"Command-Tab" switches between browser (or other) windows, but leaves the newly active window underneath, where you can't see it. What good is that?

This such an essential, minute-to-minute maneuver that there MUST be a shortcut that switches to another window and brings it to the top (as PCs do). Isn't there such a shortcut?

I think this question has been asked before, but I've never seen a straightforward solution. I'd like to make sure that the answer really is "You can't do that."

  • Firstly, welcome to Ask Different! :) I hope you come to find this site has a lot to offer! In case you haven't already, it's worth taking the time to read the tour. As for your question, when you say "but leaves the newly active window underneath" - this is not normal behaviour. Is this something that's always happening for you? Or just with some apps/windows?
    – Monomeeth
    Oct 17, 2019 at 23:35

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⌘ + TAB switches between applications. It brings up last active window of selected application.

Application can have many windows open (or no open window at all). To navigate between application windows:

  • first navigate to desired application using ⌘ + TAB
  • without releasing ⌘ use Up or Down arrow on keyboard to see all open windows of selected application.
  • Use Up/Down/Left/Right arrows to navigate between windows.
  • reaching desired window press Enter to bring it in front
  • I want to navigate between open windows, not necessarily between apps. E.g., on my Google Chrome browser I can open a new Google Chrome browser window. But when I try to switch between them, command+tab makes the switch but does not bring the newly active Google Chrome window to the top. I have to mouse and click on it to get it on top. This was a no-brainer on my PC, so I must be doing something wrong on my Mac. Oct 24, 2019 at 15:09

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