I wonder if this happens to everyone or if it's something with my set-up--to be precise, having Spaces active.
In OS 10.6.8, if I have more than one InDesign document open and I switch to another application using command-tab, when I switch back to InDesign I (often) see the content of the inactive document, even though the name tab of the original, active document is highlighted.
The only way to get back to work is to click the title tab of the (supposedly) active document, or use the command-tilde shortcut, or reselect the active document name from the Window menu.
This drives me crazy as I need to check a lot of things via a browser as I'm editing. It forces me to make sure I don't have 2 ID windows open.
I'm pretty sure the same kind of thing happens in Word.
Yes, but you're not going to like the answer...deactivate Spaces. I'm still in Snow Leopard so I can't say for Lion, but in 10.6.8 the Spaces issues with Adobe and Microsoft are extensive enough that I can't work efficiently, so I now turn off Spaces.
Thanks George. I'm using Lion and I'm not sure I can turn off spaces. It's now integrated into Mission Control and there doesn't seem to be any way to deactivate it. I think I'll try uninstalling and reinstalling to see if that helps.
Wow, I have Lion at home but rarely work much in ID on it. It didn't even occur to me that Spaces is now Desktops. My guess is that you're going to have to have all your working applications in one Space, or Desktop, in order to avoid the problem.
I got tired of having all my apps—I often have 8-12 opened at one—cluttering up one desktop! Yes, I could switch to InDesign and the content of the window showed up, avoiding the hassle of clicking on the title bar. But I've found that the benefit of using multiple desktops trumps the inconvenience of clicking on the title bar. FYI, for those of you having a similar problem, if you switch to the app, not by using Command-Tab but by clicking on the app in the dock, you avoid the problem. Still not as convenient, but more convenient than the switching to InDesign AND clicking on the title bar.
I thought I'd follow my last post up with an update. I recently upgraded to InDesign CS6 and was hoping that the problem would be solved. Unfortunately, that isn't the case. However, I did find a fix that is working for me. I noticed that when I turned the Application Frame on (found under the Windows menu) that the problem went away. I'm getting used to working this way now. I have 16 Spaces which I routinely bounce around between. And now, every time I go to InDesign it works properly!
I had this problem for awhile and, as I mentioned in a previous post, found a semi-satsisfactory fix by turning on the application frame. Well, I just upgraded to Mountain Lion and the problem is gone! It is back to working properly.
There's a little impetus for you to upgrade if you haven't done so already. It's only $20.