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Modal windows rearranging when switching apps

Question asked by jfletch on Nov 25, 2011
Latest reply on May 16, 2016 by TSGal


Modal windows rearranging when switching apps


FileMaker Pro


FMPA 11.0v4

Operating system version

Mac OS X 10.6.8

Description of the issue

Sometimes when I am in the middle of editing a complex calculation in the Manage Database windows I have to leave FileMaker to switch to another application (i.e.: checking mail). Frequently those apps are in different spaces and/or screens. When I com back to FileMaker via the app switcher (cmd-tab) the widow of focus (the calc dialog) is the back-most window and I have to move the other windows around to try and find it.

If it is a modal window with focus, FMP should keep it in the front no matter how much I switch around to other apps. It confused me several times and even initially thought I had to restart FileMaker to solve it. Now I know, but it's still annoying, counter-intuitive, and downright a pain to have to dig around on two screens filled with windows to find the one that will let me get back to work.

Steps to reproduce the problem

Open a calculation dialog for a field in the schema editing area. Switch to another app in another screen or Space, using Command-Tab. Work in the other applications/Screens/Spaces. Command-Tab back to FileMaker. The field calculation window is now buried a couple windows deep behind the other FileMaker windows.

Expected result

I would expect that the modal window that won't let me do anything else until it is completed and closed would stay in the front.

Actual result

Hidden modal windows. Clicking in any other open FileMaker window or dialog gives me a beep.

Exact text of any error message(s) that appear


Configuration information

Using various OS X Spaces to separate application work areas. Using a MBP 15 with an external 20-inch display to extend the desktop.


Move the windows around until I find the one (that I may have forgotten about) that I need to complete before proceeding.