An action is a method or process by which something is achieved by a user. Actions are usually associated with controls, which allow the user to complete an action by operating the control. Examples of actions include interactions such as clicking, swiping or dragging, or more complex processes like ...

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Save, Favorite or Star?

I'm working on a job app and I would like to offer our user the possibility to save a job and let them find it quickly later. First I thought using a star icon to let them "star" a job like starring ...
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Why don't mobile apps have a 'close' button?

I'm a fairly new user of Android and i'm annoyed by the fact that almost all apps lack a "close" button. Is there any reason why developers don't make such an option?
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What text should be used for an insertion button? “Create”, “New” or “Add”?

Whenever I have been designing interfaces, I always wonder if I should name the button Create, New or Add. I have never decided and stuck with one and would like to get an explanation on what use ...
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Should I use something else instead of “Dismiss”?

We have a notification system for users at poeditor.com that looks like this: Once the user clicks "Dismiss", the notification is hidden and it doesn't bother the user again until the next ...
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Why does Stack Exchange require you to click to be turned down? [duplicate]

On any Stack Exchange site you can't vote for your own question. So, Why does it give you the option, and then reject your vote? Would it not be better just not to have the option? This way they are ...
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How to avoid repetitive actions in table rows?

We have a table with data and actions on each row like so: Name Email Description Actions James james@gmail.com Desc 1 Edit Export ...
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Color of destructive primary button

In our app we use green buttons to signify primary actions (located on the right, but that's a whole different discussion) and grey buttons to denote secondary actions ('Cancel'). For example: The ...
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Best way to show many user actions for table rows?

I currently have a table which shows a row for each created form a user has. For some users this will only be 1 or 2 items. For others, they'll have 40-50. For every form there are many actions ...
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From the perspective of an UI (or user), what is an atomic action?

I am creating a lot of UIs that contain multiple levels of objects. An example would be for instance a purchase order. A purchase order has information regarding the order itself, but it also contains ...
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What is the best way to display edit/delete actions on a row?

I am building a web application that deals with a lot of tables/lists of records. I am currently building an "AJAX edit-in-place" feature, so that you can edit a record while being on the same page. ...
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Is it wrong to have your primary actions in red?

We're using red as the colour for primary Actions. This can be in the form of a button. In terms of usability, what are the downsides. Are there any upsides at all? An example for using red coloured ...
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Multiple primary actions

I'm designing a modal popup which consists of a form where the user can fill a textarea with a comment, and a set of buttons that represent the primary and secondary actions the user can take. A ...
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Dropdown select or Dropdown select + button?

There seems to be two contradicting conventions on web applications. One is that a Dropdown-control also is an action button, meaning that when a user selects an item in the Dropdown control, an event ...
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Showing the status of an action on a button

I have an application that can synchronize content between a website and a social network. with a button you can turn on and off the synchronization. the user needs to see the status (sync on or off) ...
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How to disambiguate 'delete' and 'disable' actions in a tabular interface

I have a table with a long list of rows. You can perform multiple actions on these rows, some might be Edit and Delete. I want to add a Disable action, but I'm concerned that users won't understand ...
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How to alert the user about action required after form submission?

I'm working with an enrollment form for a prepaid card right now. In certain situations (when the user doesn't provide a social security number) the user will need to send a copy of their ID to the ...
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Is it ok to have command links or buttons within a step on a wizard?

I have a scenario whereby the user needs to perform an action after entering some information within a step on a wizard. Can this action be initiated with a command on the step in order to reduce the ...
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Good wording to indicate Export and Download action?

I have run into this issue with a few web apps: There is a page that displays some data, and the user needs to have the ability to retrieve a file of the same data (typically as an Excel spreadsheet). ...
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Should actions that leave your app require confirmation?

Our app has a 'Facebook' button that opens another user's facebook profile. Based on the assumptions that: most people who network also have higher facebook privacy settings, and also people who use ...
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How to display a distinction between actions which affect the 'real world' vs. actions that affect only the information in the application?

I have the following challenge: I'm designing a web application that is supposed to manage IT components. Meaning - when the user creates an IT component in the application or updates an existing ...
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Best design for 'undo' in rich web apps?

I'm wondering what is the best UI pattern to allow users to 'undo' an action in a rich web application? Background: Before you say 'just use the Back button', please read this article which does a ...
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Action menu placement for bulk actions in a grid

I have been playing with an idea of placing a bulk action drop down menu for a grid/table in the header of the column where the selections are done. This is to save some precious space above the table ...
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Two actions in a single row : iPhone

I need some suggestions about a single row with multiple actions. I need to give two actions for single row, refer the attached image: Details Like History about access for the contact Is this ...
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Why do almost all public Wi-Fi's force you to press a button on a website before you can use it?

Almost all public Wi-Fi's I have encountered require you to press a button on a webpage (or even make an account), before you can use it. But one time it was just "To use our Wi-Fi, just press the ...
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Should clicking on a checkbox and a table row produce different actions?

