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 call to action to use on a button that sends an e-mail with order details?

On a website you can use your e-mail address to view your current order status. No personal identifiable information is displayed. However, you can let the website resend the full order confirmation ...
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Correct terminology for that circle/bubble with number of notifications in it?

Some applications will overlay some colored bubble/circle with a number to show how many unread messages/notifications or "things to do" are currently available. For instance, it's on Skype to show ...
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How necessary is it to point out your call to action so obviously on a simple site?

I am trying to figure out, especially for returning users, the value of pointing out a way to add input to a site. Facebook and Google+ both have placeholder text and placement of the input for status ...
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Toggle FIND button to OK in Find dialog when search result shown

We have a search dialog that has a criteria pane at the top, and a result pane at the bottom. We have placed the FIND button between the two panes in the dialog, but in practice people are expecting ...
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When to include an Apply button?

In a dialogue box, when do you use an Apply button? Is it correct to assume that the Apply button will only save the changes without closing the dialogue? Does it represent an advantage? Why is ...
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Do pull down buttons confuse users about the actions they perform?

Pull down buttons (if that's their official name) are starting to pop up here and there. For example, if you look at Eclipse it seems that almost everything is a pull down button. Personally I find ...
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Disabled buttons while long running task

My application has a toolbar and a lot of buttons on it. Some buttons start a long running processes(tasks). At this moment every task executes asynchronously to allow user to do something else while ...
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Arrow-border vs open-border for currently selected item in a vertical menu

Arrow border: Open border: Which gives a better user experience, and why?
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Where should the “clear search results” button be?

I have a page that allows a user to filter/search the content on that page by using keywords: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups As the user types in the ...
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Price plan table with multiple payment options

I have a pricing plan table with multiple payment options. I'm not sure whether it is best to place the pricing options in a drop-down (and fire off the submit on the "onchange" event) or simply have ...
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Should user be notified about technically unavailable features?

I'm going to implement a non-essential feature on a website. This feature will not be available for all browsers and, therefore, all users. Should I just hide the button that activates it? Or should ...
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How to layout buttons/bars alongside a dynamically sized table?

I have a table of data with a dynamic number of rows. It could have none, one, or a hundreds. The width is fixed across the web page and it has a fixed number of columns: 9. Along with this I ...
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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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How to indicate that settings have been modified?

A button ("Filter by") allows the user to select a subset of all choices. After the user configures a filter, how should I indicate that a filter has been configured? I've thought about adding text ...
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Select numerical value with +/- buttons or manually entering?

The design I'm working on has the user assigning a value to each Item, then if the value is more than 1, a second dependent attribute appears (as shown). I want the numbers to be large and not default ...
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Is it good practice to have a change contrast or higher contrast buttons for users?

Is it good practice to have a change contrast or higher contrast buttons for users? As depending on the vision problem users may need different contrast conditions for comfortable reading. Some sites ...
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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 ...
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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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Are my thumbs up and thumbs down buttons clear enough for the user? [closed]

They are basically like the the ones you see in Digg. I also thought about using arrows (like in StackExchange sites), but I think people are more used to thumbs these days (due to Youtube, ...
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How would you represent “easy”?

I'm working on an app that requires someone to rate the how they did at recalling an item (to which they are shown the correct answer before they rate the item). The three options are: wrong, right, ...
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Why does the Google +1 button not change to a -1 once clicked?

When you +1 something on Google or Google+, the +1 button becomes red and clicking this red button will remove your +1 in the post. Why was it designed like this? Changing the button color to red ...
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When is it okay to hide actions until triggered by a rollover event?

I'm having a hard time articulating to my team what doesn't sit right with me on this design. Here is one of our prototypes: http://50.56.241.135/prototype/pin/feed_unsubscribe.html For one thing, ...
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social share buttons best position

If you go to any site with content you will have social share buttons. I was wondering where would you consider the best position for social buttons. I saw 3 approaches: bottom of the content page ...
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Should “Delete” or other critical action buttons be emphasized or de-emphasized?

