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.
In OS X, you can use shortcuts like control-a to jump to the beginning of a line, control-e to jump to the end, etc.
One of the recent updates to Outlook disabled this functionality in the email composition window.
I would love to have the possibility to customise the keyboard shortcuts because a shortcut that I use very frequently on Mac OS is conflicting with one of Outlook that I have never used. I refer to "Move focus to next window" that is COMMAND+\ but instead on Outlook that shortcut is for hide/read the reading pane...
Not having at a minimum CTRL+A and CTRL+E behave as expected in Mac is a huge productivity and sanity killer. I want to toss the computer out of the window when writing email in Outlook for Mac.
The compose window should behave exactly as expected on Mac, just like every other native text input field does.
Stian Andreassen commented
In Outlook 2016 for Mac, please enable the use of the keyboard "home" and "end" buttons to select multiple items in a range, in combination with shift and page up/page/down. This keyboard combination has always been available in Windows, so why can't we have it in Office 2016 for Mac as well? It's extremely useful when working with multiple folders, selecting batches of emails for actioning one way or another.
To put it another way; these keyboard combinations are not available in Office 2016;
- Shift+home to select all items in sequence (current sort order) from your highlighted item to the top of the folder
- Shift+end to select all items in sequence (current sort order) from your highlighted item to the bottom of the folder
- Shift+page up to select all items from your highlighted item to the top of the visible area of the current folder (visible items)
- Shift+page down to select all items from your highlighted item to the bottom of the visible area of the current folder (visible items)
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Jeroen Steenblik commented
Remove the ⌘<Return> keyboard shortcut for sending an email from Outlook or at the very least put a safeguard dialog up asking if you are sure(UI). Now it's way too easy to accidentally hit this combo whilst editing emails and ending up sending an email before you really want to - creating embarrassment or even (business) problems. Trust me, I've been there...
Most OS X applications support a standard set of keybindings for cursor navigation in text fields (sometimes called "readline key bindings"). For example, ctrl+f moves the cursor forward, ctrl+b moves it back, ctrl-a moves to beginning of line, ctrl+e to the end.
Office 360 for mac had supported this properly up until the last release, 15.22. Now, they've overlaid windows style keybindings (e.g., ctrl+a is select all instead of moving the cursor to the beginning of the line). This is redundant since we already have command+a etc...
The Mac default keyboard shortcuts don't work anymore with the latest office for mac release. They work everywhere but in office now. Fix would be nice.
Robert Mircea commented
Please bring back OSX editors style shortcuts which are consistent across all Mac apps. E.g. Ctrl + a -> move cursor to start of line, Ctrl + e -> move cursor at the end of line
The correct implementation was available before, but it was changed to "Windows like" editor shortcuts starting with Outlook for Mac 15.20.
Ultimately, make it a settable configuration item in the Preferences pane.
David van der Steen commented
Categories - Add back Recently Used Categories like in Outlook 2011. It is quick and easier to assign categories this way.
It would also be great to get a keyboard shortcut to open the Category option rather than click the Ribbon button each time.