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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Using sound effects on Mouse Hover / MouseOver

I'm building an application that is will mostly be used by "novice users". My team wants to add a sound effect to help aid the user understand that something is clickable when they hover over a ...
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Should buttons be illuminated, or darkened, upon hover? [duplicate]

To most, this question might feel subjective... but there's really more than just opinion involved here. If you hover your hand over something in real life, most times a subtle shadow will appear ...
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Do material design's floating action buttons provide a bad UX?

Google's material design largely focuses on clean visuals and a good user experience, but there is one feature that I have questioned: floating action buttons. This is a large button that appears in ...
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Is it okay to use a “place” and “replace”button if an image has already been uploaded using the drag and drop or upload an image function?

I am trying to use this Drag and Drop / Upload image feature and put it inside a field. By adding or uploading a "logo", it will will be replaced by the image uploaded and buttons like Delete and ...
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Should we use form button color to indicate task outcome?

I work in large company and We are building our UX guidelines for new applications. We have lots of legacy LOB applications with workflows that assign tasks to humans. Some of them are simple tasks ...
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Any lesson learned or best practices on the UX of a 'Download' button?

My company provides a free edition of a desktop application we developed. Currently I have 'Download' button only on website, and I consider to replace it with one of the following three suggested ...
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Mixing flip-flop/toggles and binary state buttons

I'm facing a rather curious predicament. I'm working on a page with two columns. The one column has a list of actions that are essentially just things that run when clicked (so they've been grouped ...
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What's better UX in a payment rejection screen: provide just 2 main calls-to-action OR show links for all possible actions as shortcuts?

The situation is this: A cashier has placed a payment. For a successful transaction he sees the success confirmation and the corresponding invoice, BUT for a rejected transaction, he sees an error ...
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Focus state for Split Button?

What will be the action if the "Tab" key is focused on the split button? a. both the "A" & "B" gets focused. b. "A" gets focused first and "B" get focused on next "Tab". c. only the "A" get ...
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Usage of animated buttons and effects on user experience

I see more and more animated buttons in service oriented web applications, especially in registration and completing an action. In the literature of persuasive psychology, moving objects are used for ...
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How to convey that an indicator is clickable

We made an app that analyzes your driving behavior and generates a score for it: One one of the screens you can see score circles in blue/orange/green/red (click to enlarge): When you click on one ...
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Research Study App - Could use some tips!

Really new to the UX field as well for designing for mobile. Currently working on a behavioral research study with the use case being for 500 incoming freshmen college students. 250 will be the ...
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Two main functions when using a floating action button

We are designing a complex app with a lot of different pages/views. From all of the pages we want to be able to "Add" stuff that is relevant to the whole instance. Most times this means you add things ...
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Best way to display two call to actions in a single column

Currently the users can "print codes" for the entire group or "invite individuals" by email. Can you imagine a better solution to make it more clear that both options are available without ...
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Should “Yes, delete it” be red, or green?

Designing an interface for a CMS (Content Management System), I stumbled upon a paradox and I'm a bit confused about what to do and why to do. Context Before deleting an album, the user is asked to ...
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Support consistency or primary user journey?

Here's my question. Should a button with an important action such as "Preview" always have the same visual appearance and poisitioning or should it change according to the primary user journey? ...
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Naming of button for adding to caller and close

I have a system which has a dialogue that opens when the user wants to add a particular type of record (which is a list of clients). This dialogue window enables them to search for particular clients ...
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Is labeling my button as “Back” too general?

I have an application that has a variety of different panels on it (similar to a dashboard of sorts) and I'm struggling with how to inform my users about a specific Back button and how to label it. ...
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Should I avoid using “abort” in favor of its synonyms?

I've heard that the term "abort" could have a negative meaning in some contexts (i.e. due to abortion-related issues), and for that reason it was avoided in some interfaces of the 80's/90's, probably ...
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Should the cross (or 'X' ) button do something other than close (e.g. minimize or hide)?

It's common for the user to use the cross button to exit an application. But sometimes software is tricky and the cross minimizes the window instead of closing it. Should this kind of behavior be ...
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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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How to avoid big banks of buttons?

What are some alternatives to having repetitive rows buttons that create large banks like the one shown below. I think it's too visually dominant and distracting, not least because there's one of ...
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How to prevent users from submitting a form with no changes made

I would like to prevent users from being able to submit a form where the selection hasn't been changed from its original state. Example: In the wireframe above, when the user sees this form, the ...
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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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the presentation of a selected button of a page

It's often the case that there are two kinds of presentations of a selected page, like the following: 1.the selected button become dark and invalid, while others page-buttons are up-light and valid ...
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Button Labels : Contextual Names or Generic Names [duplicate]

When we label the buttons should we use contextual names or generic names. For example, I have a form to add a new employee.Here the button is named as "Save", which is more generic. How about ...
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How can users mark their lessons complete?

