When typesetting in TeXShop (on Mac), the browser changes from the typesetting editor to the pdf display window when you click the Typeset command. This really slows down my texing.

Is there a way to reconfigure TeXShop so that I stay in the editor after clicking Typeset? It would be great if I didn't have to stop typing every time I refresh the pdf.

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    under Preferences, Typesetting, After typesetting check Continue typing and it should work, as long as the preview-window is still open, alas, it will not work the first time, but should work after that.
    – Runar
    Aug 6, 2016 at 19:43
  • @RunarTrollet You should turn this comment into an answer (since it can't get much clearer than what you've written here.)
    – Alan Munn
    Aug 6, 2016 at 19:53
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    Note: even if you don't change the preference did you know that Cmd-1 quickly switches between Source and Preview? Aug 6, 2016 at 19:59

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Under preferences you will find some settings for controlling this. Select the option Continue Editing under After Typesetting within the tab called Typesetting, as the image below illustrates.

Note that this will only work as long as the preview-window is open, so the first time you launch TexShop and typeset, it will still steal the focus. Keep the preview-window open, and it will not steal the focus again. There are also some options under the Preview-tab, related to position of the preview-window, which could be very helpful.

As noted by Herb Schulz, Cmd-1, will switch quickly between source and preview.

There are of course numerous editors available, see LaTeX Editors/IDEs.

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