Add more area to grip the title bar
The new ui changes make it very hard to move the desktop app around the screen. There are too many buttons on the title bar now and it seems the only grip point is between the search bar and the org link. It is very easy to miss click when trying to move the window around your desktop. I think that the search box should be reduced to add more title bar.
Sean Ellis commented
Popular request - please vote and support the main thread at: https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/33048808-search-bar-location
Yes, so many times yes. I've only been using Teams for a few days now, and this is my #1 complaint.
Sean Ellis commented
According to https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/uwp/design/shell/title-bar , there should always be a draggable region the size of a caption button to the left of the caption buttons (minimize/maximize/close). This does seem to be the case, as long as you also include your profile picture as a caption button.
The choice of putting active content in the title bar does not save any space, however. The conversation topic for the chat, channel, etc is now in the main window area, where it occupies space in the conversation area without being interactive.
If the conversation topic were in the title bar it serves as a larger drag handle, which conforms to user expectations. It leaves the space in the window's client area free to be used for search, toolbars, tabs, or more of the conversation - depending on the user's preferences.
Alternatively add the ability to drag the window around from other parts of the UI. E.g. allow dragging when clicking on empty space in the side bar, or other regions of empty space in the various UI elements. This would greatly improve the situation on touchscreens, where it can be hard to hit the title bar points.
Instead of changing the search box how about looking into enabling dragging on the search bar as well at least as long as there is no text typed in it already. It should be possible to distinguished between a single click (to give it focus) and a drag action.
Personally I don't like the idea of adding more toolbars as I like slimming down GUIs as much as possible to leave the maximum amount of space for chat text.
Timo Lindqvist commented
While we are at it, remove all the stuff you have added to the title bar and move them to a separate _toolbar_. There is a reason why windows have a clean title bar.