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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The meaning of the Home button in browsers

I'm not talking about the Home on the website or an app but the home on the browser itself. First of all, I saw no use for that button eversince I first touched a browser. Maybe it made no sense to ...
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Where to place controls on a tree/list

I have a chronological list of items. The user can operate on these items with three actions. So each row has three actions (or buttons for example). My dilemma is thus: Having three buttons on ...
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Sort by recent / popular: Use tabs or buttons?

I need to sort my content by recent and most popular. I see Reddit uses tabs, but unfortunately tabs won't fit into my layout. Would I be breaking any UX principles by using buttons? This question ...
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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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“Shaking” button leading to increase in conversion rate?

I'm just running an experiment on the UX Pin homepage. One group got a "shaking" button (the big orange sign up starts to shake after few seconds) and the other group got traditional "static" button. ...
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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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Should tags be buttons or links?

Are there any guidelines on how tags should ideally look like? Are they links, buttons, or visual "tags" with a link? I personally find tags that mimic a physical tag or strip of tape appealing, but ...
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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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Best Practice for a button that performs multiple actions

Consider this scenario: A "Connect" button, which changes to a "Cancel" button when clicked. When the connection succeeds, it changes to a "Disconnect" button. Should this be handled with 3 ...
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Should user be notified about technically unavailable features?

I'm going to implement a non-essential feature on a website. This feature will not be available for all browsers and, therefore, all users. Should I just hide the button that activates it? Or should ...
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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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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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Should the order of add / edit / delete buttons be based on the frequency of their use?

In our application we have several places where users see a list of items and can add, edit or delete an item. For some of these lists adding new items is probably the most frequent used ...
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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 color)...
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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 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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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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Buttons placement convention in Android

Is there any convention of placing positive buttons on the right and negative on the left in Android. I know for dialog boxes this is preferred as opposed to this because its more intuitive But ...
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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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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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Should we use 'Title Case' or 'Sentence case' for headlines and buttons?

I am wondering if we should use Title Case or Sentence case for buttons and headings in websites and web/mobile apps? Title Case:     Sentence Case:     In Yahoo's UI ...
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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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Triple-State (or Multi-State) UI Object (Button)

Any ideas for how to design a multi-state UI "button"? The three states are: Off On, Selected On, Unselected There needs to be a clear interaction difference between a user "Selecting" it and ...
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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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The logic behind having an OK button and Apply button

Moving back to desktop land after being drunk with mobile interfaces, desktop dialogs almost always have these three buttons: OK Apply Cancel A close button. This pattern seems to occur on both ...
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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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Placement of Buy now/Download buttons

Hello respected UX community, I am working on a new website which will be used to sell a software application, but will also have a free limited version of it (not time limited, but feature limited). ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 I'...
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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 ...
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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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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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Best Practices: Location of close button in a modal [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the important aspect to consider when deciding where windows interaction buttons should be placed? I've been seeing a lot of modal windows lately, some which have ...
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Should the “reset” option be a button or a link in crm?

I'm having to make the page as it was in the initial state, and this includes having a form reset link or button. Should the reset be a button or a link?
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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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Should we show/hide/disable functional buttons based on state? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should disabled options ever be hidden? I'm currently working with a project team that has a requirement to make additional reports/data available to end-users with a ...