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 some design patterns for a cycle button?

I'd like to make use of a cycle button, i.e. a single button that will toggle between a number of states (three or four). Since these buttons are generally frowned upon, there are few examples of ...
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Selected state of two icons--clarity

We are designing a site that has list and grid views. We are having a heated discussion about which design shows more clearly that the grid view is selected. So I turn to you: Which version shows ...
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How can I make these buttons obviously clickable?

I am building an installer in VB.NET in Windows Forms, and am currently adding a final few things such as objects on the About and Preferences pages. I know the buttons are clickable, but the user ...
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Best practice for switch with interchangeable on/off position?

We're making a hardware device with a reset button that needs to be activated when the device is unpowered. As such, the button can not be a momentary press but needs to change position before being ...
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Using black for CTA

I've recently design a website for a client, and at some point he was talking about the Call to action color and he said "I really want to move away from colors. Can we use black please?". I've made ...
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Buttons for a process with multiple or optional parts/stages/segments

What is/are the best UI practices for a process that has 2+ stages or optional segments? And how does the amount of stages, and the popularity or likely use affect the layout? For example, if I want ...
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Should unavailable buttons in a wizard be disabled or hidden?

On a wizard form I have the navigation, save, and cancel buttons. Currently I disable the buttons according to the context. The save button is enabled when the user actually can save (ie, last page). ...
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Positioning the same confirm button for 3 different panel displaying situations

I have two panels that are hidden/showed depending on the value of the "State to assign" dropdown. I've been doubting about placing the Confirm button: In a fixed position, for example: the bottom ...
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Is this a right position to place “See more” button on the top of particular section in “Google Store”?

Google placed the "See more" button on top of each section. I wrongly clicked the bottom button of "Apps" section to see all kind of similar app. But it showed me all book apps. Then I pressed back ...
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collapse vs minimize [duplicate]

Is it right to use the word "Collapse" to describe what this button do or "Minimize" is more correct? What the difference in meanings of words "collapse" and "minimize" in context of computer ...
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one button, two functions?

We are designing an UI of a game like the following: Once you enter the Green button (Start) you start to fight. However, there's a limit of restarting the fight. When it come to the limit, the ...
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Why not have the hamburger menu at the bottom?

Considering this : http://www.lukew.com/ff/entry.asp?1649 ... and considering that displays get bigger, I'm wondering why the hamburger menu isn't located at the bottom of the UI. Just like this ...
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What's your method for choosing button colors?

I realized this has been discussed in different threads, but often what I've found is the topic is segmented into only a couple of actions; i.e. Save and Cancel, or Positive/Negative relationships. ...
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Should mobile slideout menu close icon indicate direction of view change or UI movement?

Building a responsive site for a big consumer brand, and we're using a hamburger slideout menu from the right. This slideout will move the content off screen to the left, rather than sliding out over ...
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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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Is lack of redundancy or visual consistency more important?

I was checking out at a convenience store recently and the card reader asked if the the amount of money it was going to charge me matched my expectations. It looked something like this: I laughed ...
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What reason could Nintendo have had for putting the A and B buttons the wrong way round?

When Nintendo brought out it's first game system, the NES, it had a controller with four buttons: Select Start A B However, somewhere, a designer, in their infinite wisdom, decided that the A and ...
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Yes and No buttons are both positive. Is it okay for these to both be green, implying 'success'?

This is similar to Should "Yes, delete it" be red, or green?, but I feel it isn't quite a duplicate as my situation is different. I have a form which looks like this: When a user enters ...
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Differing behaviours of the previous song button

I remembering discovering this functionality as a child when I operated a DVD player and I've never fully understood it. Recently I've been tasked with writing a short tutorial on the basic operations ...
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Should a music player's previous button go back sequentially or by history?

I develop a music player for a living and I just encountered an interesting scenario. The scenario is this: 500 songs queued up to play. Song #1 is active and playing. You double-click on song ...
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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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Button group behaviour - defaults and toggling

Consider the application of hotel faceted search. At first the user provides the city and dates, and after that they filter, such as "star ratings". By default, there is no filtering based on stars, ...
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Is it ok to have two buttons with similar functionality?

I am currently working on a system that involves removing sections of an application and rows in a table. Do you think it acceptable to have one remove button and one cancel button (x icon) which do ...
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Button or link for new item form

I'm quite decided to use links to indicate that the user will be taken to page with content, and to use button, when the user takes some action. There is pretty clear distinction between those, so it ...
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Are window interaction buttons on the right bad for cross-platform apps with a custom border deployed on a Mac?

I am developing a cross-platform application with a custom border. The window interactions buttons (minimize/maximize/close) are in the top right, like Windows. However, when the application is run on ...
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Is there a universally recognizable “Download” button?

