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 that Microphone or a Reset Button?

Have you ever poked a microphone thinking that is was a reset/eject button (the kind that require a paper clip to be used)? Why have companies (apparently) completely overlooked the need for a label? ...
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What should be the label/name of the button?

I have two sections in a user interface - "Top section" and "Bottom section" "Bottom section" - is a data grid with at least 100 rows x 100 columns. I guess the requirement is that when we change a ...
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What design should I use to represent multi-touch video controls?

I am creating app for multitouch devices which has big screen (22 inches and more). It would be application for presenting content (mainly video content) to people who would be passed through the room ...
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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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Why don't most elevator panels let you unselect?

We've all seen it in the movies where a kid will push all the buttons in an elevator. We've all likely done it - accidentally hit the wrong floor. There's no unselect after you select a floor in an ...
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An alternative to the Feedback side tab/peeking tab [closed]

I am trying to build a feedback widget similar to UserVoice or Get Satisfaction for my site. However, I do not want to use that same side tab button opener that they use. I am trying to think of ...
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Form validation and 'Save' button color

I'm displaying input validations on my form with a (!) (a white exclamation sign inside a red circle). Is it ok to make the Save button red (not as violently red as the circle, but some soft red ...
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Fixed Feedback button on the side of LEFT or RIGHT side of the window?

My start up [WEBSITE] is going to be launching in private beta soon and we're trying to decide where our feedback button/tab should go. We've looked at how UserVoice does theirs (bottom right) and ...
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A keyboard for developers? [closed]

Being a software developer, the keyboard is the most important tool to interact with the computer. Thus, the layout and placement of buttons is very essential. Especially the grouping of the ...
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Can I use “Prev” instead of “Previous” on a button?

We use Next/Previous buttons as controls in our image gallery. I'm in the process of implementing responsive design, so there is a limited amount of space that I can be used for these buttons. I'm ...
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How should I resolve the issue of smaller tappable area due to smaller buttons on iPad mini?

Now that iPad mini has been released, is there anything an UI designer needs to look out for? I understand that the resolution and screen ratio remains the same, and I've been hearing that no change ...
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Do users use Home or Back button to minimize their Android app?

I want to know if there's resarch on to what extent users use the Home button or the Back button when they want to minimize the app. I am very well aware that the "correct" way is to use the Home ...
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Why don't applications explain reason for greyed-out icons/menu options? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Don’t hide or disable menu items? I think applications should explain why an option of clickable icon is greyed-out i.e. not selectable or not active. For example a ...
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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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One button or two for sign up and log in?

What do you think? Should sign up and log in links be split into two buttons or is it OK to have them in one? N.B.: sign up form and log in form are on the same page. Thx, Alex
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Testing OK/Cancel buttons

Related: OK/Cancel on left/right? I have been looking in to whether OK/Cancel should be on left or right, and after looking at lots of views on each side it seems there are good reasons for both. I ...
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Buttons replacing a link for a consistent style

In general, I use buttons for ajax calls that update the UI but am thinking whether a button is a good metaphor for links also. I am using Twitter Bootstrap. Not a designer by trade and would like any ...
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Tooltip Verbage: “This will prevent changes” vs “Currently allowing changes”

I have a series of inputs used to allocate a large budget into smaller groups. Once a group is changed, the rest would auto-complete with the remaining budget percentage. We would like to be able to ...
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Hover state for Step-based navigation

I'm stumped on figuring out what the proper hover state for a step-based navigation workflow should be. The navigation appears below. There are 3 states. Completed, Active, and Not-Yet-Completed. The ...
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Where should I place this “continue shopping” button?

I working on the design of an ecommerce site and I was confused about the ideal placement for a continue shopping button when the user is presented with his cart page. I have three buttons on my page ...
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Positioning a secondary button within a form group with fields of varying widths

I have a simple form like so: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups The SMTP settings have a bunch of fields, so the field group is quite long. Some fields have ...
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Language switch graphical state current-language/available-languages

I'm building a website in two languages English/French. Most of the pages of the website are available in both languages. There is a switch (two flags) on top of the header of the website that ...
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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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Should the user be able to press disabled buttons on a touch screen?

