MacOS – Cmd-Tab does not bring iTunes to foreground


When using either Cmd-Tab or the Dock icon to switch to iTunes, the iTunes window does not come to the foreground. It has focus, but still stays behind any windows that are occluding it.

Only by clicking on the iTunes window itself can I bring it to the foreground, usually by using Expose, because it's often completely hidden.

This does not happen with other user accounts on my machine. It has been happening for a couple years now, on Leopard as well as Snow Leopard.

  • Machine: MacBook Pro 15" Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz
  • OS: Snow Leopard (10.6.2)
  • iTunes: v9.0.2

Anyone have any ideas? I've tried trashing my iTunes preferences and removing and reinstalling iTunes. My next thought is to do a clean install of Snow Leopard, but I don't really want to spend a day reinstalling everything.

Best Answer

If this happens to you when your iTunes window is actually open, just not the foreground application, you may have something else going on, it sounds like an issue with expose or something (which I believe is what command-tabbing to applications is handled by). Try trashing your dock plist and see if that does anything for you.

From what I have found, it depends on how you have hidden the window. Command-tabbing to an application that you have hidden using command-h should cause the window to come up. However, if you command tab to a window you have closed (either by hitting command-w or the red x), the window will not show upon command-tabbing to it. If you always hide iTunes with command-h I think you will be alright.

I think, that if it is a "feature" rather then a bug, the logic would be because the window was closed, so there is really no existing window to display. On the other hand, if a window was hidden, there is still content to display it is just hidden from view.

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