On Mac, when switching between desktops to select teams app, it wouldn't be the active window.

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On Mac, If I have teams app on a different desktop than the current one and when I do cmd+tab to select the teams app, it would take me to that desktop but teams app wouldn't be the active window and further I have to click with the mouse to make it the active window (or I have to cmd+tab to another app in the same desktop as teams and one more cmd+tab to teams to make it active) is painful.


Kindly fix it. 

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best response confirmed by ThereseSolimeno (Microsoft)

Hello @rajashekar007   If you'd like to give feedback on Teams, please go to the Teams Uservoice feedback forum where the engineers can take note:

Hi @ThereseSolimeno, This is not a new feature. This is simply a bug and needs to be fixed and comes in the way of being productive.

@rajashekar007   The Uservoice site is where bugs are reported, as well as new feature requests.

Hi i am facing the same issue and im sure thousands more are.

This bug has been an extremely big hindrance to productivity. Since Teams is probably the most used app in a day, this bug is wasting at least half hour of my extremely demanding workday, not to mention the awkwardness i have to face during the meetings when im presenting something.

@ThereseSolimeno Please help. 

I know from one of my users that the issue is still present, in Sept 2021. MS has announced they are moving away from UserVoice:

TechCommunity is one of the recommended alternatives.
Please get this addressed. The issue is the same when clicking on the MS teams icon in the dock. The first click only shows the MS Teams menu bar. I need to click it again to get it to switch desktops. This is the only app i have with this behavior and it is extremely confusing, and as everyone else has state eats into my productivity.

Looks like they are least bothered, so switched to web app @aaparr1840 

To add to this behavior the fist attempt to take focus will give you the menu bar. And if you do something like select Preferences from the MS Teams menu the desk top will not switch. The preferences are displayed on top of the app on a different desktop. You keep selecting Preferences and you think it is broken or not responding until you switch desktops and see that the preferences were displayed.

I switched to M1 as there is no native app, I'm happy with the web app :)

please fix this Microsoft. It's the pits not being able to use Teams when you run multiple desktops. 


Cant CMD+TAB to teams when running multiple desktops. Every other program works great. Just teams as it has a second, transparent notification window. Even if you run MAC native notifications. Please. Please.

It's farcical that this STILL isn't fixed. I'm going to get my company to switch to Slack just because of this.
The original post was made on August 12th, 2020. It is now September 25th, 2022. This still remains an issue with the MacOS build of Microsoft Teams. Surely the fix to this issue can't be that complex. Please fix this ASAP.

@rajashekar007Hey everyone, I disabled animations and now it switches between workspaces with one click. Go to Teams settings -> General -> Turn off animations then restart your Teams. It should solve the issue.


Still a pain, the animation setting trick is not working for me. iTerm is on a sibling desktop on my MBP and after a pair of quick App tabbing i left on the wrong desktop.
To whom ever confirmed this as the best response..


The issue is the MS Teams Notification Window on MAC becomes "checked" and there is no window to be closed, thus disabling the alt-tab to MS Teams.

Quitting Teams is they only way I have to rid the notification window until the next time it becomes active (checked).

This is not about the new meeting experience and the broke out window of the meeting controls.

I solved it by selecting Mac style notifications and restarted Teams.

Now I can Cmd Tab to it when in different desktops.




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best response confirmed by ThereseSolimeno (Microsoft)

Hello @rajashekar007   If you'd like to give feedback on Teams, please go to the Teams Uservoice feedback forum where the engineers can take note:

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