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I hope this is not out of scope of tex.sx: I use the version 2.46 of TeXShop (with Lion) and I recently started structuring my document in various scripts linking them to the main .tex file with the header %!TEX root = ./main.tex.

This works fine except that whenever opening one such "subfile", TeXShop also opens and then minimizes the main.tex file.

To make things clearer, here's a simple example.

File main.tex

\documentclass[a4paper,11pt,twopage,openright]{book}

\begin{document}

\vspace*{\fill}
\begin{center}
This is the main document.
\end{center}
\vfill

\include{chap-tools}

\end{document}

File chap-tools.tex

%!TEX root = ./main.tex

\chapter{Tools}

Some text. 

Now say that everything is closed and that I open the file chap-tools.tex then Texshop will also open and minimize the file main.tex. (it also happens on other, yet similar, situations)

It might seem stupid but it drives me crazy!

I was wondering if other users had encountered the same problem and whether they had found a workaround (I tried my luck in the preference pane of Texshop but in vain...).

Thanks a lot!

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Purely a guess, but I'd expect TeXshop does this so that the build button works correctly: i.e., it builds the main file regardless of which file you hit the build button on. That would also make it easier to bring up the main PDF after the build. I don't think there's any facility for it to bring up the main PDF alone. –  Mike Renfro Jun 4 '12 at 10:45
    
Thanks Mike, I guess I'll just have to get used to it! –  tibL Jun 4 '12 at 11:25
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Did you try this out with TeXShop 3.10? Does it produce the same phenomenon? –  brian-ammon Jun 4 '12 at 12:27
    
@brian-ammon thanks! It doesn't solve the problem but +1 anyway as I wasn't aware that there was a specific version for Lion! :) –  tibL Jun 4 '12 at 15:35
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After a fair bit of web-browsing, I don't think there's much one can do about it yet. The best I found so far is to leave all the documents one is working one (including the main.tex) open. This avoids (or at least reduces) the horripilating minimizing/maximizing behavior.

Thanks anyway to Mike & Brian for useful comments. I'm answering the question so it doesn't stay open.

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