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.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

1
vote
4answers
208 views

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 ...
2
votes
4answers
502 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
198 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
50 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
989 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
92 views

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 ...
22
votes
10answers
5k views

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 ...
23
votes
6answers
2k views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
408 views

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, ...
1
vote
2answers
557 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
152 views

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 ...
29
votes
5answers
15k views

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 ...
4
votes
4answers
456 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
250 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
354 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
109 views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
165 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
186 views

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 ...
9
votes
3answers
219 views

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 ...
0
votes
3answers
121 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
267 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
102 views

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 ...
654
votes
16answers
104k views

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 ...
2
votes
4answers
109 views

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? ...
0
votes
1answer
54 views

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 ...
3
votes
5answers
221 views

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. ...
32
votes
10answers
5k views

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 ...
25
votes
8answers
4k views

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 ...
28
votes
12answers
7k views

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?
2
votes
4answers
272 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
87 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
20 views

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 ...
5
votes
5answers
377 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
172 views

Best position for 'Add Contact' button?

Any best practices for positioning the Add Contact button (1) in this screen? Left or Right?
1
vote
2answers
156 views

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?
9
votes
4answers
7k views

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 ...
0
votes
4answers
405 views

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 ...
10
votes
3answers
997 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
243 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
586 views

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. ...
6
votes
2answers
638 views

Should a call to action float in a long page?

I was reading this excellent site http://www.goodui.org/ when one of the points made me think Repeating your call to action is a strategy that is more applicable to longer pages, or repeating ...
5
votes
5answers
334 views

Users confused about status indicators vs. action buttons

Recently we did some user testing on our current method of displaying data. We had a list of items in a table (yeah, I know. Our software currently uses tables heavily), with icons on one side that ...
26
votes
9answers
12k views

Documentation - do we “Click”, “Push”, “Press” or “Select” a button on a touch-screen interface

I'm writing some documentation for a web-based application that will run on Android tablets at the factory at which I am employed. I am having trouble wording the steps where the users must interact ...
0
votes
3answers
148 views

If a record is cancelled, what word to use for the action of un-cancelling it?

I have a web app that allows users to cancel records. Once cancelled, they are displayed under a tab called cancelled items. The users are also able to un-cancel these records, so that they become ...
6
votes
4answers
311 views

Should a delete action's “undo” be underneath the “delete”?

Take for example this button: _________ / \ | Trash | \_________/ Which when clicked, becomes this: _________ ...
1
vote
2answers
195 views

How should multiple buttons wrap on different responsive breakpoints?

We are currently developing a Wordpress site that has a Shortcode button feature that allows the client to alter the text, URL link and colour of a button, also to add new buttons. The client is ...
4
votes
2answers
141 views

Matching Navigation Names to Page Titles?

Upon reading the "Navigation" chapter of Don't Make Me Think, I saw the point 'The name needs to match what I clicked.' Obviously, this is a book of guidelines and is not law, but I'm confused about ...
11
votes
4answers
2k views

Position of negative/positive buttons [duplicate]

Consider two buttons: - OK - Cancel Should the positive 'OK' button be placed on the right or left? Is there some rule or convention that needs to be followed in this case. Consider the following ...
2
votes
1answer
275 views

Show submit button only after the form has been validated?

I'm building a store-like site and users can publish their own ads and I was wondering if not showing the submit button until the form has been completeley validated is a good idea, for example if the ...
3
votes
1answer
237 views

Color/Shading Guidelines for Button States

Are there any rules of thumb or formulas for the different color shades when creating non-default buttons? Default buttons have 4 states, Enabled, Focused, Pressed, and Disabled. These all tend to ...