Atom 0.139.0 on OSX Yosemite. I think it happened with Mavericks, too, and with previous versions of Atom.
Atom is not running. I do
atom --safe . in some directory which has a
.git subdirectory. I do
cmd-shift-F to invoke “Find in project”. I enter a search string with at least one match. The search begins. The search ends, the first match is highlighted. I hit Return (Enter) to open it. Nothing happens. I hit Esc to dismiss the panel that allows me to enter the search term. I again hit Return (Enter) to open the search result. Nothing happens.
ctrl-0 to go to the project tree panel thing. I use
ctrl-n to navigate to some file. I use Return/Enter to open that file.
ctrl-tab to switch back to the Search Results tab. I hit Enter/Return (same key as before). The search result opens!
Actually, it doesn’t matter whether I open a new tab after
ctrl-shift-F. Just switching to another tab and then back is enough to allow the Search Results pane to receive focus properly.
It is not enough to switch to another program using
cmd-Tab and back again. (I just tried with the other program being Safari.)
I hope this is a useful bug report.