I want two files open at once on the desktop. However when I click on one, it opens and the other minimizes.
What can I do?
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Have you per chance turned on "Single App Mode"? This hidden preference causes Mac OS X to hide all applications but the current active one.
You can tell by running the following command in Terminal.app:
defaults read com.apple.dock single-app
If it prints a
0then it is not turned on. If it prints a
1 then yes, it is turned on.
You can disable this trick by running:
defaults write com.apple.dock single-app 0