Stranger things are happening with macOS 12 (on every version) on my MacBook Air M1. When I switch between Spaces (and with a window in full-screen mode), then the window in the next Space is not in focus when switching, and sometimes when moving quickly with a swipe, for example, from 3D Space to 1st, the system takes me back to 3D in half a second.

I've looked all over and can't figure out what could be the problem.

  • Did you ever fix this?
    – Ken
    Commented Dec 10, 2022 at 15:53
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    no. it is disappearing after reboot, but after 15-20 mins returning. i reinstalled mac os but bug is still there( Commented Dec 11, 2022 at 17:00
  • Related: Spaces are switching unexpectedly.
    – kenorb
    Commented May 28, 2023 at 11:08
  • Its funny that they removed this feature, it was so nice on previous OS versions.
    – traisjames
    Commented Jul 3, 2023 at 3:04

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I was having a big issue with window not being in focused when switching spaces after having updated my mac to Ventura, hence stumbling across this thread.

For anyone who's still having this issue, I've found an indirect workaround by accident today. And after having tested for awhile it seems to fix this issue well. Try download AutoRaise or Yabai Window Manager from Github and see if it solves your issue (I'm only using the first one for now).

Basically what it does is it'll focus on the windows that your mouse is pointing at, which is good for people who have multiple things open in the same window for multi-tasking, and you'd need to click the window to have it focused first before you can do anything with it, which is extremely annoying, and that's the point of these 2 apps. They just happen to also fix the full-screen space not being focused.

  • Maybe give the link to the github?
    – Thinkr
    Commented May 24, 2023 at 6:32
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    @Thinkr Didn't wanna make it look like a commercial. But yeah bro, please try github.com/sbmpost/AutoRaise
    – Ice Sucha
    Commented May 25, 2023 at 15:28
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    @Thinkr And this one is for Yabai. I heard it's more versatile if you configure it through command line. Haven't tried it, though: github.com/koekeishiya/yabai
    – Ice Sucha
    Commented May 25, 2023 at 15:30
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    Yeah, thanks. Might be nice to include that in the question. ;)
    – Thinkr
    Commented May 25, 2023 at 15:38
  • Ok but what about when you have multiple windows open and you want to mouse over one window to scroll but still type in another window. That is what you could use to do.
    – traisjames
    Commented Jul 3, 2023 at 3:05

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