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Using the Spaces style fullscreen mode in OS X, I can easily Command-Tab out of a fullscreen app, but trying to Command-Tab back in doesn't take me back to that space, only switches the Menu Bar to the application.

Currently the easiest way to get back to the fullscreen app is using the gesture system, which is kind of annoying.

How do I Command-Tab back to the fullscreen app?

NB: Tested with iTerm2 and Terminal.

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up vote 17 down vote accepted

Open System Preferences and open the Mission Control preferences. Check When switching to an application, switch to a space with open windows for the application.

Screenshot of option

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Right answer, and a screenshot! Many thanks. – mrmagooey Mar 24 '12 at 7:22
Man, you just saved my life. Thank you :) – offby1 Dec 30 '12 at 20:56
just great thanks - how does that manage to get unset? – Grouchal Aug 22 '13 at 9:58
Strange -- this always used to work for me, but then last week, it mysteriously stopped working. I don't know how this got unchecked. – steve Dec 6 '13 at 23:19
unfortunately if you have multiple windows open in an app, and make one full screen, when you command tab back to that app it takes you to the frontmost window in the main space, not the space of the window you made fullscreen. Which seems ridiculous to me -- if I made a window fullscreen would that not be my highest priority window when switching to the app? For me apple's full screen is still unusable even in 10.10 – Michael Johnston Mar 13 '15 at 0:30

To get back to a full-screen app, hit (or ).

You can use and a number key or or to scroll back and forth. It's annoying – especially if you're coming from Windows – but you get used to it eventually.

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