Buttons perform an action or activity in a software solution. Use this tag for questions about how buttons should be placed, styled, aligned or used to express their purpose and facilitate their operation.

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Where should I place this “continue shopping” button?

I working on the design of an ecommerce site and I was confused about the ideal placement for a continue shopping button when the user is presented with his cart page. I have three buttons on my page ...
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Positioning a secondary button within a form group with fields of varying widths

I have a simple form like so: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups The SMTP settings have a bunch of fields, so the field group is quite long. Some fields have ...
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Language switch graphical state current-language/available-languages

I'm building a website in two languages English/French. Most of the pages of the website are available in both languages. There is a switch (two flags) on top of the header of the website that ...
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other wording for a Select button?

I have multiple Select buttons next to player's names in order for a user to choose which player they want in a game. A user can't just click on a player's name because that gives additional stats, ...
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Should the user be able to press disabled buttons on a touch screen?

I'm designing a touchscreen app and there are certain scenarios when the server cannot be reached, a printer is disabled, etc. that will disable a button (like the print button). My question is: if ...
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Is there a generally accepted icon for the “Submit” button? [closed]

I'm developing an Android application that presents the user with a search form, then presents a list of matching results after the query has been submitted. The results will be displayed on a ...
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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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What menu strip items and other controls deserve their own icon?

I'm creating an application which has buttons and menu strips everywhere. I have icons for nearly object (from icons to menu strips). The problem is, I want my application to be professional and ...
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Best Place for a Back Button on a 7" Tablet Menu

I'm currently building the interface of an Android Tablet digital restaurant menu. The user is going to be able to navigate between categories and dishes lists and navigate back as well. I'm finding ...
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Which colors would best convey 3 difficulty levels?

I'm making a baby toy/game to learn numbers and I have a menu with 3 buttons. The first button enters "learn mode", the second button is an easy quiz, and the third button is a medium quiz. Are there ...
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Best Practices: Location of close button in a modal [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the important aspect to consider when deciding where windows interaction buttons should be placed? I've been seeing a lot of modal windows lately, some which ...
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Should the “reset” option be a button or a link in crm?

I'm having to make the page as it was in the initial state, and this includes having a form reset link or button. Should the reset be a button or a link?
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Choosing between a default option and an occasional alternative action

I have an Outlook macro at work which pops up a panel every time you send an email, asking whether you'd like to file that email into various public folders. This is useful and we use it all the time ...
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Two-Step Operations and Button Conventions

Our web application has three different operations that proceed as follows: The user is presented with a popup where different settings are selected. The user can click on a button labeled with the ...
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Should we show/hide/disable functional buttons based on state? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should disabled options ever be hidden? I'm currently working with a project team that has a requirement to make additional reports/data available to end-users with a ...
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Buttons for showing None, Some or All of list

I have a set of list headings eg. List One (24) List Two (34) etc. and I want to start with them collapsed, but allow the user to view the first 10, or expand to view all. So, I have setup so the ...
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The missing “Folder Up” button in Windows Explorer in Vista and Win7

Windows XP had a "Folder Up" button in Windows Explorer. Whenever you want to go to a directory higher in the hierarchy, you just press it. Windows Vista and Windows 7 have a rather useful address ...
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close button on the left or right side? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the important aspect to consider when deciding where windows interaction buttons should be placed? From a ux point of view, does it make a difference if the ...
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Is it worth using '>>' or similar marks on buttons?

I'm preparing wireframes for a huge company, and wondering if I should use '>>' or simply '>' on buttons for emphasis! (if yes which?) What do you think? Or do you have any other idea, how to ...
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A button with a link: understandable or confusing?

I'm working on a design of a touchscreen version of some web application. Since it's a touchscreen I would like all clickable elements to be rather big and easy to tap (it's a simple kiosk, so ...
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Presenting options in tools where users can have two (or more) different roles

Applications where clients & contractors actions (such as odesk and elance) are displayed in the same dashboard can get confusing. These sites sometimes overcome this by stating: Click here ...
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iPad specific button UX question (rating/feedback interaction system)

TL;DR : how would you design better buttons than my 5 buttons for "I disagree" / Neutral / "I agree" feedback ? I am doing an iPad application used by participants of an event during a presentation, ...
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Follow button change text after click

im making an app that has a follow button for events. i would like to indicate how many followers there are but have limited room. what are your thoughts on the following: any ideas or suggestions? ...
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Inactive State of buttons, to hide or not to hide…that is the question

On a windows based LOB application for data capturing. Is it better to hide a button completely when it is inactive, or simply show a disabled state for the button.
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how to indicate to click on title for more information

im designing an app and am having trouble indicating to the user to click on the business name('candys' in this case) for more information. clicking shows details like contact details, website etc. ...
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How do you show non-affordance?

