It isn't 1990 anymore, I want to multitask!
April 25, 2014 3:51 AM Subscribe
On my Mac (OS X Mavericks), some fullscreen apps don't let me task switch away from them. AT ALL. Needless to say, this is ridiculously annoying. Is there a workaround?
posted by neckro23 to Technology (11 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
For real. I've only seen this with some fullscreen games but this problem is so aggravating that often I don't even bother playing them.
It seems that these apps in particular take exclusive control of my whole keyboard/screen, preventing me from "escaping" them without quitting the app entirely. The following normal means of switching to another app most definitely do NOT work:
- "App overview" key (F3)
- Launchpad key (F4)
- Three-finger trackpad swipe
- Ctrl+Arrow keys
- Option+Cmd+Esc (this kills the app outright instead of bringing up the Force Quit menu)
Other system shortcuts work (volume/playback control keys, brightness, etc.) but nothing that actually switches out of the app, of course. Cmd+Q doesn't work either, either I have to quit the app manually or kill it with Option+Cmd+Esc.
What the heck can I do about this? For the record, here's a brief list of the guilty parties: FTL, Frozen Synapse, any Unity3D game.