Outlook add-in steals focus from Outlook breaking shortcut keys
Basically, if you open a linked email in a task in the Todoist pane, then lots of keyboard shorcuts are eaten by Outlook.
Steps to repro
1) create a task linked to an email
2) click on the link that opens the email in Outlook
3) close the email with the mouse (close button)
now all shortcut keys fail to work. Like Control-R, Delete Key etc.
If you reset focus in Outlook (open a new email for example and close it) then things go back to normal.
It's like focus is "stuck" in the Todoist pane.
Windows 7 - 64 bit
Outlook 2010 - 32 bit
Asked by Omar Shahine on Nov 23, 2011 - 10:50
I can't reproduce this issue :(
Please tell me - when you can't use Outlook shortcuts, does your cursor hover over the Todoist pane? Whenever you hover over the Todoist pane, it will always get the focus and therefore reserve all keyboard shortcuts for Todoist.
Omar Shahine on Nov 23, 2011 - 11:51
No, my cursor is basically clicking a message in the message list.
then if I try and hit control-r nothing happens.
CH on Dec 02, 2011 - 07:40
I'm having the same problem. Do you have an estimate of when this will be fixed?
unfortunately, I can't give you any time frame on this, but the developers of our Outlook plugin have been informed about this as well as some other issues and they're currently working on a new release of this plugin.
Once it's been released, we will inform everyone through Google+, Facebook and Twitter (see links at the bottom of the Todoist website).
Even I had also the same problem, I have reported the focus issue problem in the past also but no improvements on this side.
Also, recently, I'm facing this problem frequently.
When I add my outlook email using "add to todoist" under Addins tab then todoist fails to add the task.
My workaround is manually refresh the todoist pane and then add the task again from Addin tab
we have already released a new version of the Outlook plugin in which the focus issue has been fixed.
Please use the "Add/Remove Programs" option in your operating system's "Control Panel" and remove OutlookTodoist from the list.
Next, download the new plugin from here: http://todoist.com/outlook and install it.
Since this will fix the issue with stealing focus, you could use the Todoist's "Add email" link in the plugin window to add an email as a task. Note - the "Add to Todoist" button works only when the Todoist plugin window is opened. It will display the project list within this window and allow you to chose to which project you would like to add it.
If the new plugin doesn't fix these issues for you, please tell me:
- Which Operating System are you using?
- Which version of Outlook are you using?
Omar Shahine on Jan 18, 2012 - 08:42
Wow, I had no idea this was fixed! Since you are already using the Office VSTO systmem to develop/install your add in, if you "Publish" the click to run endpoint to the web and have people install from thre, auto-update will work vs needing to uininstall / re-install.
Omar Shahine on Jan 19, 2012 - 04:49
Sure, here you go:
You can set the publish endpoint to your web site so that people are installing the VSTO add-in from your website. Then when you have a new version you publish the new version and all the clients get updated the next time Outlook boots. You can control the auto-update behavior so that it's not checking every time you launch.
Omar Shahine on Jan 19, 2012 - 10:58
Amir, one more quick suggestion. Install Evernote on Windows and check out their ribbon button. It's right there in the main ribbon, not off in the 'Addins' area. It would be awesome if you could tweak the ribbon button so that the Add to Todoist button appears in the main "Home" tab in Outlook. Lemme know if you need help with that.
Omar Shahine on Jan 20, 2012 - 14:14
Hobbyist :-). I spent a lot of time working on Outlook addins back in the day. Currently working on a Windows Phone 7 Todoist App. It should be pretty sweet. My day job is working at Microsoft. Todoist is fantastic. Awesome Getting Things Done tool.