Sliding (mac) windows
August 12, 2013 1:50 AM   Subscribe

I have a monitor attached to my iMac, which is running 10.8.4. I use the dock to switch between open windows and programs. Until this morning this was never a problem -- I could leave a pdf open on one screen to refer to, and open Mail on the other screen. This meant I could look at what I was writing about.

Except suddenly, when I open Mail, it swishes every other open window away -- they remain open, but I have to return to the dock and click twice on them. It is only Mail that is having this issue (and it is the only program that requires a double-click to bring back). I've been switching between Acrobat Pro, inDesign, Word, Chrome, and Firefox. And Mail until this morning. I've obviously hit something that's changed a setting, but I have no idea what!!

I need to fix this. It is driving me loopy! Or slidey ... thank you!
posted by bwonder2 to Computers & Internet (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Best answer: It sounds like you've either accidentally made the Mail application full screen, or you have placed it on its own desktop/space. Each link will explain what these are and how to get out of them again.

Spaces are actually a great feature... but only when you *want* them that way.
posted by raena at 3:04 AM on August 12, 2013

Response by poster: Brilliant! Thank you so much. I'm still not sure what happened, or whether it had its own "space" but I set it to one window. I'll investigate spaces when I don't have a deadline! Thanks!
posted by bwonder2 at 3:12 AM on August 12, 2013

FYI, if you're going to have a play with full-screen or spaces and you use a multi-monitor setup, I'd suggest waiting until you've updated to 10.9. There are a couple of annoyances on 10.8 with full screen in particular, and spaces less so, that have apparently been addressed in Mavericks.
posted by russm at 3:27 AM on August 12, 2013

If you move your cursor all the way to the top of the Mail window, you should see the menu bar drop down, and in the upper right corner is a little blue box with arrows; click that, and the Mail window will un-full-screen.
posted by rtha at 6:03 AM on August 12, 2013

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