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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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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Is it still a good practice to have a “Go Back” button? [duplicate]

Is it still necessary to put a "Go Back" button? Or do users already intuitively know that they can use the browser's back function instead? I just feel it can be an unnecessary "action" to put and ...
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What is the best practice for multiple button placement and emphasis?

Usually, we only have 2 buttons at the bottom of a form or a page that requires an action: Submit & Cancel. This one is quite easy to style. However, what if we are dealing with multiple buttons ...
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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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Providing multiple paths/flows for the same Action

We are developing a complex platform with heavy functionality, and I am having a dilemma, concerning whether or not to add a button for the same functionality one-step earlier in the User Flow. As ...
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Can an OK button do nothing?

I guess the answer is probably "just be consistent" but if not I could use some fodder for arguments for and against. Here's the scenario A dialog box with a list of things to choose Something ...
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How to improve edit options for modules

I'm trying on improving my WordPress plugins UI and make it more intuitive. My plugin offers an editor to create newsletters. They are split into "modules" and every module has up to 6 options. This ...
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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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How to name message box buttons when asking whether to cancel something? [duplicate]

As a follow up to my previous question, I still do have an edge case where I do not know how to name my message box buttons. Currently I'm having something like that: Since I rather should use ...
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What is the use of a play icon with line next to it

We got a few general music player icons for playing and manipulating playlists. > = play tune >> = hold to move backwards in tune (or skip to next tune) << = hold to move forward in ...
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Action buttons for mobile — ok to go full width?

Is it acceptable to use full width mobile action buttons, say in the footer, like in the 1st example? It's nice and simple but I'm afraid users might mistake it for a regular footer. The 2nd example ...
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Is there a better label for the “OK” button in message boxes with just one button?

Having read "Should I use Yes/No or Ok/Cancel on my message box?", I do understand that message boxes with two or more buttons should use verbs instead of e.g. Yes and No. To further improve the user ...
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Correct ordering position for 'Yes', 'No' and 'Not now'?

What is the correct position for the 3 buttons: Yes - No - Not now (or Yes - No - Later) is it Yes - No - Not now or is it Yes - Not now - No This will be on a windows 7 windows application, on ...
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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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To what extent is it sensible to use filter and sort options together?

Working on an e-commerce shopping site, I am observing that the users first sort and then refine their results. Will providing both the options confuse the user?
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Should the current likes counter be inside the Like button?

I noticed that Facebook, Instagram and other well designed apps separate the Like and Comment buttons from their counts. Any ideas why they do not put the counter inside the button? Maybe have a split ...
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How to style a button - AJAX vs Hard Refresh?

When I'm casually surfing the internet, I stumble upon random buttons that I'm not really sure if they're going to open up a modal or just slide down a div so I just get scared of clicking them in ...
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Delete button placement? [duplicate]

I am currently working on an application that allows for massive data entry. With that data entry also come with a need to delete some of the entries. The flow of the application starts when a user ...
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Is the browser back button still the second most used navigation feature?

In 1999 Jakob Nielsen stated that "the Back button is the lifeline of the Web user and the second-most used navigation feature (after following hypertext links)". But the web has evolved since then, ...
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Change button for color input modes

I have this SWT widget (color picker) with label: By pressing the star button, color picker field transforms into code field, where you can write code: I am not satisfied with this "star ...
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Placement/order of buttons

I'm designing a form that will be used for posting an advertisement. The form will include the following buttons in its bottom section: Reset Preview Update I need advice regarding the ordering ...
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iOS multitasking closing is poorly designed? [closed]

I have a question about iOS's multitasking bar, and a design decision in it. If you double tap the homescreen to go into the multitasking ...
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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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What should be the difference between enabled and disabled buttons? (especially if they are grey)

What is the best way to show that a button is Enabled or Disabled? (especially if it has grey color) For example what do you feel about the following button? Is it enabled or disabled? How could it ...
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Should all button text start with a verb?

