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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Saving: Global save vs Sectional save vs Item save vs Instant save

I have been modifying my Facebook and Gmail account settings when I come across several types of saving strategies. Take for example, at the time of this writing, Facebook: Instant save - saves upon ...
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Browser extensions: page action or browser action?

I develop a Firefox and Chrome extension, and I'm adding a button. It seems like a page action (button in the address bar) is the "correct" choice, as opposed to a browser action (button on the ...
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Why are icons on mobile phone menu screens square or rectangular but not circular?

If you take a look at the app page of any mobile OS, for example iOS, Android, Ubuntu, Win8, BADA, etc., they all have square icons, either with rounded corner or sharp corners (shown in the first ...
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other wording for a Select button?

I have multiple Select buttons next to player's names in order for a user to choose which player they want in a game. A user can't just click on a player's name because that gives additional stats, ...
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Hiding information when a user has expressed a reason for visiting a website

In the process of implementing an registration page that will be seen by two types of users (those registering to buy from the site, and those registering to sell on the site). The current ...
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Toggle button for actions

In our web application, we have a list of items for which multiple actions can be scheduled. If an action is available but not selected, it is displayed as a gray button. When the user clicks on it, ...
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How can we clarify that our giant red button just opens the door and is safe to press?

Our office front doors use an electronic lock to enter and exit (but can also be opened using a key). To open the door from the inside, you need to press a giant unmarked red button to the right of ...
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Where to place controls on a tree/list

I have a chronological list of items. The user can operate on these items with three actions. So each row has three actions (or buttons for example). My dilemma is thus: Having three buttons on ...
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What is the ideal height of a button in regular desktop applications?

On most GUI creator (I just checked Qt Creator and Flex Builder), it seems the default button height is about 22 pixels. This is what I use for most desktop applications I create except those I make ...
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Two options, how to softly steer people in the preferred one

When you want to softly steer people into an option, do you place the preferred button left or right to the other one? More Details Specifically it is about registering with a Facebook account, or ...
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What are the rules of using ellipsis on buttons

I read about the rules of using ellipsis (three dots ...) in a menu command: Indicate a command that needs additional information (including a confirmation) by adding an ellipsis at the end of ...
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Is the Windows Title Bar off limits for customization?

With a recent Chrome update, I now have a switch person button next to the three standard Window Title Buttons that are used all the time: Minimize Window Restore Window Close Window When Chrome ...
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Do users notice “don't show this again” checkboxes?

In a shopping cart, items can have a discount, but if a users asks for an express delivery on a specific item, the discount will change. I need to make them aware of that. 1 item = 1 line. The ...
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Similar buttons for very different actions in Gmail

I noticed that Gmail's conversation interface has a bent arrow icon for back-to-inbox and a very similar button for reply. Below is an image of the interface with the two buttons highlighted in ...
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What is the name of the button that lead to a login and register page (one page)?

I have a page that serve both login and register. I put the two form side by side (login form to the left, register form to the right). In menu header, there would normally be button that lead to ...
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Is it time to reevaluate what keys keyboards should have?

I just got my Google I/O Chromebook and one of the most interesting things about the keyboard layout is that certain keys have been replaced by Google with new ones that are more relevant for an ...
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Why electric car windows can be automatic for driver's window and manual for others?

I'm European and I don't understand the logic behind electric car windows commands. In a lot of cars, a driver can fully open the electric window on his side with a single push. But if he wants to ...
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Can a button be 'secondary' on one page but 'primary' on another?

For example, an "Edit" button. In most pages, it is a secondary button ("Submit" may be the primary one). But there can be a case where in "Edit" is primary action for the page. Is it good practice ...
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Max OS X Lion: Two Buttons “Highlighted” by Default—what?

I've noticed this in a lot of applications under Mac OS X Lion lately. For example: Pressing return is equivalent to pressing the button with the blue background, not the highlight. What's the ...
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exclusive select in a table: radio button, rowclick, text only, text and icon, or icon?

If you have a table where each row can be selected, and you are only allowed to select one row at a time, and selecting a row causes a drill-down table to appear to the side, how would you render ...
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When Back Button is Expected but Not Supported, The Least Invasive User Assistance?

Problem: I have a situation where in a browser-based web application the back button (and backspace key for that matter) cannot be supported or used. If it is used, the results can be unpredictable in ...
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Should I add a floating, fixed feedback button on the pages of my website?

I would like to add a Feedback feature to my website. Should I add it as a floating,fixed button on the side? Is that considered something users are annoyed by? If I shouldn't, which method is ...
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Is a 'back' button needed on a web form?

