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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Is it OK to use links to display GUI elements or perform actions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: HTML buttons vs hyperlinks for navigation HTML links were born to show internal or external pages, or take you to a specific page position (anchors). Now, with the ...
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Using the “X” as a close button vs a button labeled “close window” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Closing modal dialogs I'm developing a flash application that has buttons that popup a window with more text, and information when they click it. This happens throughout ...
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Layout of multi-purpose status update box

I'm building a status update box similar to the one found on Facebook and Google+. Mine will allow for multiple types of posts such as status updates, code snippets, images, projects and applications. ...
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Need a way to position a “change” and “delete” button

I am currently working on an interface for administrators to edit user profiles. Due to space constraints, I am unsure as to what's the best way to position the "Change Picture" and "Delete Picture" ...
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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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Why did they use two-stage social media sharing buttons?

I recently visited a seemingly fairly reputable web site and was astonished to see their implementation of a two-stage trigger for their social media buttons: (The text appears when you hover over ...
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Where should the “clear search results” button be?

I have a page that allows a user to filter/search the content on that page by using keywords: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups As the user types in the ...
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Toggle Buttons “Turn On” vs “Enable” [duplicate]

For about a year now, we've used toggle buttons on a couple of segments of our site. We try to be very consistent in our user interfaces, always using the same blue button styles for every clickable ...
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Button order Save | Save and next | Cancel | Previous

In an application, the user is able to edit the information of several objects. The user is able to save and go to the next object. What is a good order for this buttons?
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Ideal Donate Button Text for Nonprofit Website

What would be the ideal text for a donate button? My client would like to use "Give" as the button text, but should I urge for "Donate", as I feel this is more of the convention.
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What Is the Best Approach To Minimalist Buttons (Icons)?

My web app, like most, is trying to utilize as much space as possible by trying to use an icon as a button to perform specific tasks. I have quite a few that would make for a pretty obscure button, ...
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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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Which “Facebook Connect” or “Facebook Login” buttons are most effective? (Data wanted)

Many sites use Facebook Login, aka Facebook Connect, Connect with Facebook, Login with Facebook, and whole host of synonyms. Facebook gives an official button to use, yet I see many variations across ...
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What is better better for the main buttons: icons or text? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When to use icons vs. icons with text vs. just text links? I'm currently making a ticket system, but I don't know what would be better, icons for the main buttons or ...
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Button layout in outliner

I am writing an outliner software. At any state, one of the items in the list is selected, and the software can do the following with respect to the selected item: Prepend a new item (sibling) to ...
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Why don't most elevator panels let you unselect?

We've all seen it in the movies where a kid will push all the buttons in an elevator. We've all likely done it - accidentally hit the wrong floor. There's no unselect after you select a floor in an ...
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Why does the Google +1 button not change to a -1 once clicked?

When you +1 something on Google or Google+, the +1 button becomes red and clicking this red button will remove your +1 in the post. Why was it designed like this? Changing the button color to red ...
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Best way to organize interface

I have an application where users can select some items from a catalogue and add into their reports. Some users prefer to add positions one by one, first opening the catalogue, adding a new ...
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Width For Group Of Buttons

We are implementing browser based client, and we are having a little debate reg. setting width of buttons which are grouped together (either just layout wise or both layout and functionality wise). I ...
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Best placement for “ultimate” page actions

I'm designing an interface for a financial company and am not crazy about the placement of our buttons in some of our wireframes. Essentially, the links in the left sidebar are for "smaller" ...
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When does a button hold “too many” words?

Background I came to ponder this question whilst mocking up a modal window for the application we're developing. I had trouble summarizing the semantic phrase: "Click here to get a list of all of the ...
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Which of the following options best draws attention to the “buy tickets” action without detracting from the surrounding visual hierarchy?

I'm working on touching up (as much as I'm allowed) some of the design elements for a website. One client requirement is to draw more attention to the "buy tickets" link as this action is one that ...
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Fit buttons next to textbox on a widget

I'm designing a widget to select names, and move them to two different fields. The left list will display all available names. On the right we'll have two fields: a textbox and another list. User can ...
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Shading buttons darker than the normal state vs. highlighting

While coding up pieces of a website, I was puzzled as to why the designer chose a hover state that is a shade darker than its normal state. It seems logical to me that a rollover state should be a ...
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Button Placement

I'm currently developing a website and we have come across a few things on the placement with buttons that we are unsure about. The website has a booking process and on this process we have ...
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Button Names 'Click here' vs 'something else'

We're having internal arguments about how to label buttons with actions. Other folks in the internet teams, who aren't necessarily User-Focused, demanding that 'Action' buttons to simply read "click ...
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How little is too little padding between button text and its button border?

jQuery has a default amount of padding within their buttons, as seen here: jQuery UI - Button Demo. I think it looks nice, but my boss keeps telling me to kill the padding. Specifically, he said to ...
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Is a cancel button really needed in a form in a page?