Should "Delete" buttons or other critical buttons be marked with more emphasis or should actually go unnoticeable? For instance which of these is the best practice when making a "Delete" or perhaps ...
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Recommended button sizes on web pages

What are the current usability guidelines for the size of buttons (or anything clickable) on web pages?
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Symbol for long touch button?

Long touch has become a common input action on touch devices. Does anyone know of any sign or symbol that means "this only responds to long touch?" On all the long touch uses I've seen you have to ...
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Is a cancel button really needed in a form in a page?

I have a form, which is on a page of its own - it's a huge one, and one of the internal reviewers recommended to add a cancel button to it. I am just trying to figure out if a cancel button is ...
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When to change wording in an existing system

We're adding to our Wordpress site a forum called simple-press, and are tweaking the UI and the UX a little. One of the things that our designer wants to change is the wording on the submit button on ...
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What is best practice for button labels?

What is the best practice when you're labeling your app buttons? For example, I have a button that links the user to the product reports page, will the button say "View Product Reports" or just ...
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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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Ideal location for a donate button?

I am working on a website for a non profit and they anticipate the need to have a donate button in the near future.In that context,I was revisiting the site architecture and I was wondering about ...
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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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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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showing buttons on hover?

Lately I have noticed that a lot of websites are displaying a delete "X" when you hover over that specific panel. I have been thinking whether or not this was very usable for the user because there is ...
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Origin of “big green button”?

I found meme about big green button. When people visit download sites (like software directories, file hosting sites, torrents, etc) after completing reading page title and deciding to download they ...
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Links or button to open a modal window over a datatable

I work in a usability team and in our applications we allways use links to open new pages (navigation), and a buttons to do an action, submit a form, for instance. But now we face a dilema: we have a ...
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how to indicate to click on title for more information

im designing an app and am having trouble indicating to the user to click on the business name('candys' in this case) for more information. clicking shows details like contact details, website etc. ...
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Assume success and show response immediately or wait for a response from the server?

All over my CMS I have buttons that toggle something on or off by sending an ajax request, updating the db, and then changes state and value of the button on success. Very basic "ajax" and "toggle". ...
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Whether to use pointer (hand) over a button or just the default cursor

Gmail uses the pointer on mouse over of a button, while many of other websites uses a hand So I am wondering which kind of cursor is more friendly to users (on web applications), or it just ...
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Is there any attempt to standardize a “cancel” action in elevator buttons?

I live in a country where only a few (I've heard of 2 or 3) elevators has the option to toggle back a pressed button in order to cancel the request. Of course, I'm waiting for all elevator buttons ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Where to place a delete button in a modal

Currently in our application we have tables of information that give you some of the most important data and them we have a view more link that pops open a modal dialog and gives the user all of the ...
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Alternative way to display too many buttons

I'm working with a user who wants to have everything at a push of the button. When viewing a record, he wants big buttons across the top of the screen to return to the search, return to the search ...
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What cues signal an unchecked state?

The key action on a page is selecting "I'm in" (meaning "I'm committed", which can also be deselected). The logical choice of controls is a checkbox: [ ] I'm in I'd like to give this action ...
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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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Does a visual “Active” state on a button improve affordance?

I've noticed some web sites neglect adding an "active" state on certain buttons or links; the visual effect when the button is pressed, usually making the button look like it's being pushed in ...
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“Edit” button in a grid

I have an Intranet application that displays a grid. Every row of the grid is editable. Which option is more user intuitive: Having an "Edit" button at the end of each row. Have one "Edit" button ...
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Icon based buttons or Color based buttons which is more UI attractive and Friendly

I am seeing websites increasingly switching to color based buttons and interaction elements rather than icon based is this a trend or do they have reasons behind the switch? For example see the ...