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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Would putting a submit button at the top of a long form be usable?

I have a form with 3 long columns of checkboxes where the user needs to check whatever options she/he needs. Sortening the amount of checkboxes is not an option Im afraid. Our users are mostly in the ...
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Button placement while others ones are invisible/disabled

I have a tool bar of buttons. The state changes every time user interact with it (fig. 1). Fig. 1 Sometimes application allows user to refresh view only, so other buttons are invisible (fig. 2). ...
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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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Actions through buttons and alternative ideas

In the following image, you can see a screenshot of the current look of a "Contacts" panel I created. In the area I have highlighted (bottom) there are two buttons to add and remove contacts ...
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Advice on ordering horizontal lists of commands

I have a set up like this with a title and then several buttons/links to perform actions: TITLE delete preview share stats publish All else considered equal, I'm trying to consider how to ...
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Social media sharing: Does simply showing icons stimulate action?

This is tangentially related to the question "Social Media Icons - show all visible, or group under 'share'?". In my organization, we've generally found that displaying the individual icons for ...
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What's the point in electronic devices beeping on keypress?

Many electronic devices, mostly cell phones, by default beep on keypress. What's the point in that? Once a key is pressed their state is changed and that's reflected in the graphic interface anyway. ...
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Max OS X Lion: Two Buttons “Highlighted” by Default—what?

I've noticed this in a lot of applications under Mac OS X Lion lately. For example: Pressing return is equivalent to pressing the button with the blue background, not the highlight. What's the ...
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What is the ideal height of a button in regular desktop applications?

On most GUI creator (I just checked Qt Creator and Flex Builder), it seems the default button height is about 22 pixels. This is what I use for most desktop applications I create except those I make ...
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Single replacement for: “Upload a document” and “Upload a Video”

I need a single replacement, to place in GUI, that categorises both "document" and "video". I need to place in my website interface to replace: "Upload a document"... and "Upload a ...
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Should I use Yes/No or Ok/Cancel on my message box?

Semantically, the Yes/No buttons are roughly equivalent to the Ok/Cancel buttons, but in general what would you recommend to use? Should I always use Yes/No or always use Ok/Cancel? Or does it depend ...
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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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Too many tabs - use buttons instead?

We have an admin page in our application that has toomanytab-itus (see the second set of tabs are stacking): I've been tasked with solving this issue. Reorganising/grouping the content to reduce ...
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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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How to make “signing a contract” on a tablet feel serious and a legally binding?

Is there any standard for accepting signatures inside an application? I wan't to write an android app for gathering clients and then having them sign contracts on the tablet device, but is just an i ...
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Is it good practice to have a change contrast or higher contrast buttons for users?

Is it good practice to have a change contrast or higher contrast buttons for users? As depending on the vision problem users may need different contrast conditions for comfortable reading. Some sites ...
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Alternates to the “play/pause” button

I've never been happy with the old 'iTunes' model ("flip-flop" buttons; see this question) where the play and pause are the same button, with an icon showing what state you can go to (Play when you're ...
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How necessary is it to point out your call to action so obviously on a simple site?

I am trying to figure out, especially for returning users, the value of pointing out a way to add input to a site. Facebook and Google+ both have placeholder text and placement of the input for status ...
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Which is better: Buy Now or Add To Cart as the label for a button in a shopping cart form?

I have a site that displays 3 major products and it all links to an external shopping cart which users will have to fill out a form to complete the order. Which label is better? "Add to Cart" or ...
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What is the reason for Concave round buttons in Elevators

What is the reason many elevators have concave shaped buttons. Like this: Any special reason behind this?
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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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[sign up] vs. [sign me up], what's the best way to name buttons?

I'm a bit confused as to what the best way to naming buttons is. And if it needs to be consistent with the instructions (voice of one person), for instance: Example A (one person): Are you new to the ...
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Submit Buttons on the Left or the Right?

