Remember location when switching between Mailbox, Calendar, Contacts, and Tasks in Outlook 2016
When swtiching between Mailbox, Calendar, Contacts, and Task views, the view should not reset to top each time.
It's extremely annoying to be forced to open each screen in a new window in order to avoid navigating to one's previous location when switching between each view.
For example, if I am looking at meetings in my calendar 12 weeks in the future, and I switch to my inbox to check a new incoming mail or need to get some contextual information, when I switch back to the calendar I have to waste time scrolling back to 12 weeks in the future. The same thing goes for when I am looking at a particular email from the past and then switch to calendar view momentarily, then I have to go through the hassle of finding the email I was looking at previously as I switch back to my inbox.
I find myself doing this at least a a dozen times per day. Doing the math, it adds up to hours of wasted time per year.
Jonathan Paugh commented
Today, I created an appointment on the wrong date because of this, and had to delete it, then re-create it. I found the right week, then switched to email to double-check the date & time; but when I switched back to calendar, the week had changed back to this week without me noticing.
When multiple calendars are added to the calendar view, remember the calendars selected each time the user moves between mail and calendar rather than have to select them each time.
Ian Cunningham commented
If I am working on a email i want to check my calendar I can click on the calendar icon at the bottom left to switch to calendar view. When I click back on the email icon it has lost focus on the email that I was looking at before viewing the calendar. Very annoying.
If I scroll halfway down my inbox and then move to my sent folder and then go back to my inbox it would be great if it stayed at the halfway mark rather than putting me back up to the top of the inbox. Sometimes I need to reference multiple e-mails back and forth between different folders and every time I go back to the other folder I have to re-find the e-mail I was referencing. It is very time consuming and tedious.
Amil Coppens commented
Ability to move the navigation bar that switches from mail, calendar, tasks, etc. When using Outlook, my cursor is rarely in the lower right of the screen, and it is annoying to navigate to that part of the screen for only that function that I perform regularly. The interface would be more efficient if that tool bar can be where the rest of the tools are, and where my cursor is usually positioned. It doesn't seem like much, but these extra seconds add up fast when performing this common action, and for my size organization this extra half second adds up to millions in additional operational expenses for wasted time. I would expect Outlook telemetry to capture where my cursor is usually positioned, and Microsoft to use this data to optimize my experience to save me time and money. As for touch screen, the interface should have options to optimize the interface for right and left handed people. For right handed people, the usually hold a tablet in their left, and navigate with their right. In doing so, users have to reach over their screen blocking content. This can be optimized as well.