Consider this situation: I have two Preview windows with file1.pdf and file2.pdf, and another app, say Chrome, on a MacBook Pro with macOS Catalina.

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I navigate between the two pdf files with the three fingers scroll on the trackpad, and between the Preview app and the Chrome app with cmd+tab.

But if am reading file2.pdf, cmd+tab to Chrome, then cmd+tab again, I see file1.pdf (which was opened first) instead of file2.pdf (which I was reading).

Is there a way to cmd+tab from Chrome (or any other app of course) back to the last open Preview window?

  • Why not just three-finger swipe back again?
    – Tetsujin
    Nov 19, 2020 at 11:59
  • This is a simplified situation; I may have many open windows at the same time, and the 2 windows I need may not me adjacent
    – DavideL
    Nov 19, 2020 at 12:31
  • OK. tbh you've found one of the (very many) failings of fullscreen. You'll probably have to resort to the 'hold cmd, then down arrow' method… there's an explanation in apple.stackexchange.com/questions/193937/…
    – Tetsujin
    Nov 19, 2020 at 12:39
  • Very weirdly, with my method sometimes I get the desired behaviour and sometimes the wrong one.
    – DavideL
    Nov 19, 2020 at 21:07


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