The back button is a ubiquitous control in browsers (and occasionally operating systems) for navigation back through previously visited pages. Typically when clicked it takes the user to the previous document in the browser's history.

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iPhone app - Persistent hamburger menu vs last page visited

I'm wondering which option is best for an iPhone app using a hamburger menu (placed at the top left): The menu is persistent on every single page even when the user goes to a sub-level. When the ...
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Should a web-based UI rely on the browser back button?

The back button is a great "get out of a flow's dead end" option that browsers provide. Should a UI rely on the back button as the only method to allow a user to get to the previous page or should the ...
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Back breaking sites

What's the reason that so many site these days "break" my back button experience? Even stack does this: I read a question expand the comments, scroll to the first answer, follow a link, decide I'm ...
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Back button label

What should be the label written next to a back button? Should it be the current activity or the activity the button would take us to? Take facebook's mobile website for an example- The label says, ...
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Should the previous popup message appear again if the user clicks the back button?

Suppose the user receives a popup (modal) message for successful task, then clicks the back button on the browser. Should the modal popup message appear again even though the user hasn't performed ...
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Navigation drawer and hardware back button: when on root level, exit app or go back?

I have an Android app with several different categories that the user can navigate between using navigation drawer. These categories have drill down views that replace the hamburger icon with a ...
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Do we still need to add custom back buttons to our design?

I am building a website and I have a very light navigation. However within the navigation the user can go a level deeper without the navigation tab changing. My question is for the user to get back ...
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How to reduce user confusion between my “Undo” button and Android's Back button?

My Android app has an Undo button in the action bar: Many users are confused between this Undo button and Android's hardware Back button (which exits the activity). Even I sometimes press the wrong ...
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Mailbox date picker back/cancel logic

I'm building a similar date picker option to the Mailbox one. I'm arguing with friends about their UX logic for returning from screenshot two to screenshot one. This is their main date picker screen: ...
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Android App - placing elements close to android nav (back button and co)

I want to place a element (which can be often used) on the bottom left corner of my app but i'm not sure if it's a good ui choice. this app will run on IOS, desktop and android devices but it will be ...
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Should a form's back button save the data entered before navigating backwards

I have a five page form: 3 data entry pages, a confirmation, and an submission success page. I am to insert a back button on the middle 3 pages, no problem. However, there is no specified behavior ...
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Multiple methods of navigating backwards from a web app's detail page

I've got a situation where there's a list, and each item in the list contains a detail page. Lets say it's a list of users in a table or something, and clicking on a user brings you to a page with ...
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Is it ok to put “undo” functionality on the back button on Android?

I am adding "undo" functionality to a small Android app that lets you edit some graph. Should I put this on the "back" button? Or somewhere else? What is the best place for this?
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Will it ever be okay for web-apps to disable the back-button?

I've been working on some extremely complex web-applications and supporting the back-button in all scenarios is non-trivial, to say the least. This is especially true when you support various devices ...
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Should a music player's previous button go back sequentially or by history?

I develop a music player for a living and I just encountered an interesting scenario. The scenario is this: 500 songs queued up to play. Song #1 is active and playing. You double-click on song ...
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Back button notification for unsaved changes

I'm working on a mobile app (hybrid using phonegap) and have a screen where the user can enter data. The screen has 2 options in the top header bar - either use the top-left button to cancel the ...
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Navigation on mobile site - menu or back button?

We have a mobile website, which is built as a single page application. We have tried to keep the back button alive by using anchors for different screens (it still feels pretty much like a paged ...
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Do average users expect the Esc key to work on websites?

I'm currently working on a fairly standard website where one page lists a series of projects - clicking on a project leads to an animation and then displays detailed info for it. I've got a back link ...
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Android back button; save or cancel?

I'm working on an Android app that has an activity where the user can add/modify an item. In the action bar at the top of the activity there is a save and cancel button. It behaves like a fullscreen ...
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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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Back button in Navigation Drawer on iOS?

Description: The Navigation Drawer pattern of Android fits my needs pretty good. The app includes several applications. Within applications there are several tabs and the user can open additional ...
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What's the Friendliest 'Back' Button?

I am designing a social intranet and I'm in need of advice for a friendly, straight-forward 'back' button. Here's the context - user lands on a home page displaying priority content. There is a menu ...
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Do good UX guidelines exist against little JS windows inside the browser

I encounter a lot of web applications that essentially implement a small windowing system inside the browser. On you web page there exist a number of little boxes that look like windows, which can be ...
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Android back button and tabs

In a recent presentation from a Google employee (Navigation anti-patterns), it states pretty directly that it's bad practice to navigate tabs using the back button (see this slide - ...
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Should I remove a back button from the UI considering every Android phone has a hardware back button?

