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Change/Allow Customization of the Left HootSuite Menu Bar

The new menu bar down the left side is a good idea in theory, but the auto expand on mouse over seems to be distracting when my mouse passes over.

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    asaragaasaraga shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    rkyourkyou shared a merged idea: Because I'm uncomfortable with the mouse over the left side of the screen to open. Please change to click.  ·   · 
    Lydia Lydia shared a merged idea: Please stop the flyout on mouseover on the left nav - only flyout on click.  ·   · 
    Lydia Lydia shared a merged idea: Change the left nav fly-out  ·   · 
    Anonymous shared a merged idea: I wish I could keep the left side bar open  ·   · 
    BevBev shared a merged idea: Suggest that yo make the scroll bars for each stream slightly bigger and get rid of your tool bar from the left hand side.  ·   · 
    Anonymous shared a merged idea: stop the sidebar from popping up so frequently  ·   · 
    Nate McIntyreNate McIntyre shared a merged idea: Feature: Make it so the left menu doesn't expand on mouse hover  ·   · 
    AnonymousAnonymous shared a merged idea: The expanding bar on the left extends over and covers several buttons, including the refresh button. Why not move these buttons to the bar?  ·   · 
    xiaolai lixiaolai li shared a merged idea: The new toolbar on the left is useless and awkward. Please remove  ·   · 
    DamienWiseDamienWise shared a merged idea: Hide the new sidebar icons like you used to, or let me dock them horizontally along the top.  ·   · 
    Under Review  ·  PaigeAdminPaige (Product Liaision, Hootsuite) responded  · 

    Hi there! Thanks for reaching out to us!

    While we do not have any current plans on our roadmap to change the left HootSuite menu bar at this time, we are currently investigating ideas to change UI features for future updates to the HootSuite web dashboard.

    Thank you graciously for all of the suggestions, and thank you for using HootSuite!
    Travis | Customer Support – Technical Lead | @HootSuite_Help


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      • BrandonBrandon commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I always, always, ALWAYS seem to accidentally mouse-over the main and left nav causing the flyover menus to appear, meaning I have to do a zig-zag with my cursor—EVERY TIME—it is extremely annoying. I'm concerned this is going to cause a repetitive-strain injury, in my brain or otherwise!

      • ShawnShawn commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Upvoted. I have Hootsuite open in a separate window, so when I scroll away, sometimes the sidebar opens and gets stuck there; obscuring part of my feed. Very annoying.

      • Clem DumoClem Dumo commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Aye, I'm totally upvoting this. I don't count how many times a day I accidentally click Publisher when I'm really trying to hit the refresh tab button.

        Globally I agree with the comments below. I'm also surprised that this idea has been going on for so long and nothing happened yet.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Definitely a problem and it is pushing me to seek out the competition. You really should be listening.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Totally agree. What's the point of minimizing to show icons only when it just expands with practically every mouse movement? It's a ridiculously poor implementation. Although I still have a pro subscription for the auto schedule features, I now rarely use the main UI because it's so damn annoying. I've now had to resort to using Tweetdeck as my main feed viewer which is hardly the point of subscribing to a 'Pro' service!!!!

      • Joshua NessJoshua Ness commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I absolutely agree with the comments below. The auto pop-out feature is EXTREMELY annoying and is enough to make me switch from my Pro account to another provider if this isn't fixed. Please update the left menu bar to dock by default and expand on command. Thanks.

      • MichelleMichelle commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This alone is the one reason I'm thinking of dumping Hootsuite altogether. It flies out ALL. THE. TIME. I could not agree more with what Danielle said below. Get rid of it. It's unnecessary and clutters what is otherwise a good product.

      • danielledanielle commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I have the same problem and it's really frustrating. The menu stays open until I mouse back into hootsuite, get the menu to minimize back to the left, and mouse out in just the right way to keep it from opening. Often I miss and it reopens. But I shouldn't have to waste time with that. It's an annoying feature and considering the non-essential nature of what's offered in the menu, it should never, by default, expand so easily and stay that way. I think you could even remove the mouse-over state. You want what's in the menu? Click on the icons that are always visible. The primary functionality and what people do in hootsuite lives in the streams. The menu is something I almost never need. And, considering I'm a very active user, I probably trigger that menu, which stays open until I close it just right, at least 100-150 times per day, if not more.

      • brian botkillerbrian botkiller commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        What do you know, there's more people having the issue with the menu popping out here, too! FIX IT HOOTSUITE, FIX IT NOW

      • @Malvenue@Malvenue commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        LET ME TURN OFF THAT ^&*%&%^ MENU.

        EVERY time I move my mouse to the left of the screen that damned menu pops out, covering my most important stream. EVERY professional application developer will tell you how INFURIATING it is for clients to have to stop what they're doing and click somewhere else on the screen to clear pop-under menus.

        Please enter the 21st century of software design and let us turn the godammned thing OFF.

      • Ashley PriceAshley Price commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I agree. A lot of the time I am using a laptop with a not overly accurate track pad. So I find my cursor goes further left than I mean it to and out pops the menu bar. As I've quickly clicked (thinking I'm selecting a tweet), I find I have actually chosen another menu option and get taken elsewhere.

        If it only happened very occasionally it wouldn't be so bad, but it does happen a lot.

        It would be good to have the option of whether to click the menu bar for it to expand.

      • @Malvenue@Malvenue commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I despise the pop-out menu. I run dual monitors with Hootsuite open on the right so I can review feeds while I work on the main monitor. Every time I click on my browser then mouse back to my main monitor the window pops out and STAYS OUT, blocking my left most feed. This is extraordinarily annoying and distracting. Just put a menu button at the top like every other application in the world!

      • TrentTrent commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Perhaps just sliding it to the bottom of the window will work. The auto expand is just too close to the "Refresh All" button which is when it gets accidentally triggered.

      • baterflybaterfly commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The sidebar is hideous, distracting, takes up space and serves no good purpose. Bring back the owl!!!

      • JMJM commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I agree with everyone else here.. the sidebar takes up valuable column space and doesn't match the theme. It looks out of place. I also find myself accidentally hovering over it by accident causing it to expand and get in my way. Please bring back the owl or give an option of which to use.

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