I'm reading The Grammar of Interactivity on UXBooth and finds it quite interesting. However, the article quotes David Hamill who said (or wrote): Buttons are for actions, like “Get a quote,” ...
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How should a website handle signup for two types of accounts?

For instance, say a site is for merchants and consumers; people should either sign up as a merchant or a consumer – they require two different forms located on different pages. From the home page, ...
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Social rating tool

I'm thinking of adding a like/favourite feature on my project but I'm currently finding it hard to choose a suitable social rating tool. I've spent days trying to think of an innovative rating tool, ...
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Who needs an external on/off Wi-Fi button?

It puzzles me that there are Laptops which are shipped with external physical Wi-Fi buttons. I see no real use of it, but it might have a historical explanation?! The only time one notice the external ...
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What are we calling the 3 lines button in mobile apps? [duplicate]

This button is appearing in many mobile apps and has the function of displaying off-screen menus, whether from the top of the screen or the side. When writing tutorials for example, what is a ...
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What reason could Nintendo have had for putting the A and B buttons the wrong way round?

When Nintendo brought out it's first game system, the NES, it had a controller with four buttons: Select Start A B However, somewhere, a designer, in their infinite wisdom, decided that the A and ...
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'X'-close button on iPhone

The default way of dismissing views in iOS is with Cancel or Done. However in this view I think Cancel uses to much space, which is better given to the search bar. What is your opinion? Is using X ...
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Placement of 'Cancel/Done/Home'-Button on iPhone modal view

I have a modal view in my iPhone app including a navigation bar with two buttons on the root view controller. A a button to dismiss the screen, also not sure which title to use calling it now the ...
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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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What should a toggle switch do when using a multi-select?

When an item in a list has one of two possible states, how should the toggle switch behave when items have been selected that have different states? Neither action is dangerous, but it may act on ...
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Sending a Search Form on mobile - keypad and / or call to action button

say you have a modal view with a simple form and a cancel-option. as soon as the user selects a field the keypad shows up and usually provides a "Send" or "Search" Button to send the form. is it ok ...
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Best principle to place button in alert dialog [duplicate]

For all alert dialogs with one or more buttons, which would be the best practice to place the buttons? Align left? Align right? Align Center? Please describe your reason for your choice! :) Tks!!
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why are circular buttons in software/websites so rarely used?

Why are circular buttons in software/websites so rarely used? Is it purely convention or are there usability reasons behind this?
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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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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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Adding a state to a control that indicates a row hasn't been saved yet

I'm working on a web application that users use to approve a bunch of items from a list. Imagine, say, an expense report that someone has to approve every item that's listed. Currently, the system ...
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Clarification on letter case in button text

I'm looking for clarification on the use of letter case. The two examples are: "Duplicate Search" vs "Duplicate search" this is in the context of performing a search of users in order to detect if ...
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de-emphasizing cancel

Is it a good idea to de-emphasize the cancel button? download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups vs. download bmml source
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Prefer buttons over text links when designing for mobile?

When designing for mobile, should one prefer buttons over text links whenever possible? I'm guessing buttons are better at encouraging tapping, whereas text links are increasingly becoming associated ...
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Should a form's style be left to the browser?

Instead of using CSS resets, I use Normalize.css, and I usually style an HTML form's containing elements such as input, label, textarea, etc. to the fullest extent. To make sure that the form's design ...
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What rules does Google use to make a button gray, blue, or red on their sites?

This has been an elusive topic, and I haven't yet been able to form my own conclusion about what Google's reasoning is to make a given button blue, red, or gray, given their latest design ethos. Take ...
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Evidence of Button-action and Link-action in the same scope?

When I started to know GUI in the early 1990s there were always the same type of control to perform an action of the same type, even though the action was different as in [OK] [Cancel] and [Yes] [No]. ...
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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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Equal Opportunities Button

I'm currently designing a form at the end of an application process to ask potential candidates to complete an Equal Opportunities form. (We are required by law to provide this) However I'm trying to ...
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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 ...