I've published my android app where in every screen I've put a back button in the actionBar. Now considering that every android phone has a back hardware button, should I remove this button or is it ...
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close button for item details page

In the web application we're developing we have lists of items in which items can be clicked to access an item-details page. The list disappears, the browser navigates to a separate url that displays ...
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iOS sidebar menu and back button

When using a sidebar menu, it's a good practice to place a menu button on the app's "navigation" header to make it easy for the user to discover the sidebar. The menu button will be on the left, like ...
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Good idea to have back button close a modal window?

I have a request to make the browser's back button close a modal window. I think it's probably a good idea, since I think the majority of times when a user is looking at a modal window (and this is ...
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Mobile App: A Detailed View with a Fixed Top

I am working out the details on how a user can see a 'Detailed View' of something, and then navigate back to the 'List View'. This is usually simple, using the Navigation Bar in iOS or the Back ...
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Is a back button a good idea for mobile?

Is a back button a good idea for mobile? (Disregard breadcrumbs on mobile in the image - those are addressed here Breadcrumbs: OK to use on mobile site?)
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Back Button and Menu Button in Top Navigation for iOS

We want to have users navigate our app using a side menu. Once a user leaves main app pages, the menu button (in top left corner of nav) would change to a back button. However, the content of our ...
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Back button on a one page checkout

I have a one page checkout where the user proceeds through an accordion type process for personal details/shipping etc which all loads via AJAX so there is no page refresh. E.g Step 1 is personal ...
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How to navigate between item list, search and item details?

I have a hierarchy explorer-like list of folders and items. User can select one and explore its children (child folder and items): [Top folder] -> [Child folder 1] -> [Child folder 2] -> ...
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Does “Don't Break The Back Button” Apply To Web Applications?

I've read the advice, "don't break the back button" from multiple sources. For content-based browsing I agree with this 100%. Does the same advice apply to web applications? I feel that it is still ...
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Default action for the “Do you want to leave the page?” warning?

When you compose a question/answer on a StackExchange site and then navigate away before submitting it, you get a popup, warning you: (translated:) The "Leave Page" button is ...
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Navigation bar vs toolbar in iPad and related controls

I'm getting a bit confused with navigation bars and toolbars when migrating from iPhone to iPad, since toolbars in iPad seem to be moved to the top, as described in iOS Human Interface Guidelines, so ...
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Is the back button in Windows 8 apps purely chronological?

The back button is ubiquitous in Windows 8 ("Metro") apps. What exactly is its meaning? The Microsoft apps I have seen and the Visual Studio page templates use the button in a chronological manner ...
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Menu tray + Back button on mobile: any reason why this shouldn't work?

I am trying to understand if there is any issue linked to the presence on the same interface of a menu-tray icon (top nav-bar) and a back button. This design will affect both iPad and iPhone. Is ...
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Navigating a multi-part article in ios?

In my application I've got some multi-part articles, about test-driving a car. The articles are split into multiple section. I'm using this control to navigate between the sections (note: it's not ...
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Where to place the '< Back' link or button?

I am building a simple transactional site with two step process both on web and mobile (responsive). Target users both male & female age from 30-40 relatively tech savvy. First page is a ...
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Modal vs non-modal views in iPhone

I've been reading and looking at different iOS apps to design the UI for mine, and it feels like sometimes the difference between using a modal view or a non-modal view is not entirely clear... for ...
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Navigating backwards in Miller Columns

I've got a set of Miller Columns on a web application that could be wider than the page width. So this means the first level of the hierarchy might not be visible anymore. What's the most effective ...
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Do I really need a back button?

I have created a webapp which the user can see many posts on the main page. Once clicked, the window redirects to the post page. On my navbar, I have my website logo, which when clicked redirects to ...
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Custom back button in page

I had a discussion with a friend about adding a custom back button on every page in a website. What I mean by a custom back button is a link or a button, that will do just onclick="history.back();". ...
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Placement of 'Cancel/Done/Home'-Button on iPhone modal view

I have a modal view in my iPhone app including a navigation bar with two buttons on the root view controller. A a button to dismiss the screen, also not sure which title to use calling it now the ...
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Rationale behind not having infinite undo [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Undo History - Why limit it? First off, this seemed like the best spot as Undo is a de facto user interface requirement for any editing program. For school we use ...
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Where should I position a back button?

I have an individual article page; to return back to the article listing page, I'd like to use a back button. Where should a back button typically be positioned? Is it in the top left hand corner?
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Is a 'back' button needed on a web form?

I am re-designing a multi-page web form that currently contains 'back' and 'continue' buttons. I am wondering -- is the 'back' button necessary? If the user wants to go back, they will know to use ...
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Standard image for the Android back\up button

Android UI guidelines http://developer.android.com/design/downloads/index.html provide a back button image download but the button appears to be a bit different from the one used in the action bar. ...
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Kiosk and back button

I'm designing a kiosk app, we have 2 navigation elements; 1 button for the main menu and 1 for 'back'. So my question is: When should we show the back button? For example, after selecting a menu ...