Anki automatically switches from "Decks" view to card when it is left open overnight

I am using Anki 23.12.1 on a Mac running MacOS 11.7.10.

Every day, I study my deck, and reach the point where it says “Congratulations! You have finished this deck for now.”. Then I prepare to study the next day by clicking “Decks”, so it will show my deck, and I can study when I’m ready by just clicking on the deck.

I have been doing this for a long time, and it has been working fine until recently. But something strange has been happening recently. If I do this, put my laptop in sleep mode overnight with Anki running, and then wake it up, it will automatically show a card, as if I had clicked on the deck. (I swear I didn’t click on the deck.)

I have been putting my laptop to sleep with Anki running for years, but this has started happening somewhat recently, so I think it was a recent update that caused this. I don’t remember exactly when it started happening.

This is kind of annoying, because I don’t want to see any of my cards until I am ready to study and I choose to study.

And I wonder if this affects the time statistics of my cards. Sometimes I’ll be working on other stuff on my laptop, and Anki will be sitting in the background, showing a card, when I would expect it to show the “Decks” menu.

I tried starting Anki while holding down the Shift key, and waiting for this to happen, and it still happened.

Can this be fixed?

This is actually intended.
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It doesn’t affect your stats, except for the logged answer time of the shown card if you answer it after you came back to Anki. You can simply avoid this by switching to the main screen then back to the review screen.

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I think when the code was originally written, it would move back to the overview screen instead, which makes more sense given the timer issue you mentioned. About a year later, I appear to have changed it to load the review screen. I suspect at the time I was trying to fix an issue where the congrats screen remained shown even when cards were ready to review, and mistakenly used the review screen instead of the overview screen. I’ll push a fix.


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