If I put iCal.app or Mail.app or iPhoto.app in full-screen mode, I'm unable to access those apps via Command+Tab from my main desktop interface. This seems like an oversight.

What's also puzzling is that if I manually switch to one of the full-screen apps (via clicking on its dock icon) and then use Command+Tab, I'm able to switch between that full-screen app and any other full-screen apps via Command+Tab, but as soon as I switch to a non-full-screen app, then I'm unable to return to a full-screen app via Command+Tab.

Is there a preference setting I'm missing?

2 Answers 2


Yes - Go to System Preferences / Mission Control and tick "When switching to an application ..."

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    Perfect! I can't believe I missed that.
    – user9596
    Aug 9, 2011 at 15:35
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    More like can't believe Apple missed that. It's ridiculously counter-intuitive.
    – Joe
    Feb 24, 2015 at 17:03
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    Dan - this does not even work for me. I have that checkbox clicked in MC under system preferences. Fullscreen windows do not get included in the cycle of all-windows cycling (command-tab_ or application cycling. Aug 14, 2015 at 13:12
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    Does not work on 10.11.4
    – Srneczek
    Aug 24, 2016 at 14:49
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    This doesn't work on Sierra.
    – orome
    Oct 15, 2016 at 15:12

In Ventura I fixed this by opening System Setting, then… go to Desktop & Dock (in the sidebar) > Near the bottom is Mission Control. Here's the screenshot… I believe the second item is the important one to fix this.

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