Focus lost when switching from to and from Teams app
When I edit an Excel file inside Teams app, and then switch windows, when I come back the focus is lost in the Excel sheet - very annoying for any cut-and-paste operations to require an additional click every time. The focus in the Teams app should be persistent.
Vlad Marchenko commented
I think this is fixed - just received an update ver 1.3.00.24758 and it's keeping the focus on the edit line when switching between the applications!
Followup from my last post — nope, the "Microsoft Teams Notifications" invisible "window" listed under the Window menu option in macOS is back... and stealing focus when switching back to Teams from another desktop again.
Thumbs up a thousand for this post. The issue is easily reproducible with just two windows (no need for five desktops!).
- open teams
- start typing on a new conversation
- switch to another app (e.g. Chrome)
- switch back
- Dang! The cursor is flashing in the text boxt where I left it, but it doesn't have the focus!
- I now need to use my mouse to click on the textbox and regain the focus. (incorrect)
To Del A.'s good observation — I use 15 virtual desktops regularly and keep Teams maximized on desktop 14.
Today I noticed that switching back to Teams from another app, coming from the same desktop, another desktop, or a desktop from an external monitor, focus is properly set on the "Type a new message" input if that's where I was focused previously. Also, the "Microsoft Teams Notification." app Window menu item I mentioned in my last post is no longer listed.
Teams About info:
"You have Microsoft Teams Version 1.3.00.23764. It was last updated on 8/28/20."
Please fix this!!
It is driving me nuts having to gain focus every time I switch back to teams!
Very unproductive and should be a simple fix.
Del Abdullah commented
Running macOS v10.15.6
The issue is on switching to apps on a different desktop, then back again.
To reproduce :
- Have at least 2 desktops
- On desktop 1, you can have an app, say Firefox
- On desktop 2, you have Teams and Chrome
- When on desktop 2, you can switch between Teams and Chrome with no lost of focus to Teams
- If you switch from Teams (desktop 2) to Firefox (desktop 1), then do something in firefox and back to Teams, the focus is lost on the window and you need to click it, in order to do anything.
Same issue on macOS v10.15 — incredibly annoying.
I noticed that the Teams app has two windows (in my use case), "Chat | Microsoft Teams" and "Microsoft Teams Notification."
With the Chat window focused (and selected in the Window menu dropdown), I can switch to any other app, switch back to Teams and see that Microsoft Teams Notification is now the active/selected window.
What's more frustrating is that in macOS you should be able to CMD+` (backtick) switch between an app's open windows, but even that doesn't seem to work when the invisible Notification "window" is the current active window.
Having Teams focus to the most recently used window when switched to from another app would greatly improve UX.
I have the same problem here on Mac. It's so annoying !!!! Please fix
I switch to/from Teams app hundreds++ of times per day and it's absolutely infuriating that this seems to be the only app on the planet that doesn't return you to the "currently opened chat" (or whatever last function/dialog used) focus when returning back to the app.
Something so simple in user-experience causes so much agony and frustration.
Yes, thanks, "first world problem", but after a few hundred a day you'll realize it's just unacceptable design.
Forced to use Teams commented
Simply switching between another app and Teams is the same issue. This is a poor user experience and to be honest, really annoying.
A baseline experience with any app is that when you switch to the app, it has focus.
This is a HUGE miss, please fix this ASAP!
Neil Despres commented
Very annoying. Focus is lost when switching between workspaces on MacOS 10.12.6.
Common Microsoft, this is very basic. Every application I can think of manages to keep focus properly. Forcing me to use a mouse wastes my time and makes me want to torch my computer.