I have this weird issue where if I switch between two apps with a trackpad they do not gain focus and I have to click the app to start working in it.

Note that, by "switching between apps", I mean switching between 2 "desktop spaces" in Mission Control, one desktop space having just 1 app open at a time.

This is super annoying as it is way more convenient to, for example, be able to just press CommandT to open a new tab in Chrome instead of having to click the app and then press CommandT. This issue is reoccurring, I've had times when it went away and then came back again.

Or am I just imagining stuff? It may just be that I never noticed this, but I would definitely remember being annoyed by something.

  • Yes it happens sometimes.. I just click in the dock to get focus. Or use cmd + tab in the first place.
    – anki
    Aug 31, 2020 at 10:49
  • I have the same issue, has anyone solved it yet.
    – Re9iNee
    Jan 16 at 10:30
  • @Re9iNee sadly it solved itself so I still have no answer for this; but the good news is that it hasnt appeared eversince
    – ddruganov
    Jan 17 at 9:39

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I somehow found a solution.

so previously I'd restart my Mac and that would solve this problem. but I didn't want to restart it.

The Solution I came up with is to use Log Out instead of restarting. This is way faster than Restart and its not annoying.

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