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os x and switching applications

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just loaded OS X and am finding that when i switch between applications they do not appear especially those in expose. also when switching to word, it defers to the first open document not the last open document. any fixes for this. tried to find a fix in system preferences and no luck
imac, Mac OS X (10.5)
  • CMCSK Level 6 Level 6 (10,220 points)
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    Apr 6, 2009 3:00 PM (in response to rapids)
    Update further to 10.5.6. Use Software Update to see if you need to update other software on your computer. Make sure you repair permissions & restart your computer after you are finished installing.
    Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,395 points)
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    Apr 6, 2009 3:04 PM (in response to rapids)
    just loaded OS X and am finding that when i switch between applications they do not appear

    How are you switching that they don't appear?
    Command tab switches between apps.
    Do you hae Expose set to show all windows or only all apps?
    iMac G5 (Rev B) ALS - 2 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.6), silver mini, blue mini, silver shuffle
  • Daniel Kaplan Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
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    May 7, 2009 8:54 PM (in response to rapids)
    Since updating to 10.5.6 on my new MacBook Pro, I find that after awhile it becomes very slow (the machine freezes for about a minute) switching from any application to Excel 2004. I just had the machine in to the Apple Store where a hardware test was run (it passed) and I was advised to reinstall 10.5.5 from the restore disk and update again to 10.5.6. I did so and checked permissions in Disk Utility, but no permissions repair was needed. The problem is still there.

    Another nuisance in Excel 2004 is that fairly often the keyboard stops working. I then need to use the trackpad to switch to another Excel window or another application and then back, at which point the keyboard works again, until the next time it stops working.

    Has anyone else seen these problems? Does anyone know a fix?

    I'm running Excel 2004 Version 11.5.4 (090302). I've looked for updates but it tells me there are no updates available. (I would upgrade to Office 2008 but many people have recounted horror stories about it.)
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.6), 2.8 GHz, 4 GB RAM, 300 GB HD (184 GB free)
  • Lyssa Level 6 Level 6 (14,780 points)
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    May 7, 2009 8:59 PM (in response to Daniel Kaplan)
    Any application from the Office 2004 suite was designed for the older Macs which used the PowerPC processor. The programs will work on an Intel Mac, but may have issues--as you're seeing.

    Try the programs Open Office or Neo Office and see if either of those suits your needs. Both programs are free.

    http://www.openoffice.org/
    http://www.neooffice.org/neojava/en/index.php

    ~Lyssa
    13" White Macbook; 160 GB black iPod Classic ^_^, Mac OS X (10.5.6), iBook G4 1.07 GHz (10.4.11); 3G iPod 15 GB (4.5 years running smooth!)
  • Daniel Kaplan Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
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    May 8, 2009 4:42 AM (in response to Lyssa)
    Thanks, Lyssa. I tried to download OpenOffice, but your link doesn't work. On Download.com there's a link, but it requires that one sign up for membership and pay a monthly or annual fee. Is your statement that "both programs are free" no longer true??? Also, how compatible with MS Office are those products?
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • sig Level 8 Level 8 (35,770 points)
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    May 8, 2009 4:47 AM (in response to Daniel Kaplan)
    Daniel,

    You have jumped into a thread with a topic of your own. You really want to start a new topic so responses to you do not get confused with responses to the OP.
    MacBook Pro 2.4 Ghz 15.4 / 4 Gb Ram, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • Lyssa Level 6 Level 6 (14,780 points)
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    May 8, 2009 10:36 AM (in response to Daniel Kaplan)
    If you click the "I want to download OpenOffice.org" button, the download should start right away. If it doesn't, scroll down to the bottom of the page where it says "choose a mirror close to you."

    Not sure what the issue was for you--I didn't get redirected to download.com. The programs in the OpenOffice Suite should work fine with files from the MS Office software package.

    On the other hand, if you need something that's almost guaranteed to be stable, as well as compatible, I'd suggest trying out Apple's iWork Suite, which is also compatible with the MS Office software package, and costs less than MS Office 2008.

    ~Lyssa
    13" White Macbook; 160 GB black iPod Classic ^_^, Mac OS X (10.5.6), iBook G4 1.07 GHz (10.4.11); 3G iPod 15 GB (4.5 years running smooth!)

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