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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Alternatives for preventing Accidental Touch Issues

Most of the mobile devices that are based on Android OS have buttons on the bottom edge of the device. These touch buttons have terrible UX issues. They are prone to accidental touch, thus resulting ...
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Is it okay to have two “primary” buttons?

I have a dialog that allows the user to enter text to be processed. Initially, there are two buttons: "Cancel" and "Assemble." The latter button is the primary action (in Bootstrap, .btn-primary). ...
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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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Volume controls and mute order

I'm designing a remote control that only have Volume Up, Volume Down and Mute. But I can't decide where to put the mute button, in the middle or on the bottom. And what should I have for the Mute ...
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When to use a tool based UX and when to use a button based UX for a spreadsheet app?

To explain what I mean by the terms: Tool based UX: select a tool from a tool bar, and use the tool on some part of the resource. Examples: Photoshop, Minecraft. Button based UX: select a resource, ...
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What kind of button should I use for toggle all state?

I have a series of small images in a scrollView and a way of controlling their opacity with a toggle switch. The toggle has two actions: Set all images to full opacity Set all images to low opacity ...
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Save buttons that don't save

Generally there are two kinds of windows I make: windows with Ok/Cancel buttons, and windows with just a Close button. The implied understanding is that Ok/Cancel windows don't save anything until you ...
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Is there a standard for the positioning of the elevator control buttons?

I've always wondered why elevator control buttons are found where they are. For example, the following image shows the elevator control buttons positioned on the right side. The way I see it, ...
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Should a button behave differently when pressed a second time?

I display a map in my Android app, and on that map I have an icon button that's used to fetch the current device's location. The button is in the top-right corner in the image below, and the current ...
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What is the best way to let the user select a distance for a layer?

So I am creating a layer list using d3 and I have a question about how best let the user select distances. To give some background, the user will be selecting a geographic layer and will then be ...
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Should I put a button below a growing list?

I'm trying to decide on a button location for an app I'm building. The app basically generates teams using lists of players for a given position. It feels most natural to me to have the button to ...
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Best way to give user information on a layer

The Idea I have a layer list that is being created like this d3 version here and I want to append some sort of information icon to the lowest level nodes. To give some background, the user will be ...
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What combo box button is preferable?

Of the two shown below, which is the preferred style--if any--for a combo control? (that allows you to type in it or click the button or arrow to show a drop-down with choices to select...in this ...
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What value does :focus CSS state add for buttons?

We all know that :hover is required if you want to create sophisticated user experience. It allows users to recognize a click option on an element. I wonder what value does :focus add for buttons? ...
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Can/Should primary actions change according to context?

I'm designing an internal system and I'm trying to achieve better consistency amongst the different types of pages that I have. For every functionality the main page is a "Search" page. And given ...
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Better options to show Open and Save option for each file in a list

A list of all input files is shown. User can click ‘Create Output Files’ to create output files for each input file. Now when all output files are created, ‘Create Output Files’ button becomes ...
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Why do people clear the screen multiple times when using a calculator?

I've noticed that most people when using a real or a virtual calculator, they hit the Clear button multiple times when clearing the screen (even though hitting it once is enough), so I started ...
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Where should I put an Add button in a Bootstrap Modal dialog?

I have a UI like this designed at the moment with Bootstrap modal: I was thinking the "Add Shift" button looks misplaced. Would there be any better placement for the button so it doesn't look so ...
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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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What is a term users can understand when leaving Edit mode?

I feel kind of silly asking this but I'm having a real problem coming up a reasonable term for Read Only mode or Not Edit mode. Pictures to explain my problem... If the user wants to edit ...
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Button labels on modals: consistency argument versus UX

I'm having an internal argument with product manager on something. We've a number of modals used in our product & designing more. Her argument: Name all buttons on modals the same e.g. 'OK' or ...
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Edit button or tap to edit

What is the best way to indicate edit-in-place functionality on a list view in a responsive web application? This is an in-browser application designed for mobile (not a native mobile app), so ...
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Floating vs Hovering share buttons for listicles?

I have a blog that focuses on listicles that's very image heavy (eg. 10 Cats That Looks Like Madonna). And I'm trying to make it as "share friendly" as possible. So far, I have had floating share ...
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Is the Windows Title Bar off limits for customization?

With a recent Chrome update, I now have a switch person button next to the three standard Window Title Buttons that are used all the time: Minimize Window Restore Window Close Window When Chrome ...
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How to differentiate between dismiss and delete

Our system creates some records and have a review screen that lets the user see what was created. We would like to allow two actions in that screen: Delete - remove the records completely, with no ...
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What's the best button progressbar?

