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 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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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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When is red the right color for a button?

After reading this question about Big Bad Red buttons, where it was generally agreed upon that red buttons draw the user to click, I was left thinking: then when are they good affordance and ...
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Are grayscale buttons with icons usable and effective?

The image here is old gmail new gmail, when no mail is selected new gmail, when mail is selected new delicious To me, the buttons are unlabeled and tough to discover. I don't believe the ...
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Toggle Buttons “Turn On” vs “Enable” [duplicate]

For about a year now, we've used toggle buttons on a couple of segments of our site. We try to be very consistent in our user interfaces, always using the same blue button styles for every clickable ...
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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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What are the best practices of button alignment?

There are reasons to align buttons to the left, center, or right. What are the best practices of button alignment and what factors should we consider? Which buttons should be on the left, center, and ...
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Is it a bad idea to use grey buttons?

Our design team is thinking of using grey secondary buttons on our site. I'm concerned they may appear to be disabled to our users (especially when used with the primary orange buttons). There is a ...
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What should be the difference between enabled and disabled buttons? (especially if they are grey)

What is the best way to show that a button is Enabled or Disabled? (especially if it has grey color) For example what do you feel about the following button? Is it enabled or disabled? How could it ...
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Should all button text start with a verb?

I'm reading The Grammar of Interactivity on UXBooth and finds it quite interesting. However, the article quotes David Hamill who said (or wrote): Buttons are for actions, like “Get a quote,” ...
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Is red an acceptable colour for a submit button on a form for a purchase or booking?

I have been drafted in to provide UX feedback on a recently completed website. One point I made was that red was not a suitable colour for a positive action, i.e. completing a form. The reply cited ...
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How can you change a poor design without alienating experienced users?

I work for a company that produces a large, 13-year-old web application. Lately, I've taken on the task of trying to get some kind of User Experience guidelines going for the system - something that ...
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Social media sharing: Does simply showing icons stimulate action?

This is tangentially related to the question "Social Media Icons - show all visible, or group under 'share'?". In my organization, we've generally found that displaying the individual icons for ...
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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 ...
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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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If input text length is known, do I really need a submit button?

Use case On a mobile device a user is improving her math skills using a native app (Windows Phone). There are many expressions being calculated in a series and the user is trying to get 10 correct ...
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What's a better label for the traditional “Browse…” button for selecting files to upload?

I've been working on an advanced file uploader, complete with folders and animated progress bars, and wanted to improve the vague "browse" button generally used for launching a file selector window. ...
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Multi shapes buttons damage User Experience / User Interface?

This is a question I have been thinking about in the past few days. I'm making a social app(Similar to Facebook or Instagram etc). As I started working on the design and I though of a question. The ...
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How to avoid repetitive actions in table rows?

We have a table with data and actions on each row like so: Name Email Description Actions James james@gmail.com Desc 1 Edit Export ...
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Are Flat Buttons Unusable?

What is your experience with the usability of flat buttons? The common critique against those buttons is that people can't distinguish them, and they only look like headlines with a background. But ...
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Why do most dashboards use capital words?

Most car manufacturers seem to use ALL CAPS for the interiors's buttons and switches, at least when they are not using symbols. Example: They even use capitals for things that are not even ...
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Should “toggle buttons” show what they do or the system status? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should a toggle button show its current state or the state to which it will change? I find inconsistency in "toggle buttons" (I just invented the name now. See ...
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Can you see a good reason to remove the plus sign in Google Chrome's create tab button?

I am talking about this button: The plus sign that used to be on that button has been removed in recent versions. I am very intrigued as to why they might have found it convenient. I'm a ...
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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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Do disabled buttons still need to be contrast compliant for accessibility?

Very related to this question: Accessible Disabled State but that is about how to style disabled buttons to make them accessibility compliant, but my question is slightly different. Is it actually an ...
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With 'OK' button, 'Cancel' should appear as secondary button or link?

When I make web application designs, every time I style form or overlay boxes with OK and Cancel button. I think of making them different. But is it a good practice? Some people recommend primary and ...
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What is the reason for Concave round buttons in Elevators

What is the reason many elevators have concave shaped buttons. Like this: Any special reason behind this?
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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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Button Placement

I'm currently developing a website and we have come across a few things on the placement with buttons that we are unsure about. The website has a booking process and on this process we have ...
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When to use the Back button vs. Cancel/Done on iPhone

I noticed that in some cases Apple uses Cancel / Done buttons, and in others there's only the the Back button. In Calendar, for example, when you choose how often an event should repeat, you have ...
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What is the best way to show my users that buttons in the same line have different functionality?

I have four buttons on my interface that all look the same but don't all act the same. They are laid out like the example below. download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq ...
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Is the “Three Toggle” button on Bothsider easy for users to understand?

Combining two separate toggle buttons (follow/unfollow + another for whether that "follow" is public/private) seems like an elegant solution to the spacing and aesthetic problems of having two ...
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Why does the close (cross) button in Windows gets special attention?

In Windows's window even if you don't hover on the close (cross) button it always stays red. But the minimize or restore button is transparent, if you hover then it will become blue. So why does this ...
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Should words in buttons or titles start with a capital? [duplicate]

I am currently in the process of creating an iOS application, and I was wondering about capitalization of buttons and titles. For example, should a button say "Add Post" or "Add post". If I look at ...
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Which color for a “Pay now” button?

I know there is no such thing as one good color that can be universally accepted, but I've been told orange is the "right color" for the payment button, and it is notable to see how both Paypal and ...
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Color of destructive primary button

In our app we use green buttons to signify primary actions (located on the right, but that's a whole different discussion) and grey buttons to denote secondary actions ('Cancel'). For example: The ...
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What do you think is a better label “New” or “Add”

At the moment I am building a web application that stores a lot of data inside of tables. In each of the pages containing the tables the users have many actions; they can add, delete, or edit the ...
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How to avoid “hover and cover” on buttons at the end of a form?

I'm working on an apparently simple interface: 2 input fields right above a series of action buttons. Each button represents a different way to perform the same task (for example wizard, upload a ...
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Is there a 'science' to what colors to use on primary 'call-to-action' buttons?

I was wondering what research I can find on what colors to use for primary 'call-to-action' buttons. I know the size of the button and the contrast it has in relation to its background play a big ...
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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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Why is the “dislike” button going into extinction?

I've noticed that Facebook and now Google+ only have a "Like" (or +1) button, in spite of users wanting a "Dislike" button. This seems to be a bit of trend. Disqus also dropped their dislike vote - ...
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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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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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Too many tabs - use buttons instead?

We have an admin page in our application that has toomanytab-itus (see the second set of tabs are stacking): I've been tasked with solving this issue. Reorganising/grouping the content to reduce ...
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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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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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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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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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“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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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 ...