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As silly as it sounds, I just can't manage to switch out and back into full-screen games on my MacBook, like Alt-Tab does on Windows. I've tried searching online and found posts saying I should use the (Command) key with m or f or Esc, but none of these work... and in general I had some trouble searching for it online since Lion has a new "fullscreen" feature for applications which behaves differently than fullscreen games but is called the same. :(

So, is there a way to do this?

Right now I'm relying on the Steam overlay which allows me to access a browser from in-game, but sometimes I want to access other applications and I just can't figure out how.

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Does F10 do anything when in full screen? –  Jason Berkan Dec 10 '11 at 5:34
@Jason nope, nothing. –  Oak Dec 10 '11 at 10:00

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tab usually is correct.

Unfortunately many games are badly ported - so they often do not support it in full-screen mode. Some games (for me Telltale games) allow to switch to a "window" mode - when you are in that it is typically possible to switch.

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I tried playing a few games in windowed mode while setting their resolution to be the same as the monitor's, but that always leaves the Dock and menu bar on top of the game, rather than underneath it :\ and yes I can play windowed with a smaller window, but that's a shame. –  Oak Dec 9 '11 at 22:01
You can set the dock to autohide (putting your cursor near it un-hides) and there are utilities to hide the menu bar if that's your only option. –  authenticgeek Dec 10 '11 at 0:00
@Nick any examples of such utilities? I've set Civilization V to a smaller window because of the menu bar. –  Wilerson Dec 12 '11 at 17:59
@Wilerson How about MagicMenu? Most people report success. –  authenticgeek Dec 12 '11 at 18:02
@Nick nice, it worked! –  Wilerson Dec 12 '11 at 20:23

What I end up doing is the 3 finger (upwards) swipe. Then I select something on another desktop and it pulls me over there.

Though Cmd+Tab usually works for me....

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That swipe doesn't work for me during a game... –  Oak Dec 9 '11 at 23:46
Hmm...I'm not good enough with a Mac to know why it doesn't work for you, but it works for me. –  espais Dec 10 '11 at 0:35
@Oak What about a sideways four-finger swipe? Each fullscreen app acts like its own "desktop", and that's the default desktop-switching gesture. –  SevenSidedDie Sep 1 '13 at 4:23

cmd + option + esc will always work. it's the analog to ctrl + alt + del

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I can't command tab or anything out of the game, but rather I just close my computer lid, let it sleep. When I log in again, or wake my computer up, it shows the desktop, the game temporarily closed. Then you can do whatever you want then press the game button again and the game will open again. That's how it works for me with Skyrim and GTA.

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Command + Enter = Windowed Game and Command + Tab = Hiding the game

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This works on the Halo trial, but I'm not sure if it works with other games. Try Command+H.

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If cmd + tab doesn't work for you, try cmd + esc! That worked for me!

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