An accordion is a stacked list of item references (e.g. labels or thumbnails), where each item can be "expanded" or "stretched" to reveal more content associated with that item. Typically only one item can be expanded at a time, and expanding a second item causes the last opened item to be closed.

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Fixed Sidebar with Accordions

I've been constructing a page with a fixed sidebar, that has lot of info placed into collapsed accordions.When user remains at the top of the page ,all is well, he can expand the accordions ,say 5 ...
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Horizontal Accordian on website - Best usability practices

I'm designing a website and have a section which contains two categories. These two categories work like a slider (or a horizontal accordion). The default state is the two categories are represented ...
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Which accordion Identifiers work best?

which accordion identifiers make more sense? Plus and Minus OR up & down arrow chevrons I'd be very interested to see if anyone has any analytics or proofs on these concepts. As always, ...
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Create new record and add (lengthy) details in one step? (Accordion Forms)

I was hoping to solve this data entry problem with an accordion form, but now I'm not so sure if this is the right way to do it. I am concerned that information might get lost if I place the save ...
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Multi page vs single page to complete a form? (not for ecommerce checkout)

How to create a form with ~15 fields for a buying used clothes site, single or multi page? I saw other debates & older forums, but im not still convinced. Im leaning towards one page, or maybe ...
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Are expandable/collapsable accordions in iOS an anti-pattern?

I'm trying to find examples of expandable/collapsable accordions in iOS but I cannot seem to find any. I haven't seen any official statements from Apple but it seems as if all native apps prefer menu ...
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Are there disadvantages to using an accordion instead of a carousel?

I am required to use carousels very often in our designs - sometimes as many as 4 separate carousels on a homepage. To increase engagement & conversions with website visitors (and of course ...
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Single user registration vs multiple users registration form

I'm working on a registration process and have wireframed a single user registration process (see below my wireframes). We want to promote our product and encourage users to invite others. In a first ...
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Alternative to accordion for large search filters?

In theory, using an accordion to minimize screen height of search filters is a good idea, but it seems that our target users completely overlook it. So, we end up with users that are unaware of the ...
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Accordion registration form - Should the user be able to go back to the previous step?

I'm working on a step by step registration form. We are exploring an accordion style approach at the moment. (Below are my wireframes.) Because we are using inline validation, the user cannot go to ...
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Expand/collapse all - Combined or separate button(s)?

Note: This isn't a question about which icons or labels to use. It's purely about usability. So, I have a page with expandable panels and I want to add a button to expand/collapse all panels. Now, I ...
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Expand / collapse all buttons above accordion

I have a typical accordion with 7 items that can individually expand or collapse. I want to place a collapse all and expand all button above the accordion, but it seems kinda misplaced if it is just ...
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Unlimited scrolling via an accordion

I have two panels on the right side of the search page where I am splitting it by an accordion. Now, I am struggling with is that whether we should pursue infinite scrolling or pagination in this ...
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What's wrong with +/- accordion controls?

I have to implement an accordion control in a system I'm building. Looking around, most people are suggesting using arrows for the control. However, to me a plus and a minus seems far more intuitive. ...
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Keep accordion open or closed?

I am working on a mobile website, and was just wondering is it better UI to keep accordions opened or closed. So when users switch from one accordion to the other, should the first one close ...
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Popover or accordion for data editing

I am developing a UI for a web app and don't know to decide between a popover and an accordion patterns. Basically what I have is a list of of sentences, some of them have an item which users should ...
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Usability of nested accordions

I have seen some interface designs that nest accordions that show/hide information at more than one level of hierarchy. The example show also uses both vertical and horizontal hierarchies to add ...
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Which is more intuitive to open content when the arrow is on the right, arrow pointing in or out

When looking an expandable panel, such as those which one might find in an accordion and considering the situation where the arrow is positioned on the right hand side of the element which is to open, ...
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How to display save/cancel actions in an accordion

I'm in the middle of designing a setup flow and have decided to go for an accordion paradigm (due to the large amount of steps, using tabs would result in tab overflow in mobile devices). Upon ...
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Conventions for expanding accordions

It seems like there is a lot of variations and confusions about the control element used to expand and collapse panels or sections of a page. I believe some refer to it as a 'twistie' and others call ...
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Accordions or anchor links for grouped content?

I am torn between 2 UI patterns for how to present text content that is broken up into large chunks. This is a pattern I'd like to use across the site, so it could be for things like FAQs as well as ...
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Accordian anchor click vs header click

jQueryUI Accordion opens and collapses when the header is clicked: http://jqueryui.com/accordion/ Twitter Bootstrap accordion opens and collapses when the anchor tag inside the header is clicked: ...
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What's the most preferred navigation type?

I'm creating a website for streaming music, viewing lyrics, music videos, photos, artists, reviews, news, etc. I've been wondering, what do users like best? I've been caught between a basic drop ...
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What is an alternative for a horizontal accordion?

