I have a Chrome window and this Chrome window covers the whole screen (not in the full screen mode, though). I also have 5 Finder windows under this Chrome window. So I can't see any Finder windows. Now I need a Finder window, so I use Mission Control. Everything works well, but when I close this Finder window, other all Finder windows show up on top of the screen, I don't need them, I only need one window.

How can I prevent this?

This is happening all apps. Not just in Finder and I am using Yosemite 10.10.

  • what window do you expect to show up (become active) – Ruskes Jul 31 '15 at 18:37

This is the Apple paradigm - all windows belonging to one app are part of a single process, unlike Windows, which is, as the name suggests, windows-based. Apple is App-based. What you are seeing is intended behaviour.

The simplest 'workaround' - though to me an indispensable way to use the machine - is to enable Spaces & the associated hot-keys, then put 'important' apps on a Space of their own & switch using the hot-keys.

[I'm in the middle of teaching someone how to use that method right now in meatworld - a Windows migrant learning the new paradigm - so if you're interested, I'll try to flesh out exactly how to go about it.]

  • You could also try Witch or Optimal Layout to add Windows alt-tab and other window based behaviour – Mark Jul 31 '15 at 20:21

You're clicking the Finder icon in Mission Control, click ONLY the window you want to display.

  • As I said, this is not special for finder. This is happening on all apps. – Tolgay Toklar Jul 31 '15 at 18:02
  • I've edited my answer, I think it should work for you now. – RedEagle2000 Jul 31 '15 at 18:16
  • No you got it wrong. I actually clicking just my window to display. When I close this window the other Finder windows shows up. – Tolgay Toklar Jul 31 '15 at 18:22
  • Don't close it, click back into Chrome and they should all go to the background. – RedEagle2000 Jul 31 '15 at 18:24
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    It doesn't need 'fixing', it's not broken. It's a different way of working; you're just used to another way. – Tetsujin Jul 31 '15 at 18:45

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