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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How to get people to click on the G+1 button

I would like my visitors to click on the G+1 Google plus button. What is the best way to achieve that - where should the button be located? Would adding it to the order confirmation page after a ...
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Back button placement on tablets and smartphones

Considering modern tablets and smartphones, why do some manufacturers (for example, Samsung and Lenovo) place back capacitive button on the right side, while the major trend is to place this button on ...
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Why did early telephones use a rotary dial instead of 10 individual buttons?

I was watching a video of little kids trying to figure out how to use a rotary phone, and it was not immediately clear to any of them how the rotary mechanism was supposed to work. That got me ...
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A case against multi-colored navigation buttons

I am trying to find some evidence against multi-colored navigation links, however it seems to be surprisingly hard to find.. perhaps not so many people have come up with the "innovative" idea of ...
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Should a tooltip on a stateful widget describe the current-state or next-click-action?

What should be presented in a simple tooltip when hovering over a stateful widget, such as a button like the up/down vote and star buttons on this question? Is it important to describe the current ...
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Maximum length of a UI element string [closed]

I generally keep it as a good rule of thumb that if a UI element contains text that is longer than 20 characters (and is not an input field), then the contained characters should be a tooltip rather ...
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Should words in buttons or titles start with a capital? [duplicate]

I am currently in the process of creating an iOS application, and I was wondering about capitalization of buttons and titles. For example, should a button say "Add Post" or "Add post". If I look at ...
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How to indicate this button/link opens a new tab

This isn't involving external links, but rather within a "single page app", we have some report buttons that should logically open their report in another tab (for printing, different layout, etc...) ...
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Should we use 'Title Case' or 'Sentence case' for headlines and buttons?

I am wondering if we should use Title Case or Sentence case for buttons and headings in websites and web/mobile apps? Title Case:     Sentence Case:     In Yahoo's UI ...
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Why does the close (cross) button in Windows gets special attention?

In Windows's window even if you don't hover on the close (cross) button it always stays red. But the minimize or restore button is transparent, if you hover then it will become blue. So why does this ...
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close button for item details page

In the web application we're developing we have lists of items in which items can be clicked to access an item-details page. The list disappears, the browser navigates to a separate url that displays ...
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Colors and labels on buttons that reflect state

I recently read the "Should 'Yes, delete it' be read or green" (Should "Yes, delete it" be red, or green?) thread and was impressed with the responses. I'm currently having a very similar ...
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Buttons in the “tab area” of a page control

Is it OK to put buttons (or a toolbar) in the "tab area" of a page control? In the example above, the number of tabs is fixed. The rationale behind this is to "save space". However. It "feels" ...
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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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“Revert to Default” UI element

In the settings dialog of our Windows desktop application, the user can type or select a certain (template) file. If nothing is specified, the application falls back to the default. This is indicated ...
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Is red an acceptable colour for a submit button on a form for a purchase or booking?

I have been drafted in to provide UX feedback on a recently completed website. One point I made was that red was not a suitable colour for a positive action, i.e. completing a form. The reply cited ...
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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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Why are the two buttons on the apple TV remote shaped differently (Menu & Play/Pause)

On the apple TV remote, I have realized that the two buttons have a different physical design. The menu button goes invward (convex) and the play/pause one is flatter/goes more outward. I tried to ...
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Should an applied filter involve a data refresh?

Let's assume a page displaying a list of activities. They are some "Sport", some "Cinema" etc... To the Left of the list, there is a special column allowing user to filter displayed data. I'm ...
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Icon design for “I´m going” and “I´m interested” buttons

I am developing an Android application to display a list of upcoming events nearby. When click on a list item, the application display some event info, and also two buttons: The first button ...
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Change Password Button Alignment - Left / Aligned to input cell / Right? Why?

We are designing a Change password box in our web app. This is part of the "Account page" - not in a dialog. Where does it feel the most natural to place the "Change Password" button in this case? ...
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Buy Now Button Styling Best Practices? (Font, Color, Shape)

We are having a debate on the design of an e-commerce website about the buy now button. I would appreciate your feedback and would be very grateful for a link backing up your opinion. How different ...
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Should “Learn More” CTA be used as a link or button?

Does it make sense to use "Learn More" as a button to expand more contents? See example: http://www.starbucksstore.com/coffee/coffee,default,sc.html Some of my colleagues argue that after you've ...
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How does Windows 7 Aero taskbar determine button hover-state background colour [closed]

This has intrigued me for quite some time. Does anyone know the algorithm Windows 7 Aero uses to determine the colour to use as the mouse-tracking hover highlight on taskbar buttons for ...
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Is it relevant to use “switches” buttons in non-mobile app?

