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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Is there a button configuration that would imply 2 or more options to the user?

My datagrid displays both wagons and locomotives tracked on a network. I find that I am often filtering out one of those types to display just the other and I would like to supply a wagon and a ...
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Not known - Yes - No Buttons

Imagine a form with a list of items (facilities - toilets, showers, etc.) where for each of them user can select whether the item exists (Yes), doesn't exist (No) or it's not known whether it exists ...
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How to know what should be a button and what should be a link? [duplicate]

I implemented a webpage that in practice was a dead end and it just said "Your registration is complete. Please press the button to go back." and there was a button to go back to the page from where ...
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Design recommendation for a button

I have a form in which the user requests a report to the system by clicking the Send Report Request button. The system then produces scheduled reports according to the interval the user selected ...
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Should a button behave differently when pressed a second time?

I display a map in my Android app, and on that map I have an icon button that's used to fetch the current device's location. The button is in the top-right corner in the image below, and the current ...
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Actionable form element size

I am not a UI designer by any means. I have noticed in the last year or two that important buttons/links...etc on many websites now have very big click zones. I must say that I appreciate it, as ...
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Should all links on a website be the same color?

I'm not a web designer and would like to know about link and button colors. About links Should all links be the same color, knowing that sometimes the background has different color so the links are ...
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Why did Google opt-out of hardware buttons for Nexus devices?

Are there any real UX reasons to remove hardware buttons from Android Nexus devices? In above Nexus 4 the bottom part is wasted space - won't adding buttons like menu/back/home make it more ...
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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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The missing “Folder Up” button in Windows Explorer in Vista and Win7

Windows XP had a "Folder Up" button in Windows Explorer. Whenever you want to go to a directory higher in the hierarchy, you just press it. Windows Vista and Windows 7 have a rather useful address ...
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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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“Clear all” button history

Has anybody ever used "Clear All" button on the page? Maybe someone know the history of this "magic" UI component. I opened my eyes after this answer.
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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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Must the buttons of a touch interface be round because of the shape of a finger?

On a touch device (tablet or smartphone for example), is it valid to say that the buttons must be round, because the end of my finger is round? More specifically, will the user understand more easily ...
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App icons borderless or on a button?

In an app, when using icons, we can have place it on a button, or have the icon borderless. I would think that having it on a button gives better affordance, but it seems that many reputable ...
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Is it a good idea to put the word “or” between buttons on a screen

If I have a dialog to display to the user it has a data item displayed, and 2 seperate actions that can be done to the object. So, it's a resource and we want the user to choose which process they ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What are some ways you can encourage people to read the Instructions?

We make educational software. Each Lesson has instructions. Sometimes the instructions are fairly obvious (Click the picture that matches the spoken word), sometimes they are more complicated : ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...