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I'm using MS Teams Version 1.0.00.25152 for macOS.  Several times an hour sometimes or not at all other times MS Teams takes focus while I'm working in an another window.  I'll be typing something in an email or have an SSH terminal open and all of a sudden the window I'm in loses focus.  I look up at the top left and it says the current application is "Micosoft Teams".  When I hit command+tab once focus goes back to the window I was in.

 

While I haven't accidentally typed something confidential into a chat it's still extremely annoying.

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hi landon,

 

that is strange behaviour i am using version  1.0.00.28451. without a problem maybe you should check for updates.

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It auto pops up every time someone posts a message in any Team I'm a member of, I had to switch to the web version just to avoid this. Seriously MS, get some people with IRC experience on the dev team, no need to rediscover the wheel when it comes to high-velocity chats...

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Thanks for confirming it wasn't just me.
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Teams is constantly doing this to me, TWO YEARS AFTER THIS POST, and it's absolutely INFURIATING.

 

The worst is when I'm using a fullscreen application - any time I receive a chat message, Teams not only steals focus over to the Teams app, but it switches out of my fullscreen application as well, interrupting what I was doing.

Applications should **NEVER** steal focus unless the user explicitly goes and CHANGES the default behavior to intentionally choose that behavior.

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Same here, and it's extremely frustrating. Why should there be any code in the application to steal focus at any time, no less randomly? It also likes to start flashing in my task bar for attention randomly, though no messages or any other kinds of updates have been received. The fact that this application that sends text takes up 600+ MB of my memory is another conversation entirely...

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+1. Same issue here @Landon Stewart. Driving me insane.

 

Windows 10, 10.0.17763.379

Teams 1.4.4.0 (?)

Date: 20190605

 

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06/12/2019 5:30 AM: Stolen focus so at least 5 times while I was using Outlook or Chrome.

 

 

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@acschissler  Same here. Ridiculous.

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This is still happening and it's infuriating! I'm on the latest version (1.2.00.17057) but the issue still persists. Not all the time, but when it starts it does it for 10 minutes or so, a few seconds after closing the window. Even now as I write this, Teams keeps popping up over the browser, I have to close or minimize it, continue typing, then a few seconds later it pops up again! Over and over. Why is a text-based chat program so complicated? AOL Instant Messenger did this better 20 years ago! Fix this focus problem Microsoft! 

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And the first message for this problem, were on ‎10-20-2017. It still happens,

It is really REALLY frustration, suddenly typing in MS Teams instead of what ever program you were in. Arghh,

Looks like the problem doesn't have the biggest attention from Microsoft, although it is the first thing a user notice, when you start using Teams.

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And instead of getting the problem fixing. I have now earned i point...
Sometimes it is hard to see where the focus for the application is:. Work and getting work done, or moving the Apps over to "Congratulation You earned your first badge .. smiley smiley "
My grandchildren would like it on their tablet PCs.
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Is there any update on this. Can't use Teams at all because of this issue.

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@Landon Stewart This window stealing behavior is terrible.

 

It can only be avoided by de-selecting "Register Teams as the Chat app for Office (requires restarting Office applications)" from within Microsoft Teams settings. That said, this removes other useful behaviors.

 

Working with legal documents, it's a chore when Microsoft Teams steals focus multiple times while typing file names. 

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Yes! This happens to me constantly while switching between fullscreen applications. It's ridiculous.

Today Teams finally pushed me over the edge by somehow taking focus every time I switched spaces, even though it wasn't even visible because it was on another fullscreen space. I was switching back and forth between my code editor and my browser, and I couldn't type or refresh a page without first clicking to restore focus. Quitting teams fixes the problem immediately, I despise how buggy and noncompliant Team's management of mac focus is. I might only be using Teams as a browser tab from now on. Their native app is simply unbearable.

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This bug is driving me nuts on Ubuntu 20.04 with Gnome Shell. Every time something happens in MS Teams, regardless of what kind it is, the applications steals my focus. If you are using MS Teams with a bigger organisation, every time someone mentions you in a channel or writes you in chat, your focus got set to Teams. I already changed all notifications to "only show in feed" but it does not change anything. It still steals my focus.

When I am writing code, when I am writing a Github issue, when I am typing passwords, when I am writing some bash commands, ... It can happen every time and it is a nightmare.

 

Fix it now, @microsoft ! It is stupid like it is now. There is a setting in Gnome Shell to prevent focus stealing and your application should also accept that setting.

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Hello,

 

I am also affected by this problem on Ubuntu 18.04.4 with teams version 1.3.00.16851. This is quite infuriating and also dangerous: if teams takes focus while I'm typing a password, it might end up in teams chats.

 

Can you please advise? Maybe there is a setting to change on my side?

 

Thanks,

Simon

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@wynkenThe way to prevent this for me was to go into Teams > Settings > Uncheck Register Teams as the chat app for Office (requires restarting office applications)

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@david2440There is no such option on Linux which makes sense because there is also no MS Office for Linux.

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Curious if any other solution was found besides un checking "register teams as the chat app for office".  When I restart teams it re check's itself and the problem persists.

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@NealWynn And since I'm using Linux I don't even have that option ;).