Sometimes, the entry becomes shaded in a light gray. At that point, pressing enter again is rejected with a beep. Instead, I must press tab, in which case the quick entry box becomes shaded in light blue and I can finally press enter to add the action to my database and dismiss the entry box.
I can’t figure out when #1 happens and when #2 does, but it’s consistent for any project/tag combination. That is, in the above examples, any action which was assigned to project “OmniFocus” and tag “Do” was consistently giving me behavior #1 while any action which was assigned to project “OmniFocus” and tag “Clean Up” was consistently giving me behavior #2.
Does anyone have any idea why this might be happening?
As it turns out, I can get consistent and efficient behavior by pressing enter instead of tab in step 7. This auto-completes the tag name and moves the focus to where another tag could be assigned rather than to the defer field. After that, pressing enter again (as in step 8) always leads to the blue shaded box, and pressing enter a third time always enters the action into my database and closes the quick entry box.
This is also a better key combination to put into muscle memory since many of my actions do have multiple tags and very few have defer dates.
This solves the problem, although I’d still be curious to understand what the gray shaded quick entry box means and why it appears in some situations but not others.
Hi @fragar! Thanks for the detailed steps and screenshots — they’re very useful in looking at this problem.
The gray highlight happens in all OmniFocus outlines when there’s a selection, but the app is not the frontmost, “active” app on your Mac. You can see the same effect by selecting an item in the main OmniFocus window, then activating another app like Safari, for instance. For some reason, it appears the Quick Entry window is losing focus after you press Return in step 8.
If you haven’t already, would you mind sending in these steps — or even just a link to this forum thread — to our Support team via email? We can get it logged as a bug and do some more investigation that way.
I’ve noticed that the focus is lost after step 8 whenever the contents of the bottom line of the fluid-style quick entry box after step 7 are long enough to concatenate some of the remaining placeholders.
I’ve tried a number of other permutations and the above pattern always holds. Whenever “no due date” is displayed after step 7, the light blue box appears after step 8. Whenever the dots diagram is displayed after step 7, the gray box appears after step 8.