I make heavy use of workspaces, and tend to have a lot of workspaces, most of which only have one window. I pretty much always have two different workspaces that have a window of Google Chrome open.

Ever since I updated from Yosemite to High Sierra, I've had this weird issue where, when I switch to one of the Chrome workspaces, it'll instantly jump to the other Chrome workspace (even though there's like 4 other workspaces between them).

I can't seem to figure out the precise set of conditions that causes this; it's random as far as I can tell (although, infuriatingly, once it does happen, it'll probably happen again immediately after when I try to correct). It can happen whether I'm switching workspaces via keyboard shortcut or trackpad gesture, but I don't think I've ever seen it happen if I open Mission Control to switch workspaces. I've only seen it happen with Chrome, but then, Chrome is the only application that I ever have open in multiple workspaces.

I've tried toggling the "When switching to an application, switch to a Space with open windows for the application." option in System Preferences->Mission Control, but it happens whether this is turned on or off.

Does anyone know what might be causing this and how I might fix it?

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    The root cause is having any app on more than one Space, which is a 'no fix' situation... I'd test & see if the actual 'bouncing' happens with Safari, or if it's Chrome-specific . – Tetsujin Nov 14 '17 at 8:48
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    It happens to me with applications other than Chromium. It happens with keyboard shortcuts, "Mission Control" switching, fullscreen applications, non-fullscreen applications, between different windows of the same application, and between different applications. Super annoying. It started after upgrading to High Sierra. – Steve Nov 17 '17 at 23:17
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    +1 This happens to me too. On the switch from Sierra to High Sierra. Very annoying. – ifermon Nov 21 '17 at 12:22
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    macOS 10.13.2 seems to have fixed this issue for me. Anyone else seeing that? – Daniel Dickison Dec 12 '17 at 5:11
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    Upgrading to to 10.13.2 seemed to fix it for me for about a day, but then it just happened again, so I guess that wasn't a real fix. – Pedram Jan 16 at 21:16

The only work-around I've found for this is to move the window that keeps stealing focus to another workspace. If I move it back to the previous workspace it will exhibit the same behaviour, so I need to delete that workspace and create it again, and then move the window back to it.

Upgrading to 10.13.2 didn't fix it for me.

Update: Upgraded to 10.13.3 and the issue is still there.

  • still no working solution, absolutely horrible decision made by Apple. The only way to prevent the app from creating its own isolated workspace is to not use it in full-screen. It sucks that Apple doesn't just allow the apps to utilize the already-existing desktop spaces to reduce the headache. I just want five desktops and work within only those spaces for my workspace. – briancrink Jun 19 at 23:11

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