Similar to this, but the behavior I'm seeing is even stranger.

I'm encountering some very frustrating behavior on El Capitan using multiple monitors with separate spaces for each monitor. When I cmd-tab between one program and another that has lots of windows scattered across the spaces (e.g. Chrome), sometimes OSX doesn't select a window of chrome that's visible on one of my two monitors - it goes and changes spaces for no apparent reason. It does change to a space with a Chrome window open, but it doesn't even select that window. I don't know precisely how to reproduce this, so I was wondering if anyone else had observed this behavior, and whether anyone knows how to fix it.

I know that disabling "Enable separate spaces for each monitor", as suggested in the linked question above, will eliminate this problem, but having separate spaces for my monitors is a big part of my workflow.

  • 1
    You're breaking the paradigm by having an app on more than one space. Your workflow would probably be more efficient if you used key commands to switch to a specific Space, rather than making the OS guess at which Space you want by cmd/tabbing. – Tetsujin Dec 8 '15 at 7:32
  • I didn't know that was a paradigm. Thanks for that! I'll give that a shot. – A.Wan Dec 8 '15 at 17:09
  • Well, after trying it out a little, I realized that this doesn't always work because I need multiple windows of the same app (e.g. Chrome) on different monitors (i.e. different spaces), and often I like to have two different apps (e.g. Chrome and terminal) on the same space. In both of those cases it's hard to avoid needing to cmd-tab between them. However, sometimes the cmd-tab behavior is as expected and the OS doesn't move between spaces\. Haven't pinned down when the OS changes spaces and when it doesn't. – A.Wan Dec 8 '15 at 17:25

Your Answer

 

By clicking "Post Your Answer", you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy, and that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies.

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.