I often use split view, with some apps where I have to use the escape key within the app, several times in a row.

If I press the escape key too much it will move the active app out of split view.

This is extremely annoying. I search in the keyboard shortcuts settings, without luck.

How can I disable / modify this functionality?

This is on Mac OS Ventura 13.1.

  • Related: apple.stackexchange.com/q/110569/151404
    – JBallin
    Commented Jan 27, 2023 at 18:41
  • Another question is in what app are you repeatedly pressing Esc? If you have to press it so many times successively so often, it sound like there’s a bigger issue you’re trying to overcome.
    – Allan
    Commented Jan 27, 2023 at 19:30
  • @Allan several apps, but today.. Excel...
    – JFL
    Commented Jan 27, 2023 at 19:50
  • @Jballin I already searched this way but didn't manage to find how. SplitView is not an app. If you can details how to do it I would be grateful.
    – JFL
    Commented Jan 27, 2023 at 19:53
  • And this is on Excel for the iPad (I use it often)? Can you give a scenario where you need press the Esc key successively and/or often?
    – Allan
    Commented Jan 27, 2023 at 19:53

1 Answer 1


I was faced with the same issue.

To clarify, why "Esc" is needed in a browser: On some pages I use it many times without thinking, like on Home Assistant automation. There are many sub-windows created and these are closed most conveniently by tapping "Esc".

Unfortunately in split screen, they are not closed but the browser leaves the split screen (Firefox in my case).

Long answer short: I cannot use split screen. It is awkward to activate and left accidentally most times.

I arrange two windows next to each other and use "Esc" in the way it was meant.

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