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

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

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No, I cannot reproduce this.
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@Adam Stevenson Hmm, there seems to be no "report troll" facility on here. Shame.
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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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Also Chris- to clarify, I'm operating with document windows, not tabs.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Thanks Chris - I have reported the issue to google. We shall have to wait and see.
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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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Ouch. That is going to make debugging more interesting for Google.
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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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Again, let Google know about this, so they can fix the Chrome bug soon.
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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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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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I reported the issue to google and have never heard anything back.
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Thanks for the quick response Amber. Guess we'll just have to live with it and hope it works itself out :(
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Another thing I noticed was when tabbing to the Finder it only shows one window, even if there are multiple windows open. Can you guys see if the same thing happens? It could be related.

Amber, could you reissue a report to Google?
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I guess we should all report this bug to Google: Open Chrome, go to the wrench top right > Help > Report an issue... I also sent them the url of this thread.
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Same issue here when tabbing from Photoshop to the Finder, only the foreground Finder window is in the foreground, the others are kept behind the Photoshop window.
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Hmm I just tried this with mixed results. It only displayed one finder window once out of about a dozen times. Had not paid attention to this before so I don't know if it is related.

I will reissue a report but I think it would be helpful if we all did this so Google realizes this is becoming a larger issue.

If the finder window is effected does this mean it could possibly be an OS or Photoshop issue?
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If it is only happening when Chrome is running, then it's a repeat of the old Chrome bug.
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I also experience this and it's extremely frustrating. The workaround I use is that I use multiple desktops via spaces and keep PS and browsers in separate spaces. Seems that the act of sliding between different spaces based on applications prevents this issue from happening.
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As a workaround this is awesome! I don't normally utilize spaces but now that I know it is just control + arrow it is as easy as command tab.

AND I just realized you can still just use command tab. Even without the glitch I think you just improved my development workflow.

Thanks for the suggestion!
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I also tried that workaround, but when using cmd-tab with spaces, app switching is also not working :(
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Found another workaround. After having pressed CMD Tab and switched to Chrome (but still having photoshop on your screen) you just might add CMD < on german Keyboard, CMD ~ on english. Works for me.
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You legend, that worked perfectly.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Task Switching (OSX 11.11.2) between Chrome and Photoshop CC 2015.1.1 is buggy..

Since the last PS update In End 2015, the Task Switching between Chrome and Photoshop CC 2015.1.1 is not working properly. Happens in OSX 11.11.2 El Captain.

When in switch via CMD-Tab oder per Click on the Chrome Icon, the screen only flickers. It need almost 3 attemps to work.

This is very annoying and slowing my workflow.

My Design colleagues face the same issues.

Any Ideas?
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I noticed this bug in begin of december, the time when the three musketeers Photoshop 2015 1.1, OSX 10.11.2 and Chrome 47 were released :)
This bug exclusively occurs with PS and Chrome.
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Chrome being the key there, and MacOS 10.11.
Again, let the Chrome team know about this and how it affects you.
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I did let them know :) more than once. But with every Adobe CC App no problem, only Photoshop doesnt work. So why could the problem not also be on PS side?
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Because the problem doesn't exist without Chrome and MacOS 10.11.
If it were just Photoshop, it would affect Photoshop on all OS versions.
If it were just the OS, it wouldn't require Chrome to be running.
Plus Chrome had this bug once before (see the posts from 3 years ago).
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..."the three musketeers Photoshop 2015 1.1, OSX 10.11.2 and Chrome 47"... chrr chrr
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Same issue here. But only with cmd+tab and only if Chrome was the last app you switched from.

If chrome was the last app and you cmd + ~, to return to it, works fine.

Also works okay if chrome isn't the next app you tab to. For example, if you hit cmd-tab in PS two or more times to get to Chrome, works fine.
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Everyone please use "Chrome > Help > Report an Issue" to tell Chrome about this. I just have.

Chrome 48.0.2564.82
OS X 10.11.2
Photoshop CC 2015.1.1
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Version 47.0.2526.111 (64-bit) (Chrome)
Adobe Photoshop Version: 2015.1.2
OS X 10.11.3

I have the same problem, no fix yet? I work with both daily and this is frustrating.
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I don't think it would hurt, though I'm pretty certain this is a photoshop issue as I can't replicate it with any other application.
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See above - it is very specific to Chrome, and they've had similar issues before.
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Hey, mates, looks like installing latest of 45 chrominium version (45.0.2454.101 (64-bit) solves the problem. It dates back to september, but this is the only trick i found to stay with my chrome addons. Hope that helps until they fix chrome.

p.s. bug comes in v46 and left in v47 (111 is last one, so you could free up yourself from checking)
http://sourceforge.net/projects/osxpo...

Nice day to ya all, ninjas!
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thanks Anton,
that would prove, that chrome is the issue.
and in 48 it isnt fixed as well.
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Thanks, Anton. As temporary workaround fixes go, using Chromium 45 feels less hacky/frustrating than [a] switching to Safari or [b] using a freeware alternative app switcher (all of which were buggy).

To anyone else who, like me, is delving into Chrome dev builds for the first time as a result of this advice: As of today (Jan 25), really do use Anton's recommended version up there (45.0.2454.101). Even though he observes that the bug "left in v47", it seems to be back in full force as of the v50 releases of Chromium / Canary.
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Oh, my fault, i mean it remains in v47.
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I've reported this to Google Chrome and it's looks like they've taken notice.

Add your voice to the thread here:
https://productforums.google.com/foru...
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Same problem :( so frustrating
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very annoying!!!
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maybe you guys from adobe can talk to google? my daily workflow with photoshop and chrome is very disturbed by this bug!