Request Control button - move, add confirmation, or allow undo
I've got tremors, and the Request Control button is way too easy to hit when I want to look at the chat or participants list
Please move the button, add a confirmation, or allow the request to be withdrawn.
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The toolbar moves to the left when the Participants or Meeting Chat button is pressed, so "Request control" ends up positioned where the Participants or Meeting Chat buttons previously were. Given that re-clicking on those buttons is a way to close the Participants list or Chat window, it is very easy to click on the "Request control" by accident when, for example, you only open chat briefly to see one new message and then mean to close it again by re-clicking in the same spot.
Ross J commented
Please consider changing the UI or adding a confirmation message for this option - it is really disruptive to a meeting. The button is way too big and easy to hit - I imagine that this button is not used intentionally very often compared to those around it, so please reduce the size / move it / add a confirmation. I use teams all the time and must hit this button by accident at least once a day.
Please add an 'undo' to allow to undo such a request.
Honestly, I can't believe that the otherwise excellent MS UX has allowed this function to behave like this.
- too big a button for a sparsely used function
- has quite a big impact (in a large meeting), but does not have niether a confirmation nor an undo option
During a meeting if you click "Request Control" there appears not to be any option to cancel that request. The Presenter has to cancel which can then impact the flow of a meeting.
If the requester could also cancel their own request this would make more sense.
Ben Spiller commented
+1 this has happened several times and it's really annoying/embarrassing - especially as there's no way to retract your request for control if it was a mistake.
Cannot stress this enough, hope others vote it up!
This happens to me ALL.THE.TIME. +100000
Nick Dorak commented
YES! If you click "Show Participants" button and click again to close to fast, the "Request Control" button moves in the way and there is no way to undo.
Viken Jawharjian commented
Agreed, or add a confirmation message to appear in the event someone does accidentally click on the button. This has happened a few times when the screen is resizing as the user tries to open other menu items.
Was hit 3 times by accident in 1 shared screen meeting.
Was hit 3 times by accident in 1 shared screen meeting.
Right as you're joining an already-running meeting, the first thing you want to do is see who's in the meeting, so you go to click on the Show Participants button... then the Request Control button finally loads, and appears right where the Show Participants button was, shifting it to the left. So you end up clicking on Request Control when you never meant to do that. I've done that to many times, and it's very embarrassing. It throws the presenter off-track (disrupts their train of thought), and everyone in the meeting is wondering why I feel I need to take control.
Buttons on the toolbar should NEVER move, ever, period! If you're getting ready to click on a button, there should NEVER be the risk that another button will load and push the one you're getting ready to click out of the way. BTW the toolbar itself should be able to be moved, but only under user control. It should never move on its own.
Also I agree with the other suggestion that a click on the Request Control button should be verified by a popup, "Do you really want to request control?" You could add a checkbox also, [x] Never ask me again, for people who feel confident that they'll never click it by accident, as long as there's a way to undo that check in the settings.
Agreed, the button is way too large and I find myself hitting it on accident when trying to see comments or just hang up on a call, especially because the toolbar changes size/location when opening/closing participants/comments sidebar. It should be a relatively rare action compared to everything else so I don't get why it's such a large button.
Michael Nasuta commented
Make the "Request Control" button smaller in Meetings. And don't have the positions move when a side panel (participants, chat, etc.) is opened. It is often clicked by accident.
I agree. The biggest flaw is the very annoying behavior when you first join a meeting, the relatively small "Show Participants" icon appears before the giant "Request Control" button appears and when it does appear, it is right where the "Show Participants" button was, so you end up requesting control, when you really just wanted to see who else was in the meeting!
This is one of the most annoying features of Teams!
There are many ways to fix this...
1 - Don't let the buttons move position... ever!
2 - Have some sort of "safety" for buttons (like an "Are you sure?" prompt)
3 - Have a way to quickly cancel "Request Control"
Michael Kuritzky Bakman commented
I agree. The "Request control" button is too easy a hit target, located next to important buttons, and sometimes it appears after the rest of the toolbar is loaded, pushing buttons aside.
Most importantly, though, there is no (apparent) way to withdraw/cancel the request. The only way I've found so far is to disconnect from the call and then reconnect.
Please rethink this UX to make it more difficult to make mistakes, and easier to remediate them when they do happen.