I want to use this kind of UI elements in my web app. They look nice and they don't lake a lot of place in the layout. I don't see them often beside mobile app, is it a good idea to use them for ...
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Should button icons enlarge on hover?

Context: I had done the creative for a web application and sent it to the front end developer to take care of. He took the initiative about 1 aspect that I'm unsure about how it effects users. I ...
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Is there any reason to use buttonsets over radio buttons / dropdown pickers?

In more websites I see, when there are small number of choices, people using button sets instead of a list of regular radio buttons. and dropdown pickers. Is there any reason for this trend? ...
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Actions and navigation buttons in the same toolbar?

In our application, each view has a title bar and a toolbar. The toolbar contains two types buttons: Actions: e.g. Create new project, action is performed in the same view Navigation links, e.g. Go ...
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Form with both save and submit buttons

I am working on a Web application that consists of a number of forms. Each form can be edited and the user can elect to save their work so far and come back to resume at any time. However, once the ...
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Round vs Rectangular Buttons

Is there any published, statistical data or scientific papers that show if round buttons are more likely to be tapped than traditional rectangular buttons? By round buttons I mean circles, not ...
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Button Styling to Indicate Severity of Action?

I am designing a multi-page form for creating course proposals at a university. Once the record for the proposal is created, the user has a variety of different options for what to do for the ...
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public transit bus stop and door buttons

Not directly software related, I wonder about UX design in public transit busses. In Germany, some time ago there was a simple system in public transit busses: If the bus was quite empty, and no one ...
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Would putting a submit button at the top of a long form be usable?

I have a form with 3 long columns of checkboxes where the user needs to check whatever options she/he needs. Sortening the amount of checkboxes is not an option Im afraid. Our users are mostly in the ...
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Volume controls: Why is left down and right up?

I see a lot of people discuss the order of buttons (e.g., should OK be on the left and cancel on the right? or submit button on the left or right?) but something that I wonder: Why do volume ...
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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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How to choose between “show” and “display” something?

English is not my native language but "show" and "display" seems very similar to me. I work on a Web Application and I don't know if it's better to use "show" or "display" in my UI. I need to use ...
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Mobile menu button partially hidden or fully displayed?

rSo what are your thoughts on partially hidden menu buttons? More and more I seem to find this: replacing this: My opinion: PROS: eye-catching hints that menu is hidden on the left CONS: ...
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Float button position

I have a register form where the user can select the type of registration, for example, 'Solo Artist' and 'Band', when the user select one of them the register form is loaded ('Register' button is at ...
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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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Where to use the default cursor and pointer cursor in button and label?

In google drive i found some buttons and labels are found to be inconsistent in cursors. Are there commonly accepted conventions as to default cursors and pointer cursors in web and desktop ...
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Task Feedback Screen - Multiple Choice

I'm designing a feedback screen for a task management system. I require the user to tell the system if they have completed the task or not: If they have completed the task the "How did you find the ...
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Correct use of Ribbons in Windows program

I need some advice on the correct use of Ribbons in desktop applications. The program I'm working on is for a clinic, I have done a simple mockup below to make it easier to visualize. My client wants ...
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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 can you change a poor design without alienating experienced users?

I work for a company that produces a large, 13-year-old web application. Lately, I've taken on the task of trying to get some kind of User Experience guidelines going for the system - something that ...
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What should be taken into account when designing easily identifiable symbols?

I am currently designing a website with multiple filters. The first set will be Food, Shelter, Energy, Transport and Economy. Each of these will have five sub-sections and then there will be a long ...
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Why do many/most (Android) phones have the power button opposite the volume buttons?

I have just bought a Nexus 5 phone. I love the phone, but like my previous two phones it gives me grief when turning the thing on or off. The problem is that the power button is almost directly ...
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Is it ok to disable the next button until all of the required fields on a wizard form have been completed? [duplicate]

I'm considering disabling the next and done buttons on my wizard until all of the required fields on the corresponding step have been completed. My first thought is that if something shouldn't be ...
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Many buttons on the page, ways to improve?

I have many buttons on the page (see the image below). You can perform an action on every item using these buttons. Is there any ways to improve this? I was thinking a lot, but can't find a good way ...
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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 ...