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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How does a 3d shading impact circular button use?

I recently ran across a circular smiley icon with lambertian shading, specular shading, and cast shadows. The effect was a little like a ball on a table. Here it is: Clicking the icon toggled an ...
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Is it ok to make non-unlikable like button? [closed]

Is it OK with facebook policies to make a "like" button that will disappear for user when he use it? If not - is there some other button that can be placed in other site (not on facebook) that will ...
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exclusive select in a table: radio button, rowclick, text only, text and icon, or icon?

If you have a table where each row can be selected, and you are only allowed to select one row at a time, and selecting a row causes a drill-down table to appear to the side, how would you render ...
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How can I distinguish two different types of buttons, without using labels everywhere?

I'm developing an application to count traffic at intersections. There will be two different types of buttons: one to count trucks ("lkw" is the german abbreviation for a truck) one to count cars ...
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Disabled buttons while long running task

My application has a toolbar and a lot of buttons on it. Some buttons start a long running processes(tasks). At this moment every task executes asynchronously to allow user to do something else while ...
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Price plan table with multiple payment options

I have a pricing plan table with multiple payment options. I'm not sure whether it is best to place the pricing options in a drop-down (and fire off the submit on the "onchange" event) or simply have ...
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How Can Buttons Be Used Even When Lightboxes Are Activated?

We have a Help button in the header of our product, directly next to the Log Out button. We also have modal lightboxes that, when activated, grey-out the buttons in the header, even though they are ...
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Better label for this menu button

On this page, at the top, is a row of menu buttons. The leftmost of these buttons: carries the label "table config." Under the button, the user can (1) change the font size and spacing of rows and ...
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Difference between 'modify' and 'edit' buttons

Is there a difference between the words 'modify' and 'edit'? I am creating a form that will allow users to make changes to their order - what should the call to action button name be - 'edit your ...
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Where to put a global “add item” button?

We're adding a global "Add new X" button to our application (it will show a CRUD form for an activity, the fundamental "thing" in our app). We want it to be clickable from anywhere in the application ...
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What's the common name for this button?

I'm trying to find out what is the way to call this kind of button: To be precise, I'm talking about a button which acts like a regular one for most of its area, but has also a "more" area, ...
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Should I style my buttons?

Are there any major advantages / disadvantages in styling ones buttons like Facebook, Twitter and StackExchange - vs. not styling them like Craigslist and 4chan?
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Web Based Portal Dashboard - the age old button vs link

I'm very aware and in agreement with the buttons for actions and links for navigation practice but I have come stuck on this design. It is an internal company portal, and this is the dashboard for ...
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Links or button to open a modal window over a datatable

I work in a usability team and in our applications we allways use links to open new pages (navigation), and a buttons to do an action, submit a form, for instance. But now we face a dilema: we have a ...
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Making buttons easier to read

Sometime ago I found an article about making buttons, or what is written on the buttons more readable. Not so much by design but by what was written on them. For example. Not so good ...
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Should a button become lighter or darker on hover?

We're having a discussion in the office about whether a button should become lighter or darker when a user hovers over it. Here are some examples from the field: Apple "Buy Now" button (Second is ...
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Are Flat Buttons Unusable?

What is your experience with the usability of flat buttons? The common critique against those buttons is that people can't distinguish them, and they only look like headlines with a background. But ...
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Is consistent button positioning more important than having large buttons?

In our kiosk app, the buttons to proceed are placed on the right of each screen. In one of our input screens, the designer doesn't have enough space to place the button on the right while keeping the ...
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Alternative way to display too many buttons

I'm working with a user who wants to have everything at a push of the button. When viewing a record, he wants big buttons across the top of the screen to return to the search, return to the search ...
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Actionable form element size

I am not a UI designer by any means. I have noticed in the last year or two that important buttons/links...etc on many websites now have very big click zones. I must say that I appreciate it, as ...
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What are the rules of using ellipsis on buttons

I read about the rules of using ellipsis (three dots ...) in a menu command: Indicate a command that needs additional information (including a confirmation) by adding an ellipsis at the end of ...
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Placement of Buttons in Touch Screen Scenario

I am working on a Mobile Application primarily for Android Platform. The Application will have a lot of screens which will take user input and we need to have a save and cancel button for them. ...
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Is that Microphone or a Reset Button?