I am re-designing a multi-page web form that currently contains 'back' and 'continue' buttons. I am wondering -- is the 'back' button necessary? If the user wants to go back, they will know to use ...
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When does a button hold “too many” words?

Background I came to ponder this question whilst mocking up a modal window for the application we're developing. I had trouble summarizing the semantic phrase: "Click here to get a list of all of the ...
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Is it a problem to have a link to 'View Your Basket' and 'Go To Checkout' that both go to the same place?

I have an eComm site i'm specing at the moment. When you add stuff to the basket the on-page basket at the top of the page will update to give you a running total with links to view the full basket as ...
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How would you handle two separate “save” buttons for different sections on the same page?

I notice on this particular page in Basecamp that they have two different buttons that are meant to save changes to two different sections. One section is above the fold and clearly has a "save ...
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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 ...
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How do you show non-affordance?

There is a tendency to use badges or status images to show information, but very often these badges look like other items which you interact with, such as buttons. There is a lot of information on ...
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Fit buttons next to textbox on a widget

I'm designing a widget to select names, and move them to two different fields. The left list will display all available names. On the right we'll have two fields: a textbox and another list. User can ...
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Presenting options in tools where users can have two (or more) different roles

Applications where clients & contractors actions (such as odesk and elance) are displayed in the same dashboard can get confusing. These sites sometimes overcome this by stating: Click here ...
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What is a better term for “un-pause”

I'm working on an application where users have a list of items to be reminded of (short explanation, but good enough). Users can pause items that they don't want to be reminded of, but they also need ...
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Do android users press the menu button?

I want to add a new function to my android application, but am a little bit confused in deciding where exactly to display the functionality. I can either show it as a button in the application or add ...
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Red buttons in an e-commerce site?

I'm designing an e-commerce site with red buttons. It has a yellow/white background and it looks quite good that way. Now, my boss finds the same, he likes it, but he is doubtful, because red could ...
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How to modify an image to make it clear it's an image (and not a clickable button.)

The image has a button in it, as we're referencing another part of the site to show customers what they can expect, and what to look out for site-wide. What is a good way to modify the image to ...
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Combine load and save button into one button?

I'm having a configuration GUI, and want to enable the user to export the settings into a file and load that file later (or on a different computer). My dialog has several options, and is rather ...
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Modal window action buttons, top or bottom

Scenario: File upload process for a website on desktop(not mobile) launches a modal window. Question: Would it be better to place action buttons at the top or at the bottom of the window. Pros & ...
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The logic behind having an OK button and Apply button

Moving back to desktop land after being drunk with mobile interfaces, desktop dialogs almost always have these three buttons: OK Apply Cancel A close button. This pattern seems to occur on both ...
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Is it worth using '>>' or similar marks on buttons?

I'm preparing wireframes for a huge company, and wondering if I should use '>>' or simply '>' on buttons for emphasis! (if yes which?) What do you think? Or do you have any other idea, how to ...
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Multiple primary actions

I'm designing a modal popup which consists of a form where the user can fill a textarea with a comment, and a set of buttons that represent the primary and secondary actions the user can take. A ...
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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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close button on the left or right side? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the important aspect to consider when deciding where windows interaction buttons should be placed? From a ux point of view, does it make a difference if the ...
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Are Save buttons still necessary in web applications?

There seems to be a growing trend with online applications to save data/progress automatically. In many cases where an interruption to the connection or service is quite likely, it is definitely a ...
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Primary Action Button Colors

There was some debate at my current place of employment regarding the order of primary buttons. In this case, a user has taken action to remove a user. There is a small call to action that launches ...
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Save & Continue Button

In the app I am working on the user is presented with a list of item on the left and a panel contained with input fields on the right. The user will navigate the list and edit pricing criteria for ...
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Buttons placement convention in Android

Is there any convention of placing positive buttons on the right and negative on the left in Android. I know for dialog boxes this is preferred as opposed to this because its more intuitive But ...
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Order of physical controls: volume down, volume up, mute

My speaker has 3 physical buttons in this order: volume down volume up mute I find the order quite illogical, I would expect: volume up volume down mute Is there any convention on the ...
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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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Showing the status of an action on a button

I have an application that can synchronize content between a website and a social network. with a button you can turn on and off the synchronization. the user needs to see the status (sync on or off) ...
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What could be an alternative for “Share this post with my network!” in a social application?

What could be an alternative word implying Share this post to my network! for use in a social application ?
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How to make a button look disabled

Hopefully this isn't too specific for here. I have the following button image that I use on my site Here's an example with text: This is rendered using the following CSS: input.borderlessButton ...