got a little over zealous when I first got the Mac and dove in a little too fast.

    I have Onyx, though it isn't a setting that I've found in there.

    I had a theme changer (Theme Park I believe), that I've since uninstalled. I am near certain this is where the problem originated. Besides a system restore, is there a way to default back to the original preferences in their entirety? I.e all settings even those that aren't listed in a user preference pane?

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    There's a possibility the theme changer altered the way the desktop behaves. As with most desktop enhancement utilities, certain core functions are changed in order to give whatever effect the utility offers. Most can be undone by removing the utility. However, there are some utilities which even when removed, leave the changes in place.

    Can you tell us which theme changer you installed and which method of uninstallation you used to remove it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    Can you tell us which theme changer you installed and which method of uninstallation you used to remove it?
    Quote Originally Posted by Halo09 View Post

    I had a theme changer (Theme Park I believe), that I've since uninstalled. I am near certain this is where the problem originated. Besides a system restore, is there a way to default back to the original preferences in their entirety? I.e all settings even those that aren't listed in a user preference pane?
    Go into /Library/Application Support/Theme Park.

    If the Theme Park part of the file is there drag it to the trash as well. I just dl it and applied a theme and it doesnt have a uninstaller. But when i dragged it to the trash AppTrap asked me if i wanted to trash the associated file so i dare say its still sitting in there. Once done log out then back in and all should be ok

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    Thanks for the ideas fellas. I tried the suggestions and even with AppTrap I had no luck. I am certain it has something to do with a third party theme package. I'm afraid there is no other option but to do a restore. Thanks for the help though guys

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    Ok now I am just baffled. I did a system restore and it is still doing it???

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    WHat have you dl ova the last week and installed ??
    Maybe try to re-install Theme Park and then Trash it again with AppTrap installed ??
    Try Repairing Permissions or run Oynx log out then back in. Is Oynx the correct .v for the OS you are using as this could cause havoc with the system if it was incorrect . . .
    Open Activity Monitor and see what processes are running. You might be able to see the culprit and force quit it then go looking for that App/File/Folder ??

    Just throwing things out there now.
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    When you say restore, did you do a clean install or just standard install?

    Maybe also give setting up a new user account a go and see if it happens there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6string View Post
    When you say restore, did you do a clean install or just standard install?

    Maybe also give setting up a new user account a go and see if it happens there.
    You sir, are a genius. Can NOT believe I never thought to just create a new account. Problem solved instantly. Thank you, so much.

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    Ok... since the issue doesn't exist in the new user account, but does in the old, the plist file you need to delete is probably located in /Users/youruserid/Library/Preferences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EvenStranger View Post
    Ok... since the issue doesn't exist in the new user account, but does in the old, the plist file you need to delete is probably located in /Users/youruserid/Library/Preferences.
    ...perhaps com.apple.finder.plist

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