I was adjusting Accessibility options and then poof the following programs disappeared from view.

  • Finder
  • Google Chrome
  • Atom (editor)
  • Opera

Safari is the only guy still working. Note: the processes for Chrome, Atom, Opera are still there: but the GUI's can not be shown. I have checked in other spaces: there are no apps in the other space.

I also logged off and even restarted the computer: same behavior. I reset the accessibility settings. No dice. What might be going on?

  • Which Accessibility options did you change and how? – klanomath Jan 2 '17 at 5:56

The issue was I had inadverently had both VGA and HDMI connections from the mac to the same monitor. It was actually working fine until I twiddled with the accessibility options.

Now why it is that the accessibility changes caused some programs to decide to migrate to the unviewable display? Not sure..

  • maybe you had fullscreen apps that were migrated to unviewable display – rajaganesh87 Jan 2 '17 at 7:08

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