Have you ever poked a microphone thinking that is was a reset/eject button (the kind that require a paper clip to be used)? Why have companies (apparently) completely overlooked the need for a label? ...
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What should be the label/name of the button?

I have two sections in a user interface - "Top section" and "Bottom section" "Bottom section" - is a data grid with at least 100 rows x 100 columns. I guess the requirement is that when we change a ...
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What design should I use to represent multi-touch video controls?

I am creating app for multitouch devices which has big screen (22 inches and more). It would be application for presenting content (mainly video content) to people who would be passed through the room ...
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What is the name of the button that lead to a login and register page (one page)?

I have a page that serve both login and register. I put the two form side by side (login form to the left, register form to the right). In menu header, there would normally be button that lead to ...
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An alternative to the Feedback side tab/peeking tab [closed]

I am trying to build a feedback widget similar to UserVoice or Get Satisfaction for my site. However, I do not want to use that same side tab button opener that they use. I am trying to think of ...
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Form validation and 'Save' button color

I'm displaying input validations on my form with a (!) (a white exclamation sign inside a red circle). Is it ok to make the Save button red (not as violently red as the circle, but some soft red ...
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Fixed Feedback button on the side of LEFT or RIGHT side of the window?

My start up [WEBSITE] is going to be launching in private beta soon and we're trying to decide where our feedback button/tab should go. We've looked at how UserVoice does theirs (bottom right) and ...
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A keyboard for developers? [closed]

Being a software developer, the keyboard is the most important tool to interact with the computer. Thus, the layout and placement of buttons is very essential. Especially the grouping of the ...
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Can I use “Prev” instead of “Previous” on a button?

We use Next/Previous buttons as controls in our image gallery. I'm in the process of implementing responsive design, so there is a limited amount of space that I can be used for these buttons. I'm ...
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How should I resolve the issue of smaller tappable area due to smaller buttons on iPad mini?

Now that iPad mini has been released, is there anything an UI designer needs to look out for? I understand that the resolution and screen ratio remains the same, and I've been hearing that no change ...
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Do users use Home or Back button to minimize their Android app?

I want to know if there's resarch on to what extent users use the Home button or the Back button when they want to minimize the app. I am very well aware that the "correct" way is to use the Home ...
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Why don't applications explain reason for greyed-out icons/menu options? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Don’t hide or disable menu items? I think applications should explain why an option of clickable icon is greyed-out i.e. not selectable or not active. For example a ...
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When to include an Apply button?

In a dialogue box, when do you use an Apply button? Is it correct to assume that the Apply button will only save the changes without closing the dialogue? Does it represent an advantage? Why is ...
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One button or two for sign up and log in?

What do you think? Should sign up and log in links be split into two buttons or is it OK to have them in one? N.B.: sign up form and log in form are on the same page. Thx, Alex
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Testing OK/Cancel buttons

Related: OK/Cancel on left/right? I have been looking in to whether OK/Cancel should be on left or right, and after looking at lots of views on each side it seems there are good reasons for both. I ...
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Buttons replacing a link for a consistent style

In general, I use buttons for ajax calls that update the UI but am thinking whether a button is a good metaphor for links also. I am using Twitter Bootstrap. Not a designer by trade and would like any ...
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Tooltip Verbage: “This will prevent changes” vs “Currently allowing changes”

I have a series of inputs used to allocate a large budget into smaller groups. Once a group is changed, the rest would auto-complete with the remaining budget percentage. We would like to be able to ...
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Hover state for Step-based navigation

I'm stumped on figuring out what the proper hover state for a step-based navigation workflow should be. The navigation appears below. There are 3 states. Completed, Active, and Not-Yet-Completed. The ...
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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 ...