Tab key while Composing Email
After pressing the tab key to go out of the Subject field of a new email, please focus on the body of the email, not the Font and font size.
Current tab-key sequence: To --> Subject --> Font --> Font Size --> Body
Suggested sequence: To --> Subject --> Body
Now available in Insider Fast, tab order will make only one stop in the formatting toolbar (on font). Arrow key is now used to navigate buttons in formatting toolbar. The next tab goes to the message body. Please try it out and let us know what you think. Thanks for all the feedback!
Spent 2 votes on this! I use TextExpander to automate emails. It takes a about 14 tab keys to from subject line to the body. As others said tab sequence should be To > Subject > Body. If you have un-hidden the CC and BCC fields then some tabs for that is OK too.
Houston Ruck commented
+1 but now when I tab out of the subject field, it clears the field! doesn't make sense to have to move the mouse cursor into the body of the email to start composing.
I completely agree - this is super annoying, happens literally every single time I'm composing an email. Should be an easy fix!
When i create a new email when i hit "tab" after the subject it should go to the body of the email and not to font choice. It is annoying to have to either tab through a bunch of font options or use the mouse to click into the "body". This is how it acts if i pop out the email to a separate window but not if im composing in the outlook window.
Blaise King commented
After typing the subject in the subject line, I think it would be beneficial to us the Tab Key to access the body of the e-mail rather than "tabbing" through the font/paragraph bar.
Dowling, Tim commented
When composing a new email, the tab key currently moves the curser from the subject line to the font selector before going to the body of the message — generally, when someone is tabbing through to write a new message, fonts don't come into play between the subject and the body.
Richard Dinsdale commented
When composing a new email using the inline composer, the cursor correctly starts in the "to" field, then tabs to the subject field.
Tabbing then takes the user through all the formatting buttons - font, size, formatting etc, approximately 18 presses of the tab button before reaching the body of the email.
For people that like to use the keyboard as much as possible this is too much. Suggest going directly from subject field to message body, and then the user selects priority or other formatting only when needed.
Tristan Robinson commented
When starting a new message, please don't make me tab through all of the formatting controls before getting to the body of the message. Let me put in recipient, tab, subject, tab, and just start typing in the main body of the message.
Outlook 16.32 (19111400)
While in New Outlook mode:
Enter an email address in the To: field, press TAB
Active field is now Cc, then Bcc 'button'
Click on Subject Field, Enter a subject in the Subject: field, press Tab
Active field is now the Priority Drop Down, then cycles through the new message Toolbar (e.g. Font/Size/Bold...)
Use mouse to click in message body area to begin message.
I suggest that Cc/Bcc/Priority/ToolBar all be demoted in the Tab Order to be lower than the message body.
Ideally, I would prefer to tab from To, to Subject, to Body.
Stuart Clare commented
When composing a new email in the message view, once you have entered a subject and press 'Tab' the next box you come to is 'Font'. Would be better if you went from Subject to Message Body as the tab order.
When composing a new email - after typing the subject, I have to hit tab 3 times to make it to the email body - because I have to tab through the font name and font size - which I almost never use. I'd suggest moving those after the discard button in the tab order
Keith Braithwaite commented
When composing a new message with the inline editor, after entering the names in the "To" field, I want to tab over to the body to start typing, but it's tabbing through each of the editing options (bold, underline, italics, indent, etc) before arriving at the body.
Mark D commented
When I create a new message, the focus is on the to field, and then when I press "tab" buton and go to the subject field, and then when I click "tab", the focus is on the formatting bar, specifically the font. I think it would be better to skip over the formatting selection and go to the body field, since I rarely change the formatting before I start typing, or even after for that matter.