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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What's the best way to show multiple options for opening a codebase?

I'd like to give users of a desktop app I'm working on the option of accessing their local code either through the Windows Explorer/Mac Finder or through the command-line, what's the best way to do ...
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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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Disabling the browser's back button in multi-page forms

We're having this internal debate where some people think that the user shouldn't use the browser's "back" button when filling a multi-page form (for security reasons), and that the whoever hits the "...
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Should one put labels on Previous / Next buttons?

We have several pages of case studies (about 10) and we want to put "Next" and "Previous" buttons at the bottom to go to the next / previous case studies. What is the best practice... should we just ...
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What is the reason behind the + sign/icons with buttons?

I have seen few high profile site which use + sign/icons for buttons, while other don't. Does any body know what is the reason behind using sign with buttons, should i use signs/icons with buttons?
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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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How to convey the “primary vs. secondary” button for screen reader users

I have an application that needs to be accessible for screen readers. This application uses bold text on primary button to convey information about the "recommended choice" like in the example below ...
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How to make irregularly shaped objects / elements look clickable?

On our homepage, we have these irregularly shaped elements that are clickable above the fold (actual images are not cats, just for demo): http://codepen.io/aguerrero/pen/pgvJoa And this is how it's ...
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Spinner (saving mode) on the button?

Not really sure of having the spinner inside the SAVE button when it is clicked or inside the panel itself. I dont want the user able to click it again (to know it is saved or not)
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Where to place a “Add Car” button

I am really trying to make it simple and elegant but I can't decide where to place this button where a user can add there car to there profile. I attached a screenshot of my mobile app, any answer ...
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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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Are you sure you want to answer this question?

We've all seen these types of warnings: "Are you sure you want to shut down Windows?" I hear a lot of people frustratingly reply: "Yes, of course, otherwise I wouldn't have clicked it!" These ...
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Dialog box button behavior based on state

I have a dialog that upon opening performs some data validation (none of the data visible). The dialog is determining whether an action can be taken or not. The dialog has only two buttons - OK and ...
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One single button or two buttons

I'm working on a transportation service. We offer 2 services: Buy a bus ticket, much like public bus Book a car, similar to Uber We have a mobile app, and I'm having problem with one of the ...
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Download button - icon representing the action or subject

When adding an icon to a button labelled 'Download free ebook' one can use an icon to represent either the action (download) or the subject matter (PDF). Which is better? Why? (And is the answer ...
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One big sign up button or 3 [closed]

I would like to know what is the best use in web homepage are for Sign up button: One big button (Like example 1) and then to open screen with option to sign up with facebook, google or mail or 3 ...
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Small number of commands in single window application

I work on an application that reads barcodes, reads information from the database and then enters this information into another application through UI automation. As shown in the screenshot the main ...
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A case against multi-colored navigation buttons

I am trying to find some evidence against multi-colored navigation links, however it seems to be surprisingly hard to find.. perhaps not so many people have come up with the "innovative" idea of ...
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Default cursor on mouse over of a button is not a hand pointer

Why is the default cursor an arrow when you hover over an HTML <button>? I always thought that arrows let you select stuff, but hands let you execute an action. Since buttons execute actions, ...
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What's the best practice for visually styling a button whose importance changes with time?

So here's some context. I have a button whose action changes importance during a certain time of the month. For a good part of the month, the action remains unimportant (a user can 'preview'). After ...
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Best position for collapse indicator on collapsible content

What is the convention/standard/best-practice for the placement of a collapse/expand button/indicator on collapsible content? I've seen many examples of the placement on the left (left of title in ...
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How to determine if button looks clickable?

I been making this message box's for my app, and i started thinking about how they presented to the user, if they are dominant enough that the user could easily understand what are the purpose of the ...
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Nice elevators patterns for imaginative psychology

For a person that could not see, would it be nice to have different elevator buttons arranged into different patterns, not sure which ones, at all, or not? On one hand, it would make things ...
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How can I encourage my users to use the “Login with Google” button?

I'm designing an application where users can either login with credentials they create on the website or login with their Google account. This is what the current mockup looks like: download ...
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Should I show the “Save” button before the required state is achieved

In our web application, to save a transaction (such as an invoice) the user must select the contact's name and add at least one item to the grid. Presently, the save button shows before these actions ...
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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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With link and button side by side, and the link is the more important action, how can I SHOW that it's the more important and frequent action?

