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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Usability studies on navigation of mobile websites

I recently experienced serious usability with a website I have done using twitter bootstrap. When accessing the website on a phone, specially older users did not recognize the 3 horizontal lines ...
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Color of destructive primary button

In our app we use green buttons to signify primary actions (located on the right, but that's a whole different discussion) and grey buttons to denote secondary actions ('Cancel'). For example: The ...
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Save & Add New, Save & Close, Save, Done, Cancel

This is something I've been struggling with, because there seems to be a lack of standard for it (as far as I can tell). There are two scenarios. Save & Close and Save & Add New We are ...
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user flow using a feedback button

Suppose I have a mobile app which asks users for their feedback on the app. The feedback button is located on the main screen at the bottom of the list (the app is built with a list). After the user ...
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How can I display a tri-state button that displays the current state?

Ideally it would allow for a one-click change from any one state to any other state. Currently, I have a button that displays the current state. When you click on it, it just cycles through all the ...
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How to avoid repetitive actions in table rows?

We have a table with data and actions on each row like so: Name Email Description Actions James james@gmail.com Desc 1 Edit Export ...
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How should 'Quit', 'Save Draft', and 'Continue' be positioned on mobile web?

Note: Due to the constraints of this project, I can only touch the CSS. Basically, we're being hacky and styling this desktop site so that it's halfway usable on mobile. I'm working on a web app ...
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Hiding less used buttons on Android

This is the workflow I am addressing and I'm looking for some feedback on the approach. A user can perform the following functions: Add Allergy (takes user to a form to fill out the details and ...
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Is the “X” close Button sufficient or should there be a close Option in a Menu?

Is it enough to only have the "X" Button in the upper right corner for closing an Desktop-Application, or is it necessary to provide an Close option in the Menubar (File->Exit)?
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Should we force users into providing feedback before dismissing an action item?

Say we have a list of items which are 'action items', in the sense that each item represents a task for the user. The list is compiled automatically in a way resembling a news-feed - there is some ...
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Submit button permanently disabled or invisible?

I have an app in which we submit multiple surveys for reporting with one submit button. The only way to undo the action is to unsubmit each individual survey. This would allow the "submit" function to ...
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save, save as, load, reload buttons

I need to add those 4 buttons: Save (the current settings) Save as (a new setting files) Load (a new setting files) Reload (reset the settings to the last saved) I don't know how to graphically ...
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Settings button at the top or bottom of the screen?

If the settings don't need to be changed very often, but need to be very accessible when they need to be, is there any reason for putting them at the top instead of the bottom of the screen (or vice ...
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Best practices for multiple buttons

I need some help with the layout of multiple buttons/links that have to be laid out in a row. The delete button is furthest from the others in order to avoid error, but I will have a confirmation ...
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Toggle Buttons vs Tabs

What are the problems with using toggle buttons instead of of tabs? I have a design where action buttons and tabs share the same row. I have 1 row with action buttons in it. In this same row I will ...
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Bold font on buttons? [closed]

I'm used to the buttons with in bold. They need to attract attention. And bold font style is one way. But, I've heard that sometimes such text looks awful (for example, Mac?). In bootstrap 3 font on ...
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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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Signal Strength or Connection Speed icon [closed]

We have a stand alone application on our site that uses realtime video/audio. We are in the process of adding a connection speed icon but it seems we have some disagreements on the icon that should be ...
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Segmented/Split “Save | As” Button?

Background: I have an application that has several "Save As" options in addition to "Save". This is a web application without a menu bar (just a button area at the top of the interface). The ask: ...
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What are the implications of different button sizes?

What are the implications of different button sizes in terms of what the designer is trying to convey to the user and what the user is implying as to the function of the button? For example, does a ...
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Selectable items change size as they are loaded

How do you make a usable selection list when each item in the list varies wildly in size and takes a long time to load? We have a list where the user can select a piece of code to display on a web ...
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Hide Controls Until Usable

I have a drop down box where the first item is blank indicating they haven't selected anything yet and then it's filled with other choices. There is also an insert button beside the drop down. The ...
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Edit button text in Modal Dialogue: Save or Edit

We're creating an app and my research on UX puts me into the mindset that 'a button text must be a verb that describes its function' So i have created a jQuery modal box and an edit modal box (which ...
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Is it acceptable to paste text automatically?

I have a mobile app with a new-data-object form where you enter an URL and some other (non-textual) settings. The most common way to enter the URL is to paste it from the address bar of the browser. ...
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What would be the best actions to attach to an Android phone's buttons when I don't really need them?

I have developed an app that works on Android devices and iPhones. I went to great lengths to ensure that the interface is exactly the same on both systems. However, one significant difference that I ...
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Using the logo as the About button

This is obviously something that the user doesn't need to see very often, but something that management or sales might have strong opinions about. In a desktop application the user is probably ...
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Submit and Reset button, what's the best order?