I have an internal LMS created and it is pretty open to any content type. More and more people are moving away from traditional SCORM/traditional e-learning and towards blended content. So now a ...
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Best position for 'Add Contact' button?

Any best practices for positioning the Add Contact button (1) in this screen? Left or Right?
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Vertical position of icons in buttons

Software interface design: What is the correct vertical position of an icon in a button? Either at the bottom line to the text or centered with the text?
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Toggle button vs. check box and toggle switch

XAML for Windows 8 offers 3 controls for toggling: toggle button, check box and toggle switch. The Windows 8 UX guidelines explain and compare the check box and the toggle switch, but make no ...
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Why does everybody use Yes/No/Cancel buttons?

Is there any reason with respect to Interface Design or Usability that someone (I guess Microsoft in the early days of windows?) started using this 3 buttons twenty years ago? Has anybody any sources ...
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How to make “signing a contract” on a tablet feel serious and legally binding?

Is there any standard for accepting signatures inside an application? I want to write an android app for gathering clients and then having them sign contracts on the tablet device. Is just an "I ...
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Is it considered best practice to have buttonset hover and active to have the same style?

From looking through the web at various buttonset examples, many of them have the hover and the active css style as the same. In other cases its quite different (with Active having a complete ...
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Evidence of a difference in conversion rate between a “ghost” and a “traditional” button?

Many new sites have been applying the "Ghost Buttons" in landing pages. Same people are saying this is a new trend of 2014. I think with the “ghost button” we have a beautiful and clean design. ...
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Should a call to action float in a long page?

I was reading this excellent site http://www.goodui.org/ when one of the points made me think Repeating your call to action is a strategy that is more applicable to longer pages, or repeating ...
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Users confused about status indicators vs. action buttons

Recently we did some user testing on our current method of displaying data. We had a list of items in a table (yeah, I know. Our software currently uses tables heavily), with icons on one side that ...
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What are some ways you can encourage people to read the Instructions?

We make educational software. Each Lesson has instructions. Sometimes the instructions are fairly obvious (Click the picture that matches the spoken word), sometimes they are more complicated : ...
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Documentation - do we “Click”, “Push”, “Press” or “Select” a button on a touch-screen interface

I'm writing some documentation for a web-based application that will run on Android tablets at the factory at which I am employed. I am having trouble wording the steps where the users must interact ...
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If a record is cancelled, what word to use for the action of un-cancelling it?

I have a web app that allows users to cancel records. Once cancelled, they are displayed under a tab called cancelled items. The users are also able to un-cancel these records, so that they become ...
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Should a delete action's “undo” be underneath the “delete”?

Take for example this button: _________ / \ | Trash | \_________/ Which when clicked, becomes this: _________ ...
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How should multiple buttons wrap on different responsive breakpoints?

We are currently developing a Wordpress site that has a Shortcode button feature that allows the client to alter the text, URL link and colour of a button, also to add new buttons. The client is ...
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Matching Navigation Names to Page Titles?

Upon reading the "Navigation" chapter of Don't Make Me Think, I saw the point 'The name needs to match what I clicked.' Obviously, this is a book of guidelines and is not law, but I'm confused about ...
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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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Position of negative/positive buttons [duplicate]

Consider two buttons: - OK - Cancel Should the positive 'OK' button be placed on the right or left? Is there some rule or convention that needs to be followed in this case. Consider the following ...
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Show submit button only after the form has been validated?

I'm building a store-like site and users can publish their own ads and I was wondering if not showing the submit button until the form has been completeley validated is a good idea, for example if the ...
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Color/Shading Guidelines for Button States

Are there any rules of thumb or formulas for the different color shades when creating non-default buttons? Default buttons have 4 states, Enabled, Focused, Pressed, and Disabled. These all tend to ...
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Using only keyboard shortcuts (without button/menu counterparts)

I'm working on a webapp right now and the way I am designing the actions mainly utilizes keyboard and mouse combinations. Example, join two elements by [shift + click]ing them in order. Is this an ...
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Choose existing or creating new category

Our current implementation gives the user an option to select a category from a drop-down and to add new category. The problem is that this button under the drop-down does not work very well. 1) ...
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Would you consider this button to represent that the device is currently on or off? [closed]

Would you consider this button to represent that the device is currently on or off? The opacity switches to the other button once it is tapped. I just want to make sure that the state is fairly clear. ...
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What is the optimum button size of touch screen applications?

There was a not so recent blog post about the ideal button size of touch screen control sizes (sorry there is no link, the website is now a spam trap) that was based on the study form the MIT touch ...