In this question I asked about the appropriate label for viewing/editing an item in a list. I settled on a different solution than any there given - that of using a link for the viewing/editing, and ...
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Which way should arrows point for a dropdown button?

In the following images I've animated a button dropdown where the arrow animates to the downward position when displaying the dropdown menu. Wondering if there is any usability studies on this or if ...
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Appropriate label for a button that takes a user to an item?

I have a simple setup for this scenario... A page that lists all "playing seasons". Each season in the list has two buttons on the far right, an "Open" and a "Delete" button The "Open" button takes ...
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Customize table columns

What is the best practice to place customize columns button for the Data table. Please suggest if am right with the images added.
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Moving block of tabs with buttons

I'm trying to display informations from a Json object in 5 tabs at a time with two buttons to go to the next or previous 5 tabs What do you think would be the better way of you doing it?
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What are the possible means for showing that a timer is running?

Some button in my app is blocked until a timer finishes. But, I don't want to display the remaining time, so that the user does not keep staring at the timer, waiting for the button to be unblocked. ...
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Mobile: Hiding other options

The registration page would only ask for simple things: name, e-mail address, password, and phone number, and "user type". For the user type, say the choices are: Buyer Seller Middleman Visitor By ...
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multi-use physical buttons

The company I work for is beginning to incorporate LCD screens onto its devices, but not touch screens. These machines will be used in dirty, dangerous environments, so touch screens are not practical....
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Help on placing controls

I need some help on placing usercontrols for a financial app I'm working on (It's WPF but it's not relevant) I've created this wireframe I thinks this approach is an old style... and I need some ...
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Is a mute button necessary in a music application?

I'm building a music player application (like iTunes or Spotify) and the time has come to implement a volume slider. I was going to implement a system of clicking the volume icon to mute/unmute, but ...
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Are there UX concerns with having two side-by-side buttons go to the same location?

In this case these buttons both go to a portal where the user must login. I feel like there's a bad "UX smell" (or anti-pattern) having two side-by-side buttons go to the same location, but I can also ...
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Is the Floating Action Button going away

I am contemplating whether to use the material design Floating Action Button vs. Menu with different Action options and I noticed that Google in Google sheets, for example, has removed the button in ...
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Button positioning for Negative, Neutral and Positive actions

I'm in the process of putting together a style guide for a web application, in particular, a section about buttons (it's visual weight, position and labelling). I'm almost there, I've done a lot of ...
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What is the Button's Unpressed and Unhovered State Called?

What is the proper name of the state for a button that is not hovered and not pressed? I need it to properly describe this state in the code comments, named constants, etc. I first used the word "...
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Using toggle buttons alongside text boxes?

I'm designing a control to allow users to quickly adjust two variables using a pre-defined list (in this case a toggle button group). Users want to be able to set and use these "quick-selections", as ...
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What's the best location for a Continue button on multi stage Mobile App?

My app has multiple pages, each page the user adds info and continues to the next page. Where is the best place for the Continue control? Bottom & Centered for hierarchy or top right for ...
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tile-indicator-button file-tree concept for aggregated alarms on a touchscreen

I've been kicking around a few ideas, and I think I've hit upon a potentially neat and elegant idea for a way displaying alarms on a touchscreen that just tells the user the minimum they need to know. ...
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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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Best way to provide add/remove functions for a matrix's rows and columns in a smartphone app

I'm building a matrix calculator for Android and am having some difficulty designing an intuitive Graphical User Interface due to the limited space I have on a smartphone screen. The top 30% of the ...
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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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What's best way to show multiple related buttons?

I am making a webapp that enable users to borrow/lend books with their neighbors. Design needs various options like 'borrow', 'can-lend', 'add to wish-list' and 'read' for every book. The issues is: ...
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“Clear” button necessary in request/query form?

I have a book request form where user enters his user id details, no of books, no of pages delivery mode and other booking details(comes to around 5-6 input fields). It has Submit, Clear and Cancel ...
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“New” vs. “Create”

For buttons that initiate some content creation interaction, which label is better: "New X" or "Create X"? Are there specific uses that in which one is better than the other?
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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?