In a form with a Submit and a Reset button and the end, what's the best order for the user experience ? Submit first ? Or Reset first ?
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Placement of Previous / Next / Save

Disclaimer: Many questions have been asked on this general topic, so apologies if this is a duplicate, but I think this is distinct from the existing questions. I am designing a five step form. The ...
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Is it better to have a “new” button in the action bar or in the list?

I'm designing an Android app and I'm not sure which is the best place to put my 'Create New Object' button. I originally placed the button in the action bar but a coworker said that it felt too ...
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How to best assign primary and secondary styles for multiple functional buttons?

I have a page that opens to a search bar with a search button beside it. On hitting the search button, a listing will appear below that section. There's a button at the bottom to submit after ...
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Studies about button placement to download reports?

Would it be more natural for the user to click under the text area or in a centralized area of actions. In our example at http://www.bruxzir.com/science-bruxzir-zirconia-dental-crown/, we have ...
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Is the “Three Toggle” button on Bothsider easy for users to understand?

Combining two separate toggle buttons (follow/unfollow + another for whether that "follow" is public/private) seems like an elegant solution to the spacing and aesthetic problems of having two ...
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Placement of form-related action controls

My partner and I are adding a new feature to our website, specifically one that allows a system administrator to email users of the system directly from an existing 'admin' screen. We are debating the ...
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iOS navigation bar buttons design considerations

I have some questions regarding the buttons placed in a navigation bar that I don't know if actually meet the iOS Human Interface Guidelines: 1) I'll need a button at the right side of the nav bar ...
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What Is the Best Approach To Minimalist Buttons (Icons)?

My web app, like most, is trying to utilize as much space as possible by trying to use an icon as a button to perform specific tasks. I have quite a few that would make for a pretty obscure button, ...
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Is a “View” button necessary?

We have a table and on each of the rows, there's a set of actions possible. For example: Name | Date | Actions Mike 1-Jul-13 View Add Detail Delete Do we still need to put ...
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Why is the “Record” icon always round and usually red?

I've been wondering why the symbol for 'record' is universally (AFAIK - has anyone seen exceptions?) a circle and usually red. Cameras, VCRs, voice recorders, smartphones, web apps... I've seen cases ...
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Why do most microwaves have a “Popcorn” button?

I can't imagine that the usage level of popcorn substantiates its special treatment on a microwave's user interfaces – at least any more emphasis than other common foods. Removing this (and other ...
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Color of “Download application” button

We have mobile applications both for iOS and Android. There also is the site, supporting the application. We have put 2 buttons on our site for downloading application. We did like it usually is done: ...
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Is the notion of “like”ing content too closely tied of Facebook?

We are implementing a "like" feature on our web product, but we want to avoid being tied or compared to Facebook. While our functionalities differ vastly, we do utilize a "news feed" style of content ...
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What are your views on having a button that says “Don't click this button”?

Yes, I know it sounds ridiculous but let me explain what I want to do! The app that I work on is quite massive but also quite out of date in terms of the front-end. The worst thing about the app is ...
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Original design choice of back and forward directions?

There are numerous of evidence around us where forward and backward directions are predetermined. As if they are a conscious choice we all know. At least this in true in left-to-right reading ...
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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 a standard Visual design effect to indicate default button?

What is an example of a standard (easily recognized) visual effect to indicate which button is the default ("if in doubt, click this"). In my application, the buttons are in a column (necessary b/c ...
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Default cursor on mouse over of a button is not a hand pointer

Why is the default cursor an arrow when you hover over an HTML <button>? I always thought that arrows let you select stuff, but hands let you execute an action. Since buttons execute actions, ...
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Search - Two Buttons

I'm working on a site that needs to have the ability to search News (within the portal) and the entire web. This is an option that my colleague came up with. It doesn't seem right to have two buttons ...
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How can I decide whether to use a button or a hyperlink? [duplicate]

I have web page that shows the detail information for a parcel of land. You can do the following things from the page. I included an image with the current setup. return to results show an ...
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Toggle Buttons “Turn On” vs “Enable” [duplicate]

For about a year now, we've used toggle buttons on a couple of segments of our site. We try to be very consistent in our user interfaces, always using the same blue button styles for every clickable ...
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How to display multiple options for settings page using icons?

Question For a mobile app, how should we display multiple options (say, 20 options are available) in a settings page using icons? Example: Fig.1: All Options in One Screen Activity. All ...
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What's a better label for the traditional “Browse…” button for selecting files to upload?

I've been working on an advanced file uploader, complete with folders and animated progress bars, and wanted to improve the vague "browse" button generally used for launching a file selector window. ...