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 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 ...
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Sharing buttons statistics [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are 'share this' buttons really effective? Many websites include 'sharing buttons' (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) on their websites these days. I'm wondering if ...
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Double-click on toggle buttons

I've witnessed a lot of old people double clicking on hyperlinks and buttons when a single click would suffice. This odd behavior would be troublesome for buttons that toggle a state. Take for example ...
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Select item from a list to be added to another list

I have an application implemented with Java Swing. The main view of the applications is divided in a left side and a right side. The top of the right side contains a SearchField, and a list of search ...
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Default cursor on mouse over of a button is not a hand pointer

Why is the default cursor an arrow when you hover over an HTML <button>? I always thought that arrows let you select stuff, but hands let you execute an action. Since buttons execute actions, ...
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Magic meaning of Apply button on a form

I understood that [Apply] button does the same as [OK] without closing the modal form. Is it a programmer's trick to see changes outside current form and still be focused to it? Maybe it is like safe ...
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Does it make sense to allow users to re-order / choose UI elements?

Does it make sense in a UI to allow users to reorder buttons to their liking and/or hide/show them? In Zwitscher I have quite a few buttons on display (see the middle screenshot on ...
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Android list layout for search results

I'm making an android app that queries an http endpoint and displays the results with a list. Currently the results appear 10 at a time which the user navigates with next/prev. buttons. The other day ...
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Disabling the browser's back button in multi-page forms

We're having this internal debate where some people think that the user shouldn't use the browser's "back" button when filling a multi-page form (for security reasons), and that the whoever hits the ...
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QuickBooks UI and (still on) buttons position criteria

My company is redesigning one of its accounting software. Intuit's QuickBooks is something that be considered in the same market field, so I took a look at its UI. Here is the invoice management: ...
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social share buttons best position

If you go to any site with content you will have social share buttons. I was wondering where would you consider the best position for social buttons. I saw 3 approaches: bottom of the content page ...
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Button bar: criteria and position

Me and my team are (re)thinking some UI details of our main application. It's a "traditional" desktop application for the Windows platform. It's a business targeted application, and our customers are ...
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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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Coloring Buttons

I have a application that presents the user some information about an appointment and allows them to perform any one of various actions that the user will decide on based on the information presented. ...
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Recommended button sizes on web pages

What are the current usability guidelines for the size of buttons (or anything clickable) on web pages?
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Why can't I use glass buttons?

I'm prototyping a new form, and it's got the 'glass' buttons on it. Several colleagues freaked out and went on rants about glass buttons being the ultimate evil. Objectively speaking, what's wrong ...
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Dropdown Button and disjunct options

At the top of the application we have a function bar that (almost) contains all functions that can be done on entries in a table below, quite similar to Office Fluent UI. We try to minimize the amount ...
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Should there be a difference in the relative sizes of the buttons in a confirmation dialog?

I understand the idea behind having the more likely to be used action on a page slightly larger or in a different style in order to guide the user to it (for example having a button for save but a ...
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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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Are there other options of enabling an irregular shaped clickable area on a web page other than image maps? [closed]

We have some irregular shaped areas...imagine a map of the states of the US. Imagine also that inside each state there is a rectangular region that contains graphics and text. We want to make each of ...
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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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Why do modern smartphones featuring a touchscreen have several forward-facing buttons?

The iPhone has a touchscreen and one forward-facing button, which is sort of testament to Apple's design ethos of simplicity and aesthetics. But HTC devices tend to have several buttons, and my Nexus ...
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Do I really need a login button?

We've been having a discussion in the office surrounding a login page we're developing for a new web application. The web application is in intranet-based application, and is mainly used by users who ...
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Should a toggle button show its current state or the state to which it will change?

I have a quick question about buttons that toggle between two states. (Think Play/Pause, or Shuffle/Regular Play.) As the title says, should the toggle show it's current state or the state to which it ...
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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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Smallest button size and spacing for a touchscreen

For a touch screen, such as the iPhone, what is the smallest size for a button you could get away with? And how closely could they be shoved together? I've got an app thats going to have a lot of ...
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Separation of play and pause buttons for playing media

I seem to remember reading somewhere that having the play pause actions triggered from a single button that toggles is a bad idea It seems to me that this idiom works well (e.g. pressing space to ...
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OK/Cancel on left/right?

Should OK button be on left of Cancel button or vice versa? Are there any studies suggesting either of the solutions?
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Is a cancel button necessary in a web form?

Personally I have never used it. I don't put information in a form and then decide everything needs to be cleared. I would edit one field. Plus cancel in a UI suggests canceling an action which is in ...
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Hiding information when a user has expressed a reason for visiting a website

In the process of implementing an registration page that will be seen by two types of users (those registering to buy from the site, and those registering to sell on the site). The current ...
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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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Submit a Button and Cancel a Link… Too Confusing?

I have noticed in the last couple years a lot of web forms, if they have cancel at all, it is a link. I assume this is to drive the person to the UI element, a button in this case, that 99% of the ...
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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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Do you need a search button with a search box?

On websites with a search box, should you add a button they can click on, or will users understand a search box like on this site? The target group is not very technical, such as women aged 40-60.
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Should the OK/Cancel buttons be aligned right or centered?

Where should I put the OK/Cancel buttons on my dialogs? At the bottom centered or aligned right? I've seen both and I personally don't care, but I want to create a consistant look across my ...
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Is there a recommended location for a submit button in relation to a cancel on the web?

On the web, is there a recommended location for the submit (Go, Search, Submit, etc) button in relation to the cancel, reset or back button? I'm thinking the recommended positions makes it easiest for ...
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What are the differences between buttons and links?

What are the differences between buttons and links?
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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 ...