I'm designing a touchscreen app and there are certain scenarios when the server cannot be reached, a printer is disabled, etc. that will disable a button (like the print button). My question is: if ...
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Is there a generally accepted icon for the “Submit” button? [closed]

I'm developing an Android application that presents the user with a search form, then presents a list of matching results after the query has been submitted. The results will be displayed on a ...
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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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What menu strip items and other controls deserve their own icon?

I'm creating an application which has buttons and menu strips everywhere. I have icons for nearly object (from icons to menu strips). The problem is, I want my application to be professional and ...
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Best Place for a Back Button on a 7" Tablet Menu

I'm currently building the interface of an Android Tablet digital restaurant menu. The user is going to be able to navigate between categories and dishes lists and navigate back as well. I'm finding ...
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Which colors would best convey 3 difficulty levels?

I'm making a baby toy/game to learn numbers and I have a menu with 3 buttons. The first button enters "learn mode", the second button is an easy quiz, and the third button is a medium quiz. Are there ...
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Why is the close button in the title bar red in Windows 7?

Perhaps to prevent users from closing the window or application inadvertently? But is it also a distraction because the color of red stands out? Any insights?
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Best Practices: Location of close button in a modal [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the important aspect to consider when deciding where windows interaction buttons should be placed? I've been seeing a lot of modal windows lately, some which ...
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Should the “reset” option be a button or a link in crm?

I'm having to make the page as it was in the initial state, and this includes having a form reset link or button. Should the reset be a button or a link?
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Choosing between a default option and an occasional alternative action

I have an Outlook macro at work which pops up a panel every time you send an email, asking whether you'd like to file that email into various public folders. This is useful and we use it all the time ...
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Two-Step Operations and Button Conventions

Our web application has three different operations that proceed as follows: The user is presented with a popup where different settings are selected. The user can click on a button labeled with the ...
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Should we show/hide/disable functional buttons based on state? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should disabled options ever be hidden? I'm currently working with a project team that has a requirement to make additional reports/data available to end-users with a ...
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Buttons for showing None, Some or All of list

I have a set of list headings eg. List One (24) List Two (34) etc. and I want to start with them collapsed, but allow the user to view the first 10, or expand to view all. So, I have setup so the ...
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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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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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Is it worth using '>>' or similar marks on buttons?

I'm preparing wireframes for a huge company, and wondering if I should use '>>' or simply '>' on buttons for emphasis! (if yes which?) What do you think? Or do you have any other idea, how to ...
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A button with a link: understandable or confusing?

I'm working on a design of a touchscreen version of some web application. Since it's a touchscreen I would like all clickable elements to be rather big and easy to tap (it's a simple kiosk, so ...
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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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iPad specific button UX question (rating/feedback interaction system)

TL;DR : how would you design better buttons than my 5 buttons for "I disagree" / Neutral / "I agree" feedback ? I am doing an iPad application used by participants of an event during a presentation, ...
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Follow button change text after click

im making an app that has a follow button for events. i would like to indicate how many followers there are but have limited room. what are your thoughts on the following: any ideas or suggestions? ...
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Inactive State of buttons, to hide or not to hide…that is the question

On a windows based LOB application for data capturing. Is it better to hide a button completely when it is inactive, or simply show a disabled state for the button.
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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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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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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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Should a flash message be used for toggle buttons that perform actions immediately?

I have a simple interface for managing a user's account in a web app. Clicking each button in the interface performs the action immediately: download bmml source – Wireframes created with ...
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Proper term for conjoined choice buttons

I'm thinking of using a set of "conjoined choice buttons" to let the user filter a table of highscores. It would look sort of like this: _______________________________ ( ##EVERYONE##| FRIENDS | ...
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Why do most dashboards use capital words?

Most car manufacturers seem to use ALL CAPS for the interiors's buttons and switches, at least when they are not using symbols. Example: They even use capitals for things that are not even ...