Outlook 2011 takes focus when I get mail - can I make it stop?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by makingcoffee, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. makingcoffee macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2011
    I usually keep Outlook 2011 in the background when I'm working away. Then whenever I receive a new email message, Outlook will take the "focus" ... in other words come to the front. Is there a way I can stop this behavior? It is getting very distracting.

    I'll be working in Photoshop or InDesign, and then juuust as I'm about to click on an item ... BOOM... Outlook fills up the screen and I find myself clicking some random mail message instead.

    I know Outlook is eager to tell me I have new mail. But I'd rather check it when it's convenient for me.
  2. makingcoffee thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2011
    I got a solution! It looks like it was Spaces that was causing the issue. I had turned on Spaces a long time ago thinking I might find it useful, but I never got around to trying it out. As soon as I turned it off, my Outlook started behaving. Go figure.
  3. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

    Cheffy Dave

    Feb 5, 2007
    Sunny Florida, on the Gulf Coast in Homosassa Fl
    Thanks for sharing, you help us all!

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