- May 18, 2016 at 1:30 am #20857
I often start External Tools directly from the editor using shortcuts.
One very productivity-decreasing aspect of this for me today though is that each time I do this, the GUI focus inside EmEditor goes to the Output Bar, even though this bar is obviously normally only used to present output, and thus won’t need any GUI focus.
Rather, I normally just want to continue working in the editor area (using arrow keys, typing, copy/pasting etc) while taking a quick glance at the the results in the Output Bar once it has displayed its result (which, depending on which External Tool I use, could take up to 30 seconds), but today I always need to reach for the mouse and restore the GUI focus to the editor window every time to be able to continue to work, which is a big workflow wrecker for me. :(
My suggestion is therefore: Please default to not giving the Output Bar GUI focus when it is opened, or, at least make this an option for each External Tool.
Sounds reasonable?May 18, 2016 at 9:33 am #20860
I believe some people want the current behavior, so we have to make this optional. I will consider adding the “Set Focus in the Output Bar” chdck box to the External Tool Properties.
Thanks!May 18, 2016 at 11:00 am #20861
Excellent, thanks a lot, this will make a lot of difference for the work-flow efficiency when using external tools inside EmEditor!
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