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Why can't I switch between applications?


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I realize that I'm probably not doing it right. I'm used to hitting "alt+tab" to switch applications. So I use "apple+tab" and it looks like it is going to switch, but the new app does not come to the screen. However I notice that the new app does have focus because the bar at the top of the screen switches to the new apps bar. Just no application visible.

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Cmd+Tab will allow you to switch between apps.

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Cmd+Tab will allow you to switch between apps.
Sorry, I told you wrong. After looking at the keyboard, I am and was using command+tab.

Lets say I'm working in Firefox. I hit command+tab and switch to opera. Well Firefox stays on the screen, but the bar at the top says opera. Is this normal?
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With Opera it could be. The default setting of Opera's Mac version is that it does not open a Window if there is not a tab open. This can be changed in it's Preferences on the General tab I believe (not at my Mac right now).

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It would be normal if the cmd-tabbed to app was minimized as well

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With Opera it could be. The default setting of Opera's Mac version is that it does not open a Window if there is not a tab open. This can be changed in it's Preferences on the General tab I believe (not at my Mac right now).
Thanks for the reply. However I was using opera as an example. All of my programs work in this manner, no matter which I am switching to. The program that I switch to gets focus in the skinny bar at the top, but the actual program work area does not come to the screen.
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Do your programs have actual windows open, and are they minimized? If they are minimized or have no window open, then the control bar at the top will show that program but the window you just switched from will still be on the screen


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Do your programs have actual windows open, and are they minimized? If they are minimized or have no window open, then the control bar at the top will show that program but the window you just switched from will still be on the screen
Bingo. Its because the window is minimized.

Is there an option anywhere to have the window maximize when chosen from cmd+tab?

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I don't know of any way to get an application to maximize upon Cmd + Tab, but might I suggest hiding the application instead of minimizing it. Instead of hitting the minimize button or Cmd + M, hit Cmd + H. That way when you cycle through the applications via Cmd + Tab, the window will pop back up and it was out of your way the entire time.


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I don't know of any way to get an application to maximize upon Cmd + Tab, but might I suggest hiding the application instead of minimizing it. Instead of hitting the minimize button or Cmd + M, hit Cmd + H. That way when you cycle through the applications via Cmd + Tab, the window will pop back up and it was out of your way the entire time.
Sounds like a good solution to my problem. Thanks for the help
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