I've made a sketch of different button progressbars, but I need to know which is the best one and why based on a few key factors: Perceived speed (fastest). Noise/Distraction level (least ...
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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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What are some design patterns for a cycle button?

I'd like to make use of a cycle button, i.e. a single button that will toggle between a number of states (three or four). Since these buttons are generally frowned upon, there are few examples of ...
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Selected state of two icons--clarity

We are designing a site that has list and grid views. We are having a heated discussion about which design shows more clearly that the grid view is selected. So I turn to you: Which version shows ...
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How can I make these buttons obviously clickable?

I am building an installer in VB.NET in Windows Forms, and am currently adding a final few things such as objects on the About and Preferences pages. I know the buttons are clickable, but the user ...
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Best practice for switch with interchangeable on/off position?

We're making a hardware device with a reset button that needs to be activated when the device is unpowered. As such, the button can not be a momentary press but needs to change position before being ...
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Using black for CTA

I've recently design a website for a client, and at some point he was talking about the Call to action color and he said "I really want to move away from colors. Can we use black please?". I've made ...
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Buttons for a process with multiple or optional parts/stages/segments

What is/are the best UI practices for a process that has 2+ stages or optional segments? And how does the amount of stages, and the popularity or likely use affect the layout? For example, if I want ...
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Should unavailable buttons in a wizard be disabled or hidden?

On a wizard form I have the navigation, save, and cancel buttons. Currently I disable the buttons according to the context. The save button is enabled when the user actually can save (ie, last page). ...
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Positioning the same confirm button for 3 different panel displaying situations

I have two panels that are hidden/showed depending on the value of the "State to assign" dropdown. I've been doubting about placing the Confirm button: In a fixed position, for example: the bottom ...
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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? thanks
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Is this a right position to place “See more” button on the top of particular section in “Google Store”?

Google placed the "See more" button on top of each section. I wrongly clicked the bottom button of "Apps" section to see all kind of similar app. But it showed me all book apps. Then I pressed back ...
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collapse vs minimize [duplicate]

Is it right to use the word "Collapse" to describe what this button do or "Minimize" is more correct? What the difference in meanings of words "collapse" and "minimize" in context of computer ...
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one button, two functions?

We are designing an UI of a game like the following: Once you enter the Green button (Start) you start to fight. However, there's a limit of restarting the fight. When it come to the limit, the ...
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Why not have the hamburger menu at the bottom?

Considering this : http://www.lukew.com/ff/entry.asp?1649 ... and considering that displays get bigger, I'm wondering why the hamburger menu isn't located at the bottom of the UI. Just like this ...
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What's your method for choosing button colors?

I realized this has been discussed in different threads, but often what I've found is the topic is segmented into only a couple of actions; i.e. Save and Cancel, or Positive/Negative relationships. ...
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Should mobile slideout menu close icon indicate direction of view change or UI movement?

Building a responsive site for a big consumer brand, and we're using a hamburger slideout menu from the right. This slideout will move the content off screen to the left, rather than sliding out over ...
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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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Is lack of redundancy or visual consistency more important?

I was checking out at a convenience store recently and the card reader asked if the the amount of money it was going to charge me matched my expectations. It looked something like this: I laughed ...
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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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What reason could Nintendo have had for putting the A and B buttons the wrong way round?

When Nintendo brought out it's first game system, the NES, it had a controller with four buttons: Select Start A B However, somewhere, a designer, in their infinite wisdom, decided that the A and ...
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Yes and No buttons are both positive. Is it okay for these to both be green, implying 'success'?

This is similar to Should "Yes, delete it" be red, or green?, but I feel it isn't quite a duplicate as my situation is different. I have a form which looks like this: When a user enters ...
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Differing behaviours of the previous song button

I remembering discovering this functionality as a child when I operated a DVD player and I've never fully understood it. Recently I've been tasked with writing a short tutorial on the basic operations ...
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Should a music player's previous button go back sequentially or by history?

I develop a music player for a living and I just encountered an interesting scenario. The scenario is this: 500 songs queued up to play. Song #1 is active and playing. You double-click on song ...
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Should a form's back button save the data entered before navigating backwards

I have a five page form: 3 data entry pages, a confirmation, and an submission success page. I am to insert a back button on the middle 3 pages, no problem. However, there is no specified behavior ...