We have been puzzling over where to put the submit button, on the left or the right. In researching, we noticed that many sites put buttons on the bottom right in dialogue boxes, and on the bottom ...
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What is the reason behind the + sign/icons with buttons?

I have seen few high profile site which use + sign/icons for buttons, while other don't. Does any body know what is the reason behind using sign with buttons, should i use signs/icons with buttons? ...
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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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What could be an alternative for “Share this post with my network!” in a social application?

What could be an alternative word implying Share this post to my network! for use in a social application ?
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How to align social buttons without losing vertical space?

I've add in some social buttons to one of our pages. I don't want to have to put them in a horizontal row because that'll push more products down below the fold. This is my idea so far: Close ...
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What factors are important to consider when choosing a button font?

Should the font of buttons on a website be different than the font on the rest of the page? How different? More spacing, less spacing, different font-family? What are the things to consider when ...
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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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What is the name of this combined button/popupbutton?

This button is in the new Firefox, but what is the name of it?
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Best way to communicate the action of a non-button control

Question summary: I'm wondering what are some recommended approaches for communicating to the user what will happen once he clicks on an object, in the case that it's not possible to spell out the ...
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Choosing between state and action on video chrome controls

I realize that the question of deciding whether to make a button show its state versus show its action has already been asked. Some of the answers were to make the interface more verbose or add ...
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Are “reset” buttons redundant? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is a cancel button necessary in a web form? Are form "reset" buttons redundant? If not, why not? Give me a case where they are completey accepted, useful and maybe even ...
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Why is the close button in the title bar red in Windows 7?

Perhaps to prevent users from closing the window or application inadvertently? But is it also a distraction because the color of red stands out? Any insights?
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Why don't mobile apps have a 'close' button?

I'm a fairly new user of Android and i'm annoyed by the fact that almost all apps lack a "close" button. Is there any reason why developers don't make such an option?
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Should we prioritize use or linguistic?

I've been working on a project, and I found an interesting dilemma. The application I'm working on has this filter, let's say something like this: By default, none of the "options" are selected, ...
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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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Is it better to use a positive or a negative command for a button, checkbox, etc.?

I have some checkboxes that should include/exclude some content on some reports. But I am not sure if I should use: Include all items or Exclude unused items for the text of the checkbox. What ...
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Toggle FIND button to OK in Find dialog when search result shown

We have a search dialog that has a criteria pane at the top, and a result pane at the bottom. We have placed the FIND button between the two panes in the dialog, but in practice people are expecting ...
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What's the best UX option to help users choose between three items

So, I'm trying to use an optimal UX design for three choices that are responses to questions. The three choices are choice 1, choice 2 and "I don't know." Currently, I've been considering using radio ...
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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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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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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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Guidelines to setup sound buttons

Are there any guidelines for positioning of sound buttons (play, pause, mute)?
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Improve affordance of “mark as answer” on StackExchange

It seems like many new users to StackExchange don't know that they should mark a response as the answer. I often see pissed off veterans shouting "you're not going to get any help if your accept rate ...
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Toggle button for actions

In our web application, we have a list of items for which multiple actions can be scheduled. If an action is available but not selected, it is displayed as a gray button. When the user clicks on it, ...
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Assume success and show response immediately or wait for a response from the server?

All over my CMS I have buttons that toggle something on or off by sending an ajax request, updating the db, and then changes state and value of the button on success. Very basic "ajax" and "toggle". ...
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Where to place buttons on forms in a desktop application?

When you have a desktop application in which a user is editing records (and performing other operations on records), where is the ideal location to place the buttons for those operations? I have in ...
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How do I tell the user a filter is active

I have a button in my interface that when clicked show a listbox so the user can apply a filter by those items she has selected. It looks like this: My question is: How do I tell the user there is ...
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When to change wording in an existing system

We're adding to our Wordpress site a forum called simple-press, and are tweaking the UI and the UX a little. One of the things that our designer wants to change is the wording on the submit button on ...