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ZaneSeiko Level 1 (0 points)

My 11" MacBook Air recently just started randomly switching from full screen apps back to the desktop by itself without me using the 4-fingered swipe to change desktops/apps. I've tried quitting (almost) every app and no matter what app is left open, it keeps sliding from the full screen app back to the desktop. I've rebooted the laptop a good three times and it's also been fully shut down and turned back on twice and it still keeps switching. Help?

MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • captfred Level 7 (26,290 points)

    Are you hitting any of the shortcuts.  Perhaps used in your fullscreen app.


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  • ZaneSeiko Level 1 (0 points)

    No, this will happen when I'm not even touching the MacBook. I'll let it sit open on a full screen app and not touch it (say, Spotify or iTunes when it's playing music) and the screen will go back to the desktop randomly. And the menu bar still says it's open to the app I just had up (Spotify/iTunes), instead of saying Finder.

  • AMoorman Level 1 (0 points)

    I have exactly the same problem. I have only noticed it when in Safari. For me it happens once every 20 or so minutes.


    I have a 13inch Air. And no other applications open. I am not touching my laptop when it switches.


    Zane did you find a solution?

  • mystro2b Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm having this problem with my 11" MacBook Air too. At first I thought it was only happening in Chrome or Safari, but tried to watch a movie in Quicktime today with fullscreen mode, and the same thing happended: it would randomly switch back to the finder with no response from me on the trackpad or keyboard, but the movie was still running in the background. I have to do a 4 finger swipe to go back to the movie, or click "bring all to front".  Very annoying.

  • Stonbul Level 1 (0 points)

    Did you ever find a solution to ths problem? I have the same issue with my's very annoying!

  • phngo Level 1 (0 points)

    The problem is the same me. When I open an app (Chrome, Safari, iTunes,...) in full screen mode (called desktop 2). It sometime randomly switch to the main desktop (desktop 1).


    So I think OS have problem what there. Please let me know a solution to resolve this. I cannot work on many desktops ><

  • andrewortega Level 1 (0 points)

    I am having the exact same problem. it is very annoying when i am trying to accomplish work, and for no reason my typing just stops. it automatically reverts back to the desktop. also when im in Safari it automatically gets deselected and reverts back to desktop. and just now while typing this, it popped open a file on my desk top?? i was typing, and a file automatically opened without selecting or switching. i really hope some one out there can find a solution for this problem.

  • yl0823 Level 1 (0 points)

    I am having the same problem. My Mac air switchhes back to desktop more frequently. It is really annoying when I tried to read or write. (it did this to me again while I was typing the last sentence)

    Please let me know if anyone has a solution, that would be a life-saver

  • luudvig Level 1 (0 points)

    I just got this annoying problem too. Macbook air with Mavericks installed. Did a quick test in safe mode and it seemed to be gone. But I guess we can't live in safe mode.

  • JeetzBeatz Level 1 (0 points)

    hey, I have a MacBook Pro 13 inch, with Mavericks, and i have the same problem. It happens every 2 minutes...

  • Big Rocks Level 1 (0 points)

    I am having the exact same problem.  Macbook Pro 15" Retina, Mavericks, brand new.  Keeps switching mid-work-flow to mac desktop.  Verry annoying.


    Apple - are you listening??

  • ebNYC Level 1 (0 points)

    wanted to lend my voice to this issue....exact same thing happening for me.  Has anyone found a solution???


    >>>>hey, I have a MacBook Pro 13 inch, with Mavericks, and i have the same problem. It happens every 2 minutes...

  • samlyne Level 1 (0 points)

    Having the same problem, hoping for a solution.

  • Codemonkey85 Level 1 (0 points)

    It's happening to me as well. Urgh. 11 inch 2013 with Mavericks.


    EDIT: I also noticed that the "Macintosh HD" shortcut on the desktop keeps blinking. Related maybe?

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