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Questions tagged [multitasking]

Multitasking is the ability to run multiple tasks at the same time.

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Why do all other windows minimize when I open a window from the dock?

Clicking an app icon from the dock causes all other windows onscreen to minimize. Is this intended? Is there a way to configure it so selected app's most recent window gets placed on top without ...
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How to change a note background in the preview app from transparent to any other colour?

When I add a note to a highlighted text (right click - Add Note), the background is transparent, which makes it difficult to read because it overlaps with the PDF text (example screenshot below). I ...
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Find background process causing jank, erratic mouse movement, choppy audio since upgrade to Mojave

I recently upgraded to Mojave in order to install a new SSD. Since then, I intermittently experience an issue where every now the CPU seems to freeze for a split second, a few times within a second or ...
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Remove blur effect from lock screen on High Sierra

I'm on High Sierra 10.13.5. Following these steps to use my unblurred original wallpaper on the initial login screen of my Mac worked perfectly. Now I would like to do the same thing with the lock ...
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Possibilities when not using background app refresh

I like the idea of Background app refresh in iPhone that whenever I open back the app, I'll get new content on screen. However, can someone enlightenment me what happens if i opt not turning on ...
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App in background

I have an iPhone 5C, running an app that is connected to a Bluetooth device. When the connection to the Bluetooth device is lost (spreading apart, Bluetooth turned off etc.) the app sounds a buzzer. ...
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How to troubleshoot apps of which multiple instances can be launched

I have been observing strange behavior with two dictionary apps from a French / Belgian developer. I can launch both of them multiple times -- i.e., multiple instances of the app will appear in the ...
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On iPad Pro, does some apps stay full screen even when working in a 2 app side-by-side mode?

Because Pokemon Go has a bug on the iPad version and I cannot see the number of Pokeballs remaining to catch a Raid Boss (due to aspect ratio of iPad about 4:3, not the same as iPhone's 16:9), so I ...
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iOS 11: How to prevent an app from opening in slide over mode?

I am reading my emails and want to open a link. This link is automatically opened in my browser in slide over mode. I have an IPad Pro 10.5 and when used in portrait mode, the slide over app is tiny ...
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Mission Control app switching is broken - chosen app is NOT focused

Problem: Activate mission control Chose app - eg. Click Safari Mission control exit animation plays, but an app OTHER than Safari has focus. I cannot express how frustrating this is. There is ...
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Multitasking bar does not show up on my iPhone

The following page indicates what the multitasking bar should look like after pressing home twice: https://gigaom.com/2011/02/21/ios-101-how-to-use-multitasking-on-your-iphone-or-ipad/ However when ...
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Can Applescript be multithreaded?

I am writing an Applescript for Spotify that is supposed to do two things: Log every new song played. Every N seconds check what sound device is used. I do (1) by a simple loop that check how much ...
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Apple Mail on iOS 10 loses email message when you switch apps?

Can anyone reproduce this behavior? Open the "Messages" app on iOS. Find or create a message that contains an email@address.com. Click the email@address.com to start a new email. (The Apple "Mail" ...
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Why do multiple instances of the same application occasionally open accidentally?

This doesn't happen often, but occasionally I will try to switch to an open application (either by clicking its icon in the dock, or by double-clicking on a document that opens in that application), ...
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iOS: Bluetooth LE background app

I severly suffer from iOS (supposedly) killing my apps all the time although I purpusefully do not kill them. They are also listed in the task manager (double tap on home). This is especially bad for ...
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Can two apps in one iPhone can be connected to same peripheral?

I have to connect two apps to Bluetooth band (peripheral) at the same time and in same device. Please Guide.
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IOS: How to “unsnap” a slide over app

It’s easy to put app to the side in iOS 11, but how to un-pin it back? It always opens in this mini view. I have an older iPad and I cant swipe down to put sideloaded app on the main screen. The ...
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How is Clash of Clans added to the bottom of recent apps?

If I swipe it up, it opens Clash of Clans. May I know what feature is this?
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How to prevent iOS 10 apps from “resetting” when activated after being backgrounded?

Sometimes, I'll get a notification for an interesting story on the Medium app, tap it, opening the story in Medium, but then get interrupted, so I switch to another app, putting Medium in the ...
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Does “Background App Refresh” only refresh data or does it also allow the app to update in background?

I do not prefer automatic updates because they can change the function of an app unexpectedly as well as use bandwidth when I am trying to do something else on the internet.
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Wi-Fi Disconnects When Locking iPhone

I want to use Google Photos to back up my photos from my iPhone SE running iOS 10. I'm connected to Wi-Fi. I start the backup process and I connect my phone to power and then I lock it. It should just ...
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Assigning a keyboard to a specific app Sierra

I have a Macbook Pro running Sierra with an external monitor and an Apple bluetooth keyboard. I would like a way to assign the bluetooth keyboard to a specific application no matter what application ...
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Automatic App Updates not in the Background anymore since iOS 10

Before updating to iOS 10, I never actively saw the updates happen (the icon going dark, etc), apparently they always happened during the night or something. Since updating to iOS 10, every morning ...
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Two persons independently using one MacBook Pro

Is it possible for such a setup as the following: Hooking one MacBook Pro up with two separate monitors, two separate mice, and two separate keyboards, allowing two different persons to work ...
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Can closed (not running) apps access background app refresh?