I'm working on an implementation of a "checkbox grid" in ExtJS. It's just a table with a checkbox on each row, and the user can act on multiple items at once. There's a simple version of what it ...
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Are buttons perceived as rectangles first?

Yesterday I ran into a discussion with my coworkers because after setting our app high fidelity prototype to a real user testing, we noticed that they barely saw the top nav action button which we ...
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Framework or plugin for tracking user actions on a web application

I've been working for a while on various proof-of-concept applications for social network privacy, which I've evaluated for publication with various user studies. Is there a useful, free, framework ...
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How to differentiate between dismiss and delete

Our system creates some records and have a review screen that lets the user see what was created. We would like to allow two actions in that screen: Delete - remove the records completely, with no ...
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Financial actions and two click confirmation - two buttons vs checkbox+button

I'm trying to decide how to display a confirmation for some super important actions. The two options I'm trying to pick from are: After clicking the first confirmation button, it'll be replaced by ...
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Should input be accepted after confimation (or other actions)

I often find myself in the following workflow: Enter user name Enter password Click "OK" (or enter key) Wait for response Discover the checkbox next to OK-button Think: "Bugger! It would be nice to ...
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Table Comments and Actions

I have a table where one column is a 'Comment' section with a textarea where users can add a comment and save it for that row. I'm trying to think of the best way to implement this. There are a ...
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Using hyperlinks for navigation and commands on the same page

I am working on a government web application. We have specified in the style guide that buttons will be used for primary actions and other secondary actions within the page will use hyperlinks. There ...
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Inline actions vs grouped actions

I have a page with a number of different lists on it. Each list has the option to add a new entry. Would it be better to have the actions in a separate 'action area' or position them close to the list ...
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Automatically advancing to the next screen after processing completion

I have a screen that downloads videos from a website to the users' disk. Once it has completed downloading should I automatically switch to a screen that displays the videos or should I just enable a ...
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How to order call to actions (view, edit, delete) in a horizontal row?

I have a table with multiple rows of data. The last column of this data table contains a group of icons representing actions a user can perform on that row of data. Actions include: View, Print, Edit, ...
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Primary secondary actions - applicable in this case?

I'm working on a ui for a page in an application that is essentially an image library. The mocku shown below is the page the user sees when they have performed a search for items to update in bulk (by ...
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Action button in home screen (mobile)

I have an app that provide the functionality to create two different concepts: "Rooms" and "Conversations". I need to place two buttons, one for each, in home page of the app. I think that is very ...
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Showing progress towards a two-step goal

I have a lightly interesting problem in that I need a system for awarding a t-shirt after two actions are taken. The two actions can happen anywhere within a 12 month span. It feels like overkill to ...
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Buttons for a process with multiple or optional parts/stages/segments

What is/are the best UI practices for a process that has 2+ stages or optional segments? And how does the amount of stages, and the popularity or likely use affect the layout? For example, if I want ...
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How to design a change state action

My application manages a few types of entities, each of them has its own workflow. For example - a task entity workflow will look something like this: (this is a functional/logical drawing, this is ...
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Providing multiple paths/flows for the same Action

We are developing a complex platform with heavy functionality, and I am having a dilemma, concerning whether or not to add a button for the same functionality one-step earlier in the User Flow. As ...
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Opposite actions combined in one split button

For the interface I'm working on, users can mark certain rows as "Verified", but they also have the option of marking them "Unverified". To do this, they select several rows by clicking on checkboxes ...
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Using black for CTA

I've recently design a website for a client, and at some point he was talking about the Call to action color and he said "I really want to move away from colors. Can we use black please?". I've made ...
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How do you show feedback if a user's action effects something in a different space?

If user's action effects something in a different space, what are some intuitive ways to illustrate this to the user without taking them out of their workflow? Right now when a user acts on the item, ...
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Actions through buttons and alternative ideas

In the following image, you can see a screenshot of the current look of a "Contacts" panel I created. In the area I have highlighted (bottom) there are two buttons to add and remove contacts ...
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How to signify swiping to access a menu?

So I'm designing a notes app for iPhone and I've hit some trouble. I can't figure out how to signify swiping to access more actions. Similar to what Mailbox does (see image below) however there will ...
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Separating actions on items from general actions in a toolbar

Rearranging an existing toolbar of ours, I would like to separate between types of action buttons. General actions that applies to the system, e.g. Settings, List actions that applies to the entire ...
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where team members are out of scope of a step should they be excluded or listed with 'no action required' message?

Managers need to complete certain activities throughout the year for their team members. In some circumstances managers do not need to complete any activities for a member of their team (e.g. the ...
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Appropriate icon for: Activate [closed]

In an application were developing there is a window containing a table holding 2-5 rows. A metaphor for the context could be that the table identifies a gearbox of a car and each row is a gear in the ...
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Animations on action buttons as a progress indicator

Are there examples of using animations on actions buttons to indicate that the action triggered by the user is in progress? Is it better to apply a modal or lightbox effect to block out other actions ...