There is a tendency to use badges or status images to show information, but very often these badges look like other items which you interact with, such as buttons. There is a lot of information on ...
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What cues signal an unchecked state?

The key action on a page is selecting "I'm in" (meaning "I'm committed", which can also be deselected). The logical choice of controls is a checkbox: [ ] I'm in I'd like to give this action ...
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Should a flash message be used for toggle buttons that perform actions immediately?

I have a simple interface for managing a user's account in a web app. Clicking each button in the interface performs the action immediately: download bmml source – Wireframes created with ...
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Proper term for conjoined choice buttons

I'm thinking of using a set of "conjoined choice buttons" to let the user filter a table of highscores. It would look sort of like this: _______________________________ ( ##EVERYONE##| FRIENDS | ...
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Why do most dashboards use capital words?

Most car manufacturers seem to use ALL CAPS for the interiors's buttons and switches, at least when they are not using symbols. Example: They even use capitals for things that are not even ...
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Confirmation styles: Dialog window vs. two stage/dropdown buttons

To better illustrate my question, here's a quick example. When the user is attempting an action that would typically require some sort of confirmation (such as deleting a record) would it be ...
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Is a layout with '3D' elements easier to parse?

Contemporary web applications favor designs that make heavy use of shadows and gradients to create the effect of 3D elements. One justification for this practice is that 3D effects can be used to ...
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What toggle button should represent - state or action? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should a toggle button show its current state or the state to which it will change? I know there was similar question to mine already, but I have something new to ask. I ...
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A button with choices

I have list of buttons that can be pressed or unpressed individually (like checkbox functionality). Some of the buttons can also have some attributes (+ or -), but it's uncommon to select those ...
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Alternatives to checkboxes and radio buttons in web-based surveys?

I've been tasked with designing a simple questionnaire design with a lot of different types of questions. I've been taking a lot of web-based surveys myself as well as testing some with users. The ...
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Action buttons placement related to data tables

Background Over the course of the last few months on common element shared between a large number of internal development teams, is the need to provide functionality on a data table. Once of the ...
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Placement of Previous and Next Buttons? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Button order Save | Save and next | Cancel | Previous I have a Form widget with Five Step. Steps 2-3-4 having previous and next and cancel button. Step 1 having next and ...
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How should I label a button which submits a form to start planning an event?

I have a simple form asking for this basic information: title, location, date, description, your name, invitees When the button is clicked the event is created and invite emails go out to all the ...
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Is it time to reevaluate what keys keyboards should have?

I just got my Google I/O Chromebook and one of the most interesting things about the keyboard layout is that certain keys have been replaced by Google with new ones that are more relevant for an ...
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“Clear all” button history

Has anybody ever used "Clear All" button on the page? Maybe someone know the history of this "magic" UI component. I opened my eyes after this answer.
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Designing a timer widget: separate start/stop buttons or only one button with changing text “start” or “stop”

I'm programming an application to measure time intervals. The application contains several timers on one screen. Only one of these timers can run at once. My initial design has a start button and a ...
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Should you have rollover on a button?

download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups This particular product has a couple of buttons. When you rollover them they pop up megamenus from which you can make ...
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How to layout buttons/bars alongside a dynamically sized table?

I have a table of data with a dynamic number of rows. It could have none, one, or a hundreds. The width is fixed across the web page and it has a fixed number of columns: 9. Along with this I ...
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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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Best position for collapse indicator on collapsible content

What is the convention/standard/best-practice for the placement of a collapse/expand button/indicator on collapsible content? I've seen many examples of the placement on the left (left of title in ...
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One button or two?

I've got a web app where users can create two different kinds of similar things and I'm trying to decide whether to have two buttons, or one button and then present a choice as part of the resulting ...
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iPad cancel button in multiple line fields

I have a text field that starts out as one line and can sometimes expand to multiple lines. When it's one line I'd like to have a cancel button in it like this: (Enter text here X), but I'm not ...
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good reason/guideline/heuristic/principle, according to GUI design pattern, to align maximise, minimise and close button on the left side in Ubuntu

Since Ubuntu 10.04 (and maybe some other Linux versions), we sometimes see the maximize, minimize and close buttons on the: left side: and sometimes on the right side: . So, can someone explain ...
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Which is a good color for a pause button?

We have an application with a built-in stopwatch. If the stopwatch is running the pause button is shown and if it is stopped the play button is shown. Currently the stopwatch itself as well as the ...
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Should I use a close button or use toggle for a button?

I have a mobile website, which shows entries by a user. The entries' style is similar to that of twitter entries or facebook entries. So along with each entries, if the user had entered some comments, ...