Support MacOS keyboard shortcuts
Until recently, Outlook supported built-in cursor navigation short-cuts (Ctrl-A to move to the start of a line, Ctrl-E to move to the end of the line, Ctrl-N for next line, etc). In a recent update this support disappeared, and these key sequences now mostly do nothing, except that Ctrl-A now maps to select-all, just like Cmd-A. Other Office products still support the shortcuts. For those who are used to universal OS support for these shortcuts it's a jarring experience, and inconsistent with the Mac experience.
I agree, it feels very sad every time I try to select and jump through texts by word with ALT+SHIFT+Arrows. Just does not work in Outlook for some bizarre reason. Makes me want to go back to Mail.app.
Under review since 3 years ???
OS standards were supported properly in the past in those applications. I guess, it's not a big effort to remove the keyboard modifications done by the Office applications, at least optionally.
Can be so easy to make a lot of customers happy with this. ;-)
Guy Gascoigne-Piggford commented
I don't need ctrl-A selecting the whole document, cmd-A already does that. I really want my mac specific behavior back. I have to use Outlook for work and there's a lot about it that I really like. But this change annoyed me when it came out, and three years later it's still annoying.
This is simply a bug, not a feature. Please consider fixing it.
Ives Stoddard commented
Modal / popup dialog boxes also don't support navigation by keys. I have to reach for the mouse any time an MS app prompts me for something (save, close, etc etc.). Would be nice to at least have arrow-key navigation.
I ran into an issue the other day where i lost mouse-click functionality (bluetooth issue screwed up both mouse and trackpad). Not being able to click meant I couldn't respond to the popups with anything other than "enter" or "escape" keys.
Keyboard shortcuts are not universal across Office apps, which is very annoying. For example, "Cmd + ." inserts a bulleted list in OneNote, but not in Outlook.
I would like to propose enabling Gmail shortcuts in Outlook on macOS.
Jason Addison commented
I hate this so much. emacs-style navigation is available everywhere: Mac apps, web apps, every shell, every programming REPL, anywhere in Linux, emacs (of course), ... except Microsoft. If Microsoft wants the respect of non-Microsoft users, as they repeatedly claim, making emacs-style navigation easily available in their products seems like an easy win.
Joel Jones commented
The\ Apple Human Interface Guidelines mapping for command keys should be followed. Specifically, [shift-]cmd-down-arrow should [select/move] from current position to end of edit area, similarly for [shift-]cmd-up-arrow. These have been standards since at least 1986 (Inside Macintosh, v4). See https://developer.apple.com/design/human-interface-guidelines/macos/user-interaction/keyboard/ for the latest version
I am constantly selecting all and bolding things by accident D:
Please provide shortcut within Outlook Mac just as in Outlook for windows. Olso the shortcut navigation theme is missing.
Peter Puggaard commented
Please make a keyboard shortcut for go to Inbox like in the Windows version. (ctrl+shift+i). Mac should just be cmd+shift+i. Probably for other standard folders too.
This is a keyboard shortcut in Mac OS which deletes all text on a single line preceding the cursor. In Outlook for Mac, it deletes an entire email conversation for some reason. This absolutely screws with me, as it's the only application I've ever used that does this, and this very useful keyboard shortcut is now massively more destructive than it should be.
Allow the function of Home/End keys when on the Subject line of an email. For now it only functions for the body of the message.
Marvin Ickow commented
I have about 80 folders to file my emails. When I am down at the bottom of the list, it would be great to have a keyboard shortcut to get back to the inbox instead of having to scroll all the way back up.
The "end" key (between numeric and alpha keyboards) does not work when typing in the subject field.
It does when typing the mail.
Make it work please.
OMG this is the most annoying thing ever. Please fix!
Mike Lonergan commented
I specifically miss these in the Outlook compose window:
- Up arrow should move to the beginning of the line if on first line of document (rather than doing nothing on the top line).
- Down arrow should move to the end of the line if on the last line of text
What's worse is this is inconsistent, it's only in the compose parts of outlook that this happens, the smaller text widgets in outlook respond to the built in OSX keybindings. At least w/Entourage, none of those works, so I could have some ideas that when in Entourage, nothing worked. I had upgraded from Outlook 2011 which didn't have this problem primarily so I could put a required image in my signature, aside from the speed, it's been a downgrade. It's really irresponsible to change the keybindings to that of a different OS, and then inconsistently, IMO. Poor UX
Matt Jones commented
Every time I have to use Outlook, this drives me up the wall. Every other application on my computer behaves consistently when you type. Except Outlook. Maybe this is meant to make transitioning from Windows to Mac easier for people? But it makes me (and I assume the majority of Mac users who are used to their platform and expect it to behave consistently) hate using this product.
I pretty much "solved" this by switching back to Mail.app and Calendar.app :)