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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Should a “view more” button move down when the pane expands?

On a website I have a pane that can be expanded to show additional information. The "show more" button (red square 3) turns into a "show less" button when expanding it. What results in better UX? The ...
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Toggle-Buttons mutually exclusive and multiple selection combined

I have the following dilemma: I have 3 toggle buttons (for filtering a list) which have the same hierarchy weight. Button A and B are mutually exclusive, means if I select button A, button B will be ...
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Should I use Drop downs instead of radio buttons?

This is for a University Information Repository. The user must choose only one collection to submit a report item into. Each collection is gathered into a community. So the hierarchy from top to ...
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Why do many/most (Android) phones have the power button opposite the volume buttons?

I have just bought a Nexus 5 phone. I love the phone, but like my previous two phones it gives me grief when turning the thing on or off. The problem is that the power button is almost directly ...
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Send/Listen to sound in a list

I'm presenting a list of different sounds in a list, on mobile (specifically iPhone-only) Each cell is rectangular and has a simple one-liner label (the name of the sound), and a button on the right ...
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What is the best terminology to use for buttons for running, saving and duplicating reports?

I'm developing a web based reporting tool that allows users to give their report a title, pick their metrics, run/save reports, and then after some wait due to backend processing, view the results ...
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Where should I put a UIBarButtonItem if there is only one? On the right or on the left?

here is my question. What is better for the UX, put a UIBarButtonItem (or equivalent in other platforms) at the right side of the UIToolbar (like the image below shown, like Whatsapp does it on the ...
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Color to use for 'Save draft' button?

So I have a WYSIWYG editor and I have three buttons below it. A Post it button which I am currently using dark blue color. A Cancel button which is red in color and a Save as draft button. I am not ...
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How to make this single window tool more user friendly?

I am building a simple tool which accepts a URL, a username and a password. The URL contains one or more sets of data. After the users enters the URL, username and password. The tool then retrieves ...
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Is there any use case (except submitting a blurred input) when you can't do without visible SUBMIT button for a form?

I don’t want to waste limited screen space for duplicated elements, so I want to ask: can you imagine a situation when the client demands to see a visible SUBMIT/GO!/OK button that is placed somewhere ...
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What icon(s) should a user better understand as “empty item” or “empty selection”? [closed]

I'm developieng an iOS app, and in its main view, I placed a button to select a video playlist. If the user goes to this view and there is an already selected playlist, the button for this selection ...
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Why Google Chrome does not have a GoTo link button like other browsers?

Why google chrome does not provide a GoTo Link button like in IE, Firefox, etc.? And if this is because of the simple & modern design concept than why does other browsers still have GoTo ...
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ebook download - automatic download or button to download on confirmation page?

I have a site at work that is offering a free ebook download after submitting a form. Right now the process is as follows: Click the “download this ebook” button that takes you to the ebook ...
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Best way to communicate “tap anywhere to continue”

I have an iOS game which shows a screen every time you win or lose a game. On that screen, the user can tap anywhere to return to the gameplay screen. However, this does not seem immediately ...
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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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Three state button for a medical chart

I am working on UI design for a new web based medical charting system. The users are used to charting on paper where they circle a symptom if it is present, cross it out if it is absent, and don't ...
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Should disabled elements ever have pointer events?

Modern browsers have a CSS property called pointer-events which has a possible value of none. This value makes it so that no JavaScript listeners nor CSS pseudo classes fired by events (:hover, ...
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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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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. ...