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P: Can't cmd+tab to web browser (Chrome ver: 16.0.912.75) from CS6 (OSX/10.6.8)

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LEGEND ,
Nov 16, 2012 Nov 16, 2012

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When cmd+tabbing between Photoshop CS6 and Google Chrome, Photoshop document windows remain visual on top (but inactive). The web browser window is called up over other applications, but remains behind Photoshop. The problem seems to only happen when switching to Chrome.

Photoshop ver 13.0.1
Mac OSX ver. 10.6.8
Chrome ver: 16.0.912.75

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Adobe Employee , Jun 21, 2016 Jun 21, 2016

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LEGEND ,
Nov 20, 2012 Nov 20, 2012

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Has anyone else replicated? I can replicate on three similar systems.

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LEGEND ,
Nov 20, 2012 Nov 20, 2012

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No, I cannot reproduce this.

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LEGEND ,
Nov 20, 2012 Nov 20, 2012

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Interesting. LIke I said, three systems at my company replicate it.

http://forums.adobe.com/thread/979953

Here seems to be another person on windows having a similar problem with IE.

So either something hasn't been checked right in preferences (which is unlikely since other programs switch without incident)... or this is indeed a bug?

We had upgraded from CS5.5 to 6, and I've had to repair the install twice already.

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LEGEND ,
Nov 20, 2012 Nov 20, 2012

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Also Chris- to clarify, I'm operating with document windows, not tabs.

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LEGEND ,
Nov 20, 2012 Nov 20, 2012

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So am I, and I still cannot reproduce this -- command tab works just like it always does.

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New Here ,
Dec 03, 2012 Dec 03, 2012

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This same issue keeps happening on my system using Firefox.

2012 Macbook Pro w/ Retina Display
OSX 10.8.0
Firefox 16.0.2
Photoshop CS6 13.0.1 x64

If I restart the machine, generally it doesn't occur for about an hour or two and cmd+tabbing between Firefox and Photoshop will eventually lock up Photoshop. My work around is to do the keyboard shortcut like I'm going to force quit Photoshop (cmd+alt+esc), then I can move the Photoshop window behind the force quit window and reactivate it.

Here is a screenshot of how Photoshop appears when I cmd+tab to activate it after this issue starts:

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LEGEND ,
Dec 03, 2012 Dec 03, 2012

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If you have a document open, then somehow the window order has gotten messed up.
What we need to know is why it happens sometimes for some users, and never for others (like me) - so we can reproduce it and track down the cause.

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New Here ,
Dec 11, 2012 Dec 11, 2012

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Hi Chris,

I think I pinned down a reproducible test scenario.

I have a couple different Wacom tablets, but this issue only appears to happen when I am plugged into my Wacom Intuos 1 (first generation).

I'm not sure if the original poster was using an Intuos or a tablet, but it happens just about instantly when I plug my Intuos in, just cmd+tab between any app and Photoshop (not just Chrome, Firefox, but also Spotify, Adium and any other app running in the Dock).

I hope that helps!

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LEGEND ,
Dec 11, 2012 Dec 11, 2012

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Hi guys-

I was away for a bit. Its good to see I'm not crazy. My problem still occurs, and no, I havent used any tablets when experiencing this problem.

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New Here ,
May 31, 2013 May 31, 2013

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Unfortunately this problem is still occurring with Photoshop and my 1st generation Intuos Wacom tablet.

I believe it started after I started using Mountain Lion installed in my new Macbook Pro, as I didn't have a problem before with my older model Macbook, Photoshop or the Intuos Wacom tablet.

I was just curious if there was any progress made on this topic?

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LEGEND ,
May 31, 2013 May 31, 2013

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We haven't been able to reproduce it. We've found other Wacom specific bugs (and contacted them for fixes), and more than a few OS bugs related to app switching (and filed them with Apple) - but this one we just haven't seen.

