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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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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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 ...
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Forward and back buttons for navigating through images

I have a window with forward and back buttons in the navigation area above the image view. The left one is forward and the right one is back. When the view is first opened, it display the newest ...
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Should touch-screen simple informational dialogs have an OK button?

I am developing an android application which has quite a few dialogs that just contain text and an 'OK' button. Pressing the 'OK' button loses the dialog, as does pressing the 'back' button on the ...
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What should be done when user leaves a web page either by clicking the browser back button, closes tab or F5?

I noticed in SharePoint 2010 publishing pages that the page content is being saved if user clicks the browser back button or closes browser tab without warning him if he needs to save content or not? ...
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Mobile App Back Button Placement

I am building a mobile application that uses a button to launch the navigation menu (much like the Path or Facebook interface). I also want to add a back button. The standard seems to be to place ...
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Back button (or similar) and breadcrumbs, or just breadcrumbs

Should a website that keeps track of 'Breadcrumbs' need to provide a back button, or similar means of returning to the parent page on each 'subpage'? To give a visual example: Here is my main page ...
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Android back button - Global history back, or menu back?

On the Android, is the expected action of the back button to navigate backward through menus, or does it just go "back" to the previous screen you came from? I don't have an Android device to sample ...
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Back Button Color in iOS

Why exactly is it that I'm not finding very many examples of a Back button being different color from the app background? Is there somekind of a rule in place? I proposed using a black Back button ...
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Do users understand the browser back button?

You hear a lot about not breaking the back button on websites, but can you assume that most users know and use the back button? Is it redundant to add a JavaScript or HTML back button/link on a page? ...
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Disabling the browser's back button in multi-page forms

We're having this internal debate where some people think that the user shouldn't use the browser's "back" button when filling a multi-page form (for security reasons), and that the whoever hits the ...