Can closed apps (i.e. not running, or suspended) access background app refresh or modify their program state to gain access to background app refresh? And conversely, if background app refresh is ...
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Apps not working properly in background

I have an iPhone 5C with iOS 10, and I have several apps that are supposed to do things in the background - specifically I'm thinking of Google Photos, IFTTT, and Android Wear, although there are ...
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Force apps to not suspend, auto restart apps

I have at least two apps which must run all the time in background, otherwise there is no point about it: HID Mobile Access: Opens doors via Bluetooth LE, when phone is locked/in pocket Noke: Opens ...
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Does Background App Refresh affect notifications?

I get notifications from apps like Snapchat or Facebook Messenger. Does turning off Refresh affect these notifications?
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Do iOS apps run in the background?

Let's say if I install a dozen games and utilities on the iPhone, and then also installed chat apps like WhatsApp, WeChat, Line, then When the iPhone restarts, can all these apps start up as well and ...
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On an iPhone, how to stop app from running in the background, as disabling “App Refresh” doesn't seem to do it?

Does disabling "App Refresh" in the Settings on iPhone (with iOS 9.3.4) actually stop an app from running in the background? Because I actually disabled "App Refresh" for all apps (globally). And ...
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What did iOS do before multitasking?

Was there an app switcher or did you have to stop an app and start a new one?
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How to make apps not start up automatically on iPhone and iPad?

It seems that even when I restart my iPhone, some apps will send me notifications... so how do I make them not run by itself? (kind of like making it not in the Start Up folder on Windows 7). The ...
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Combine Safari Tabs with Multitask View

A recent version of Google Chrome on Android included a feature where the browser tabs were each shown as a separate pane in the task switcher view, which was really convenient for my usage. So much ...
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Open applications in the background in OS X, I don't want my focus taken from me. Respect my Focus!

I'm running El Capitan 10.11.4 on a 2014 Mac Mini. I'm often running 10-14 apps at one time as I work writing reports, word/excel/Adobe/Safari/iTunes/calendar/etc... Frequently I want to open ...
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How can I keep an app open in the background?

As I was using an app on my iPhone, I accidentally hit the home button. I quickly reopened the app. But instead of it resuming where I left off, the app had to load all over again. (This was Clash of ...
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Turn off location services automatically, when app is no longer in foreground

I want location services to only be on when certain apps like maps are being used. I understand that maps stays in the background now since ios 8, and thus location services will stay on. Is there a ...
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How to change the multitasking view in iOS 9?

So I just made the jump from iOS 7 to 9 (I know, big jump) and I'm already thrown off by the switched multitasking view. I don't mind the overlapping idea, but the big difference is that the apps ...
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how to stop background app refreshing in iOS9

I'm using the latest version of iOS on iphone 5s (till the date of this post) and I want to stop apps like whatsapp and so from refreshing in the background but without stopping notifications of ...
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How can I force Chrome to open links with specific profile?

I'm using user profile switching in Chrome, which works perfectly fine. Except for when I'm clicking links, that are depending on one of the profiles being logged in. By default Chrome just opens the ...
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Can I use Split View on an older iPad model?

I can use Slide Over, but not Split View. Can I modify any plist files or do something in order to be able to use it on my iPad mini 2?
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How do I view 2 apps as a multitasking Split View on an iPad Air 2 running iOS 9?

I've updated an iPad Air 2 to iOS 9 and can get the the Slide Over view to come out by swiping from right to left on the right hand side of the screen, but there does not seem to be a divider on the ...
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iphone 6 iOS 8 : Is my multitasking broken or am I doing something wrong?

I just purchased an iPhone 6, with iOS 8. I am trying to get several things to work. This is my first iPhone, I am not familiar with how to use it. The user manual says multitasking is achieved by ...
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Stop 'favorites' contacts showing in 'recents' section as well

I've done some searching around, but haven't found anything. Basically, I have set several contacts as 'favorites' on my iPhone (6) and have enabled 'favorites' and 'recents' to show in the in-app ...
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What is my iPhone downloading in the background?

Is there any way to find what apps are downloading stuff in the background? And what stuff they are downloading? I've done a little research and gather it's the Background Transfer Service doing the ...
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Does disabling Background App Refresh disable Push notifications?

I just got my iPhone, and before I make any default changes, I just wanted to make sure it doesn't do that.
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Create multiple jobs in same terminal

Basically I have two jobs: Compiling a code Download a youtube video with using youtube-dl command Both of the above commands use the terminal. I want to execute both of these commands in the same ...
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Google Maps app is no longer in the Background App Refresh list

After upgrading to iOS 8, Google Maps no longer appears in the list of apps that can be toggled on/off for Background App Refresh functionality. Doesn't it need to be enabled for the app to continue ...
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What could cause Command-Tab task switching to get “stuck”?

When I Command-Tab to task switch (in both Mavericks and Yosemite), occasionally (maybe 60% of the time) the task switcher will behave as if the Tab button was held down. That is, the task-switcher ...
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Lightweight PDF reader with auto refresh

I'm looking for a PDF reader that is both light weight and automatically updates the PDF to pickup background changes (e.g. when a LaTeX file is edited and compiled). There are two very good choices ...
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iOS 7 seems to be killing apps too often

I have an iPhone 4s running iOS 7. I've noticed a pattern regarding apps "reloading" or starting back up from where they were after switching to another app and back. On previous versions of IOS, I ...