Currently Being ModeratedSep 24, 2012 9:56 AM (in response to 123BigRed)
123BigRed - If that solved your problem, then your Safari windows may not be "maximized". Try maximizing both the windows and then do the command+tilde, see if it works. Please let us know if it does, we may be doing something wrong.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 26, 2012 6:56 AM (in response to Peter Berdovsky1)
Was trying to solve the initial problem, while reading this post, as I have the same one. Solved it for my mac, thus haven't bothered to read the rest of the posts so I don't know if you've solved it already, but the solution for me was to go to System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts > Keyboard and Text Input and then I changed the Move focus to next window to the same CMD + ' (tilde). It was already assigned to that with the checkbox checked, but not working so when I reassigned it, it worked.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 28, 2012 6:08 PM (in response to Zlash)
Zlash, tried your recipe... And I think I was the original creator of this thread (which is sad and funny, as it's still not solved for me... and it SHOULD be a stupidly simple fix... I do think it's a coding issue, some odd OS vs. Browser thing). Your recipe does not work for me.
One thing I am investigating now, is the thread that says that if any media is being played or opened in any browser window - it messes up that command. PERHAPS that does have something to do with it. But then what? Any time I watch a youtube video, or hulu or vimeo, --- it just stops working?
Alas... that seems to be the case for me and many other people.
And it's just the tip of the Apple bugs I've been recently discovering... Just bought a new Mac Book Pro Retina... Sooooo disappointed. From lack of Retina support by most major graphic design apps (imagine how ****** I was when things actually looked more pixellated on that computer) to Chrome blinking white non-stop at me, to giant unknown memory leaks that would wipe out 20 gigs in a few hours (just to come back on restart), to (not Retina issue but) me not being able to play a legally bought movie on an external display via iTunes due to some odd drm restriction... Really feels like Apple is losing it. I sincerely hope it's just a phase... But when my friends can do everything I do and more with an $800 PC laptop.... I just don't know anymore.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 18, 2013 9:21 AM (in response to Peter Berdovsky1)
This is on the verge on infuriating. Work flow is suffering!
I especially need this function to work when working with word processor apps like Word. Many different windows open at once.
I have tried everything suggested here, and still no luck. Any further solutions would be great. Thanks!
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 18, 2013 11:32 AM (in response to opticliff)
So actually, it seems that the function is only failing in Word -- of course for the application I need it most.
Any thoughts for Word 2010?
Currently Being ModeratedMar 4, 2013 11:04 AM (in response to Peter Berdovsky1)
I also had this issue (incredibly frustrating) with Excel. I just installed the latest Office for Mac update, and now my issue is resolved. I hope it works for some of you.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 10, 2013 10:52 AM (in response to Peter Berdovsky1)
I have a similar problem with Chrome and I've narrowed it down to the following: Usually, command-~ works fine. However, if I switch to a window that is controlled by Adobe Flash, I can't use command-~ to switch away from that window. (Example: many online chat functions are implemented in Flash.) This does not appear to be true 100% of the time (that is, I can switch away from some Flash windows) but it is true that when swtiching fails, the active window is controlled by Flash.
I don't have a solution.
This behaviour occurs on MBA (10.7.4), MBP (10.6.8), and MBP (10.8.2). All using Chrome (I've not tried Safari.) I think somehow Flash is (perhaps inadvertently) intercepting command-~
Currently Being ModeratedMar 10, 2013 12:32 PM (in response to MarkCousins)
Yeah I agree. I eventually noticed that too - that's definitely the pattern. No solution here either. Besides closing those windows if I want to functionality to work normal.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 22, 2013 5:04 AM (in response to MarkCousins)
I have the same problem in Chrome, and I can confirm that it is flash in a window that appears to block switching from one different Chrome window to another - such a pain.
However knowing I can ctrl-tab is very useful since I can then move away from a tab with flash in and start cmd ` ing again ...
Currently Being ModeratedAug 5, 2013 9:33 AM (in response to mbalsevich)
This is exactly what the problem was for me. I started using an alternate keyboard layout right around when I installed ML about a month ago (but not always), so I assumed that it was an ML bug. It's directly linked to switching the keyboard layout.
Thanks, this was driving me crazy!
Currently Being ModeratedDec 2, 2013 12:25 AM (in response to Zebbler)
I have the same problem in my MacBook Pro with Mavericks. I tried all the different possibilities until I found the one that worked for me.
Ctrl + Alt + Cmd + "<"
...where "<" is the key next to the left Shift key.
I hope it works for your. It doesn't completely solve the problem because you can only go one direction, and you have to press an awful lot of keys, but it kinda helps. Good luck!
Currently Being ModeratedDec 2, 2013 9:35 AM (in response to data_issue)
Guys, after a year or so of studying this issue on my computers, I can confirm:
It happens when there's a window with media playing (or paused) open in your browser.
May be limited to Flash media only, but I am not sure.
A youtube, vimeo, audio player - will all disable command-tilde functionality.
I know this doesn't give a solution, but at least I established this pattern with 100% degree of certainty in my case.
I hope this at least helps some of you to manage your work flow better.