When I am doing anything in a layout, for example when I change an appearance property on a feature layer within a map frame, the ribbon jumps back to the layout ribbon. To get back to where I was (say to change the font color again) I need to select the item I was working on before to bet back to ribbon. This is seriously slowing down my workflow.
I understand that if a layout is the main focus, the user would want to go back and do another layout thing like insert a scalebar, but this workflow is useful, editing the map while the layout is open. My workaround is to jump over and make these changes in the map view the map frame references.
It would be great if I could get this same behavior (ie not lose my ribbon with every little map change) by activating the map frame.