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New Here ,
Dec 20, 2013 Dec 20, 2013

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Происходит похожее. Mac Os X Mavericks + Photoshop CC + Lightroom 5. Очень часто осуществляю переход между Lr и Ps. В Lr конвертирую фотографию в ps, все отлично, обрабатываю ее. Далее, комбинацией cmd+tab возвращаюсь в Lr за случающей , после комбинации вижу окна Lr, но при нажатии мышкой по любой панели, на переднем план выскакивает photoshop. Переход возможно осуществить только с помощью exporse или если нажать мышкой по заголовку окна Lr ((

Through similar. Mac Os X Mavericks + Photoshop CC + Lightroom 5. Very often move between Lr and Ps. In Lr converted image in ps, everything is fine, process it. Further, a combination of cmd + tab back to Lr for the case after seeing a play window Lr, but when you click the mouse on any panel on the front pops photoshop. Transition can only be done using exporse or if you click the mouse on the window title Lr ((

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New Here ,
Feb 20, 2014 Feb 20, 2014

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Yep, same for me. Chrome and Photoshop exactly as explained. It usually switches after I've cmd+tab about 5 or 6 times in a row, or if I head back to PS and switch tools or something. Seems quite random, but I've gone through 3 Macs in the last year and they've all had the same problem in both CS5 and 6 and a whole bunch of Chrome versions (as they've come out)

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New Here ,
Dec 16, 2015 Dec 16, 2015

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This is happening to me too. CMD + Tab from Photoshop to Chrome. It switches the active application, however it does not bring Chrome to front. It shows Chrome in the Menu Bar, but Photoshop remains on top.

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New Here ,
Dec 17, 2015 Dec 17, 2015

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I am also having this issue. It started sometime at the beginning of the week. All other browsers operate as expected. It is only photoshop that has the problem with Chrome as well. All other applications CMD + Tab as expected.

This is the only forum I can find anyone else reporting a similar issue.

Mac: El Capitan 10.11.2
Chrome: 47.0.2526.106 (64-bit)
Photoshop: CC 20151209.r.327 x64

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New Here ,
Dec 17, 2015 Dec 17, 2015

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We have the same issue on our computers running OS X 10.11.2, Adobe Photoshop 16.1.1 (the Creative Cloud version) and Google Chrome version 47.0.2526.106 (64-bit).

Has somebody with similar configuration not that issue?

Thanks for any help!

Yann

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LEGEND ,
Dec 17, 2015 Dec 17, 2015

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Three people posting about this in one day after it's been gone for a year -- probably means that a Chrome update reintroduced the bug. Please let Chrome/Google know about this so they can fix it.

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New Here ,
Dec 18, 2015 Dec 18, 2015

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Thanks Chris - I have reported the issue to google. We shall have to wait and see.

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New Here ,
Dec 23, 2015 Dec 23, 2015

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We observed that only OS X 10.11.2 computers are affected. We can't reproduce this behavior running OS X 10.10.5.

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LEGEND ,
Dec 23, 2015 Dec 23, 2015

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Ouch. That is going to make debugging more interesting for Google.

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LEGEND ,
Dec 31, 2015 Dec 31, 2015

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Also having this issue
OS X 10.11.2
Model: MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013)
Photoshop: 20151209.r.327 x64, 2015.1.1 release

When I tab or switch using the dock to a web browser photoshop will stay active.

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LEGEND ,
Dec 31, 2015 Dec 31, 2015

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Again, let Google know about this, so they can fix the Chrome bug soon.

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 07, 2016 Jan 07, 2016

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Also having this issue switching between PS and Chrome

This has been happening on CC 2014 and 2015 on both OS 10.09 and 10.11

MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2012)

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LEGEND ,
Jan 07, 2016 Jan 07, 2016

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Any movement on this? It happens consistently to me. Also confirmed with 3 others on our design team.

CMD + Tab from Photoshop to Chrome switches the active application, but does not bring Chrome to front. Chrome shows in the Menu Bar, but Photoshop windows remains on the top layer.

OSX El Cap. 10.11.2 | Photoshop CC

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New Here ,
Jan 07, 2016 Jan 07, 2016

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I reported the issue to google and have never heard anything back.

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