I currently have a vertical accordion in my design that is working for me. I have a potentially large number of top level items that I can load on-demand, and each accordion section has probably 10 ...
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Sidebar UX improvements

Dear UI Experts, What are the best ways which I can improve this sidebar. I feel like its too bold and maybe its good UX wise. I want to know what it lacks visual wise and UX wise. This is an ...
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Should I use accordions within a multistep form?

Am looking into crafting an accordion for a multistep form. Like the idea of a single page walkthrough that provides anticipation (ie. what's about to come) and affirmation (ie. what's happened), but ...
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Should the link in search results open the page in a specific state - e.g. with accordion open or with modal open?

I recently found a great write-up about SEO and anchored links . In particular, I found the following to be very helpful: For longer or more complex pages, search engines frequently create ...
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How Do I Show a Static List of Countries Without Using an Accordion?

I make a new web application. My web application shows the Country property with an accordion. I want to find a new way for showing this data. Because all countries, amounting to 190, is a lot of ...
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Positioning the Open/Close Caret

While most of the more recent examples I've seen around the Web seem to prefer placing an open/close carat icon before its corresponding menu/selection label, there seems to be no standard on whether ...
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Alternatives for accordion when displaying a long list of subject/descriptions

I'm helping someone improve a website where they are currently using a JQuery UI accordion to display a long list of commands, revealing what they do when clicked. ...
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Accordions to View More Content

I'm auditing a site and came across a section that has a list of core attributes for the organization. On load, the first one is open, and then the rest expand whe you click/tap, with whatever one ...
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Listing of a schedule/itinerary

I've searched for the discussion about tabs and accordion and the differences between them. I'm currently designing a layout for an application displaying the itinerary for a holiday/vacation. I'm ...
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Best way to indicate a new cycle (of a set of actions)

I'm building a feature where the user is asked to send customized messages to their friends. The process involves two steps: Selecting a friend (will have autocomplete / suggestions) Selecting ...
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Expandable\accordion table row example [closed]

I would like to to present the users with a set of data, in a table\grid and when they click on a row, instead of taking them to another page with a form, to expand the row (like accordion) and show ...
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Is an accordion worse than a grid?

I am building an author site for myself, and would like to display, for each book, the cover image, the title and an enticing blurb, and links to (say) four other books that might be of interest. ...
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Mobile navigation

A responsive approach has been taken to the current project I am working on. It is a corporate website with 3 levels of navigation. Attached is an example of the solution I have come up with for drop ...
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How should you show that an accordion is expanded?

When you have an accordion, you need some way of showing the current state is expanded. There are a number of different ways of handling this, and each is used by a number of respected websites and ...
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Would it be a good or poor user experience if I guide users through a wizard and not let them see it again?

I'm currently designing the UX for an event travel site. It starts off with the organizer registering and then it goes right into the "wizard" where it functions like an accordion -- broken up into a ...
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Accordion Menu or Static Menu Options for Touch Screen optimization

I'm in the process of redesigning dialog menus for our application. The biggest reason is to make the application touch friendly. But these menus will be used in both touch and mouse environments. ...
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What is the name for the horizontal tabs expanding / contracting kind of navigation?

Can somebody tell me if there is a name for this kind of tab navigation implementation?
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Is there a proper name for the accordion-like stacked panels?

Essentially, it's a collection of panels, stacked towards the top. Each can be expanded or collapsed on its own. When a header is expanded, the headers below it "stick" to its bottom. This is in ...
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Accordion in a webapp - Should I allow more than one open?

I have several long forms in my web application. I thought about using an accordion design to save unused space in the form (The form is already split into several sections) download bmml ...
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Should I leave white space inside accordion?

I'm building some web editor for charts and decided to group various independent chart options inside accordion. A question poped up about whitespace inside contents of some accordion panes. Basically ...
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Navigation design pattern for showing current state

I'm looking for a high-level navigation design pattern that will also show the current navigational state. (Ex: Dashboard, invoices, settings, etc...) I am currently planning on using an accordion ...
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Best way to make user complete each accordion of content

I have a page with a number of accordions on the page that are used to group certain items together and take up less screen space. I want the user to know to have to go through each accordion to ...
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Accordion or drop down menus?

I am in middle of a confusion, where I am not able to choose between accordion menus and drop down menus? I have a menu of links, just the way I have shown in below Wire frame. [Learning Apps] On ...
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Configuration form with multiple steps

I am working on converting a winforms application to WPF. So, we are also trying to make sure this is good from a UX point of view in the process. I have a configuration form that I am not sure if I ...
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When is it bad practice to use an accordion control?

I've been using Accordion controls in many design situations... I find them useful for: Progressive disclosure of long wizards (reduces number of pages) Questionnaires where you want to be able to ...
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What is the correct usage for toggling triangle icons (down/up) on a click-to-reveal link?

I'm working on a UI where users can toggle a button to show or hide a div. On the 1st click, the div appears below the button with a slide-down effect. On 2nd click, the div slides up to hide. ...
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Category and tagging organization

Background Looking to present tagged recipes (edit: that users have tagged themselves on their own recipes) in a way that makes them easy to find. All tags are automatically categorized; recipes may ...