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macOS Ventura: Command Key Window Shortcuts in Terminal Still Broken with 2 displays

re: Apple Core Rot

It took me an entire day to beat macOS Ventura into a usable state.

But I had some solace when I found that the command key shortcuts for Terminal windows (cmd-1, cmd-2, etc), which I use hundreds of times a day... were working! Hooray!!! With a single display.

Whereupon connecting a 2nd display for my production setup... all I get is a beep when using command key shortcuts for Terminal windows—utterly broken and totally non-functional.

It doesn’t matter which display the windows are on, and sometimes the windows show their assigned shortcuts, and sometimes they disappear. They might work initially, but then the shortcuts disappear (in menus and title bars), and then they are broken forever.

This broken feature in macOS Ventura might not matter to you, but it alone is a major disruption to my workflow, as I use Terminal all day long for all sorts of things constantly.

And there is no choice—Ventura is required for the 2023 Mac Pro M2 Ultra.

Great work, Apple—obviously zero testing involved whatsoever, since it is a 100% failure case. This speaks to gross incompetence in software quality assurance.

And here we are on the 4th or 5th iteration of macOS Ventura.

Before/after

Launch Terminal, and the command key shortcuts are all there as they ought*.

The shortcuts are shown in gray; the other ones are part of the window name as per longstanding behavior.

Apple Terminal: command-key shortcuts for open windows — all good

Switch Terminal to the background, and they all disappear (often, not always, or just some not all, etc). Now all Terminal will do is beep when you try to use a command key shortcut. And Terminal still has the shortcut in the window name. But the window has actually lost its shortcut.

Apple Terminal: command-key shortcuts for open windows — all good
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