I was trying to download software from a website below (I white-outed the software name, etc.): At first, I couldn't figure out which was the download button. The first button up top was painfully ...
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Conceptually similar but actionably different choices in a modal

I have a modal in which users can choose between removing a user entirely withdrawing the user while leaving an archival entry in the list cancelling out of the modal without taking any action ...
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How to display context-sensitive help for buttons?

I have several buttons in my application that require some explanation (1-3 SHORT sentences). Something like context sensitive help. what is the best way to provide the user this explanation? ...
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How do i display a button that is selected with two options?

Industry Experience has both a Target Value and an actual value (what the person scored) Attached is an example where the actual value is not the target value. How should it be displayed when the ...
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The meaning of the Home button in browsers

I'm not talking about the Home on the website or an app but the home on the browser itself. First of all, I saw no use for that button eversince I first touched a browser. Maybe it made no sense to ...
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Changing text on a button twice after action

Is it acceptable to change the text in a button straight after an action has been performed to show the action was successful and then change the text again after a short delay (as the button will ...
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Too many text-only buttons

I support a rich client line-of-business Windows application. Several of my forms have started to get bogged down with an array of buttons specific to that form. These buttons have historically been ...
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Button instead of Buy Now

I need to develop an android based user interface which lists items to purchase. But in this release I cannot integrate the payment gateway. I would like to integrate a button that indicates an ...
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How should the form control buttons be arranged?

Where is the best place to show form actions in a system (CRUD buttons*)? I have currently placed them in a sticky header that follows a user down the page so as to always show the controls, which is ...
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Are actions within buttons easy to use?

There are examples on the web with actions within a clickable area. Does this create an issue with users mistakenly clicking a delete or close button vs the actual area? Examples:
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Designing a prompt for saving changes [duplicate]

Background Imagine there's a UI that contains a list of "talks". Each talk has fields such as "title", "speaker", and "description". Users can edit talks but have to explicitly save their changes ...
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Microsoft Windows Dialog: No Close Button Scenario(s)

Windows Dev Center states: "Dialog boxes always have a Close button...Don't disable the Close button. Having a Close button helps users stay in control by allowing them to close windows they don't ...
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Cool/heat and sun/snowflake display on A/C and other machines

This question has been bugging me for years. I remembered it when I read this: Toilet flush buttons In A/C most of the times is easy. Generally there is a snowflake for cooling mode and a sun for ...
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One button for two actions

I have a comparison site. On the landing page there are two text boxes which are used for products to be compared, and a button to trigger "compare". If a visitor fills these two boxes, products are ...
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Grab point textures best practice

I'm using jquery's draggable and droppable to enhance the usability of a wireframe stack in our application, and I've already adjusted the cursor to the CSS move glyph to indicate as much. I'd like ...
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Which option is better for changing mode? two-part toggle switch or one button that changes state on press?

Which option is better for a tool that can edit a website visually? A two-part toggle switch. A button that changes the state (and the label on the button changes when the mode changes so that the ...
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“Save As” vs “Clone”

We have a system where a user can view database records in a GUI application. The main purpose of the GUI is for creating and editing these records. We are now developing a feature whereby a user ...
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Why don't ATMs show blank arrows for unused buttons? [closed]

Have you ever had trouble lining the arrows up with the correct button on ATM consoles and other similar interfaces? Height of user can affect perceived alignment, as well as poor installation or ...
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Side by side button or stacked? [duplicate]

In terms of user experience, which layout of buttons would work better? This would basically be a landing page. Side by side? Or stacked?
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Has the ☰ (three horizontal bars) menu icon received much adoption outside of the western world?

A lot of web sites use to indicate a button that will trigger a navigation menu. It has, for example, been included in Twitter bootstrap (which is used at over a million sites). It is also used to ...
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How is it called when you have 2 links that lead to the same page?

I just logged into Mandrill, and I noticed their page has only 2 buttons "Get SMTP credentials" and "Get API Keys" I also noticed these 2 buttons lead to the same place. This is a great UX example ...
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Is this play video button placement confusing?

I'm creating a blog with videos in each posts. But, I'm not sure if triangular play icon inside of a circle at the right presents itself as the must-click part of the page or worse if it leaves the ...
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Booking a class with pay now and pay later option?

I'm designing an iPhone app that allows a user to book into a class. The user has the option to pay immediately for the class, or pay in cash upon arrival at the physical location. What is the most ...
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On mobile web app, where should primary & delete buttons go?

I'm looking at designing a web app for that allows users to view details info of an item and do one of 3 things Create another item by "copying" the current one (primary action) Edit specific ...
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Position Of Buttons

I am trying to decide where to place my main buttons on my app home screen. Considering most screens are getting larger on apps, i think it makes more sense to place all of the buttons at the ...