Make window "active" when cmd-tab to Teams app in Mac
When you cmd-tab between applications on Mac, I would expect the main window to become active when I get to the next app. In Teams this doesn't happen, and I have to go to the mouse/trackpad to click on the window for it to happen (it is not that the window is minimized, it is just not "active").
Two main drawbacks for me from this:
The last chat message I got, and that I could read and is done with, doesn't get marked as read without me having to click on the app (slows me down and annoys me because the badge count is a distraction (I know I can turn it off, but I want it for the "real" unread)).
I can't immediatly use keyboard shortcuts like cmd-E to go to the search box. Instead, I need to go to mouse/trackpad and click the application and then back to the keyboard, which kind of defeats the whole purpose of speed of keyboard shortcuts.
Thanks for your consideration!
Philip Schlesinger commented
Agreed. This is super annoying. Please fix this ASAP. I don't know of any other apps that behave in this weird fashion.
Lame Fix. Turn all notifications on with banner and it'll command tab again.
I'm trying turning off Banner style notifications and leaving them only in feed. Getting banners on my iPhone anyway, so it's largely redundant as long as my phone is nearby anyway. Testing for a few days to see if that makes for a better UX.
Same problem here in Dec of 2020.
Microsoft clearly cares as much as ever about its Mac users
This occurs because of the Teams notification window. If you try it when you first open Teams, it works fine. However, the moment you get a notification, it will fail as the command+tab is selecting the hidden notification window. You then need to mouse up to Window and select the proper Teams window. I am hoping that the integrated notifications with macOS notifications panel later this month may be one way to workaround this issue.
Over a year in, and this is still a bug. For me, things have gotten noticeably worse, too. Now, CMD + TAB will no longer work for Teams. the only way for me to switch to Teams is to grab my mouse. I'm using Mac OS 10.15.4 and Teams Version 1.3.00.28778. It was last updated on 11/5/20.
some of this might be due to how my corporate managed MacBook Pro has been set up, but wow, this is so frustrating!
I totally agree. This is super-annoying bug. I am jumping to Teams every other minute for documents, chat and such. Not being able to do it via command+tab is truly frustrating
It's a huge blocker to good work flow. Imagine a Windows/PC app that refused to come forward with ALT-Tab! Please fix this - it's a pri 0 bug at the user interface level. It might start as a lower priority, but after the 10th Command-Tab failure in a day, it's definitely pri 0.
Bibin Mohan commented
Agreed. It's annoying that we have to use the mouse every time.
John Egan commented
It seems like Teams is the only program that has this problem, too. Even old Skype for Business allows me to CMD+Tab to it and start typing in the active chat right away. For some reason, when switching to Teams, I always have to take a hand from the keyboard and use the mouse to click on the Teams window to make it active.
This may seem like a minor annoyance, but if you have to do this dozens of times a day, it gets pretty frustrating. I also have to imagine that this raises accessibility issues, too.
Stephen Opalenski commented
Having to reach for a mouse to type in Teams is so frustrating.