I have a form, which is on a page of its own - it's a huge one, and one of the internal reviewers recommended to add a cancel button to it. I am just trying to figure out if a cancel button is ...
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App icons borderless or on a button?

In an app, when using icons, we can have place it on a button, or have the icon borderless. I would think that having it on a button gives better affordance, but it seems that many reputable ...
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If input text length is known, do I really need a submit button?

Use case On a mobile device a user is improving her math skills using a native app (Windows Phone). There are many expressions being calculated in a series and the user is trying to get 10 correct ...
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Form design and placement of action buttons

This question involves a data entry form in a web application. The form will be used in a desktop environment only; there's no need to account for mobile. A single user of this web app could be ...
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Is it a good idea to put the word “or” between buttons on a screen

If I have a dialog to display to the user it has a data item displayed, and 2 seperate actions that can be done to the object. So, it's a resource and we want the user to choose which process they ...
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Order of physical controls: volume down, volume up, mute

My speaker has 3 physical buttons in this order: volume down volume up mute I find the order quite illogical, I would expect: volume up volume down mute Is there any convention on the ...
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Where should a UIButton be to add cells to a tableView?

I have a limited amount of space in a new options menu I designed (much like a combination of twitter's scrollViewTexturedBackGround colored table, with notification center's custom headers, and ...
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Share Buttons on Landing Page — Where to place them?

I've been reading up on share buttons in terms of placement, effectiveness, use, etc. However, the vast majority of resources are directed at blogs and other content oriented sites -- in fact, I ...
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Toolbar of digital signatures

Where I work, we have one of our systems in a web viewer for PDF files signed with the extension ". P7s." We are doing a toolbar similar to the adobe reader (picture below). The panel is also of ...
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Do pull down buttons confuse users about the actions they perform?

Pull down buttons (if that's their official name) are starting to pop up here and there. For example, if you look at Eclipse it seems that almost everything is a pull down button. Personally I find ...
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Combine load and save button into one button?

I'm having a configuration GUI, and want to enable the user to export the settings into a file and load that file later (or on a different computer). My dialog has several options, and is rather ...
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Facebook Like button too intruding? [closed]

Does anybody feel the Facebook Like button is too intruding in ones UI? Like it doesn't fit in, like it's some cheap plastic thing? Have anybody ever used JS or something to make any alternatives ...
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Is a cancel button necessary in a windows form?

After reading the question "Is a cancel button necessary for a web form?", I still ask myself, whether the same applies to a Windows form/dialog box. Consider the following dialog box: Compared to ...
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Save/Cancel/Close button behavior question

The attached image shows a dialog with a save/cancel button bank and a "x" icon to close the dialog. The question I have is this. Should the cancel button even be on the modal if it does not ...
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When is it okay to hide actions until triggered by a rollover event?

I'm having a hard time articulating to my team what doesn't sit right with me on this design. Here is one of our prototypes: http://50.56.241.135/prototype/pin/feed_unsubscribe.html For one thing, ...
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Can you see a good reason to remove the plus sign in Google Chrome's create tab button?

I am talking about this button: The plus sign that used to be on that button has been removed in recent versions. I am very intrigued as to why they might have found it convenient. I'm a ...
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Is it a problem to have a link to 'View Your Basket' and 'Go To Checkout' that both go to the same place?

I have an eComm site i'm specing at the moment. When you add stuff to the basket the on-page basket at the top of the page will update to give you a running total with links to view the full basket as ...
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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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Should the results of a calculation happen automatically, or require a button push?

This is a problem I've ran into several times, and I imagine that others have ran across it too. Basically, I have a complicated equation, and I want the user to type in the values needed to ...
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How long should a press-and-hold-button action be?

How long should a button need to be pushed in order to indicate "this is a press and hold action rather than a simple press"? E.g., to unlock the OSD of my Dell monitor, I have to Press and hold ...
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How to avoid “hover and cover” on buttons at the end of a form?

I'm working on an apparently simple interface: 2 input fields right above a series of action buttons. Each button represents a different way to perform the same task (for example wizard, upload a ...
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How would you handle two separate “save” buttons for different sections on the same page?

I notice on this particular page in Basecamp that they have two different buttons that are meant to save changes to two different sections. One section is above the fold and clearly has a "save ...
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How should I indicate an added row of buttons above the iPad's keyboard is scrollable?

In my iOS app, I have an extra toolbar that appears above the keyboard, using the same style of buttons as the keyboard. This toolbar is horizontally scrollable. Currently, in all devices and ...