Okay, I'm writing this rant in hopes that I'm missing something obvious...as far as I know, this behavior is identical on both of my Macs (both running 10.4.8 at the mo, but as far as I know, this has always been true on Tiger). Why does the Spotlight Show All window not "belong" to Finder or to any other application? You can see it by invoking show all windows from Exposé, but suppose you are in the situation where you spotlight several PDFs and you open them, one at a time, in Preview, to see which one you want. You must Exposé back and forth to get back to the spotlight window, because it doesn't belong to Finder, and so if you Alt-Tab back to finder, it remains in the background, behind the Preview windows. What is the thinking behind this? Why would a Window be spiritually homeless, bereft of any association to any running program (as Spotlight itself doesn't appear in Alt-Tab to take ownership of the window)? I was reviewing a manuscript earlier today and trying to go back and forth to pull out references that should be added, between Spotlight, Preview, Firefox, and TextEdit, and this was driving me crazy! I haven't heard any of my other emo friends bitching about this while they sit around with their razor blades... but I can't be the first one to notice this, can I?