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Screen switches from application back to desktop

When performing any application, the screen automatically jumps from the application to the desktop. All folders and desktop icons briefly dissapear then reappear.

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  • stephenmv Jan 14, 2009

    My screen has just started doing exactly the same thing. I'll be half way through writing a sentence and the screen has switched to the desktop. I have to click back on the document to start writing again. It seems to happen randomly, even when I'm doing nothing with mouse or keyboard. As hankmc897 says, the icons on the desktop disappear for a second when it does this.
    FYI, I also just connected my Apple Express and updated software - could this be a factor?


    Thanks in advance!

  • Anonymous Jan 29, 2009

    I have the same problem. It's not the keyboard, I've checked.



  • David Lawrence Feb 02, 2009

    Exactly as Hankmc897. Exposé/Dashboard does not fix problem. Tried repairing disc/permissions, rebooting etc. Virex running OK

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Allanster's solution worked for me straight away:

system preferences/other/Stuffit AVR/ then click stop button for 'Stuffit ArchiveViaRename

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Open your System Preferences. Go to Dashboard & Expose. This is a very helpful application in my world. Whenever you want to see all the windows, hide windows, start screen saver, you just push your mouse into the appropriate corner. Sounds like you have a corner set and when you hit it, you trip the effect. Change the corner and check them out, Handy to use when you have multiple windows open. Experiment and see. 

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