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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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, ...
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Form creation application: how to differentiate the “save form” button from the “submit button” in the form

I have a web application for creating forms. Currently, the create form interface looks like so: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups The interface is ...
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Can I put the same share buttons on the top and bottom of a post?

I was wondering if there are problems with putting share buttons at the top and the bottom of the post. Reason is that some people share on the top, and others at the bottom.
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Where to place my save button

Here's a screenshot : Every tab, there should be a save button but I don't know where to place my save button. Where should I put it? Is it okay if I place a button below the form with width:100%? ...
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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 ...