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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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Interface to add content and multiple files

I have a modal to add Activities,so the user can add all content by typing it and/or select files to attach. See below: My problem is: Maybe the user just wanna type a very long description and the ...
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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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'Continue' and 'Retry' buttons location in action div

Regarding a Web console: I have a process that stops from time to time when it has warnings and fails. I'm allowing the user to retry or continue after taking care about the warnings and fails. ...
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What needs to dominate an input: call to action or the current value?

Context: Cinema ticket booking app. App displays movie screenings in a geographical location. Initial location is determined using user IP. User can change their location by entering an address. ...
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Does a rollover that replaces content with an icon help user understand the role of a button?

We are designing an app that displays movie showtimes. A link to book a specific time is a box with a time. A designer is suggesting to add a rollover effect that replaces screening time with a ...
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Vertical titlebar with windowshade button

I have some panels that are sometimes oriented vertically and sometimes horizontally. When they're vertical, the title's on top with two square buttons [ - ] windowshade and [ x ] close. The title bar ...
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Circular context menu on hover

I'm working on a mouse-centric user interface in a desktop application. The target audience are people savvy with computers. The main element of the user interface is a circular button that doubles ...
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Should text in button be capitalized in English?

As far as I know, in English titles each word should be capitalized. Should each word the text in buttons be capitalized if it is a title (e.g. "Add Job Offer"), or should the button text be treated ...
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Include UI Play/Pause buttons even though remote contains same functionality?

I'm working on a tvOS application that plays videos. On the bottom of the screen are a set of buttons I've created; Previous, Next, Pause, Play. Coming from an iOS background I'm so used to creating ...
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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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Putting mouse pointers on graphic buttons. Good or bad UX?

When the design of the button has a mouse pointer on it, some might say users will be more attentive to the button if they see the cursor and think it is theirs. Others will suggest this is a ...
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UX: Whats the difference between Save and Apply Buttons?

Can we use both Save and Apply buttons on same dialog box? Looks like the apply button does not have a common meaning for users. For example: I have a global setting and local settings for items ...
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Redundant to have “add” and “save” button when adding choices from a list?

On StackExchange, when you want to add a community to your account, you go into the upper left corner, click on the pull down, and click "edit" next to the "Your Communities" text. Then you start ...
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Is there a reason for drawing Material Design flat buttons like plain text?

In the MD specifications are listed two types of buttons: flat buttons raised buttons the flat buttons are usually with black text, making them look like simple not clickable text (for someone). ...
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Why the hardware button of mobile devices is not placed at the front?

The button at the bottom front of iPod/iPhone/iPad/Samsung is great UX. Why other mobile manufacturers don't offer such a button at the front as well? Most smartphones have a hardware button on the ...
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What is the most easily understood message for “View More” for a table cell?

I have a cell in a table that is holding some data that can be exceptionally long. I have to crop the data and only display the first ~40 or so characters, and I'd like to add a link or button below ...
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web design function / navigation / action

I joined a project in which a web application product (SaaS) is maintained. It manages repeat payments to payees. Now there are a set of actions: request an off-cycle payment, show payment history, ...
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On an application that does heavy calculations, with underterminate progress indicator, should we have a cancel button?

The application I'm working on performs very heavy calculations. Right now we're using an undeterminate spinner. I go nuts from this and can imagine our users get even more annoyed with it. I thought ...
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What is the best location for the “Add New Button”?

I have a list of records. A new record will be added on a regular basis, but only one record at a time. Having trouble deciding on the best location for the "Add New Button". Clicking on the button ...
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Can you start your button CTA with “A” or “The?”

The site that I am working on, a design guideline is already set that we don't use radio buttons as a selection tool, but always use buttons for such a choice. For example, "Are you a member of this ...
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Confirmation Yes/No button pattern [duplicate]

I have 2 questions. Can we ask the user in a confirmation dialog, "Do you really want to discard changes?" Is this the right way to ask? Also, can the YES/NO options be replaced by Yes, I want to/No, ...
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Table with actions per row

One of the pages in our web app includes a table that typically has a few dozen rows for each user, and it takes most of the page's width (5-8 columns). For each row, users can perform 3 possible ...
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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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Is it good practice to have more than two buttons on a mobile form?

We need to use more than 3 button in a form. So we would provide something that contained Authorize, Reject, and Cancel. All are placed at the bottom of the form. Is it good practice to have more ...
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Does the position of icons in buttons affect the user?

I sometimes get in a bit of a muddle around which is the best position for an icon within a button i.e. left of the text or right of it. I was wondering if there is an easy way to determine the best ...
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What's the point of a “Read full story” button?

I've noticed a lot of news websites, particularly on mobile, sometimes will cut off their story with a button you have to click to see the rest of it. I can understand why they'd do this if they ...
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Create new record and add (lengthy) details in one step? (Accordion Forms)

I was hoping to solve this data entry problem with an accordion form, but now I'm not so sure if this is the right way to do it. I am concerned that information might get lost if I place the save ...
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Alternative to many buttons for adding new member to group

I think my current solution for this looks ugly and feel like it's too many buttons. Do you have any better solution without taking away from the quickness by having many buttons. What are the ...
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How best to lay-out this inventory program

I am a beginning programer and am working on creating a program that will allow people to keep track of inventory in their house. The program accepts barcodes scanned over a TCP/IP connection to add ...
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Is OK button with access key acceptable?

I am trying to maintain compliance with the Windows 7 User Experience Interaction Guidelines and I am having trouble in some dialog boxes with the rule that OK buttons should not have an access key (...
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Can username be omitted if profile picture is present for an “account options” button?

I'm creating an account system for my website and the account controls will be in the top right corner, as shown in the samples below. The more stuff I add to the top bar, however, the more cluttered ...
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Radio buttons or Toggle switch for one out of two options?

I am a bit confused on what should be used when you have to select one option out of the two possible options. Working on a touch screen interface For ex 1- Selecting a Tax type in a retail store, ...
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A calculator's modulo and percentage labels

I'm designing a UI for my calculator. I've got a modulo function and a percentage of function. I started with a "%" button for the modulo, but now I need something different that clearly says "This ...
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Reset button for calculator forms

it's usually bad practice including a reset button in your forms. Some reasons for this are outlined in various other questions: Submit and Reset button, what's the best order? Is a cancel ...
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Guide/instruction buttons

Can someone tell me the professional name of the buttons that you see when you are in a new page or when it's a new feature? Those buttons usually open to pop-ups that will guide you in the new page/...
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How do you best explain the fixed functionality and uses of well known UI components

People often ask questions about if it's okay to mix up UI components with clearly specified functionality e.g. radio buttons and checkboxes. Sometimes I feel that it's treading well worn ground and ...
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Is it best for users to put the delete action/button/link on the edit record page on the web?

It seems that a lot of interfaces put the delete action on the record edit page/screen and sometimes the view page/screen vs putting them right in the record list. I'm wondering if this is considered ...
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What is a good flow for selecting an item from a list and populating some fields in a pane with the item info

I have a tree of items in a left nav and a main content pane to the right. Users should be able to select an item from the tree and populate fields on the right with complicated info (long paths, ...
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How can I pictorially show an option is unavailable for a time?

I have an option (a single button) in the settings, that won't be avaliable for the user for about 2 weeks. I have considered a number of options: Leave it out - make it suddenly appear Keep it ...