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 is the optimum button size of touch screen applications?

There was a not so recent blog post about the ideal button size of touch screen control sizes (sorry there is no link, the website is now a spam trap) that was based on the study form the MIT touch ...
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Dialog box button behavior based on state

I have a dialog that upon opening performs some data validation (none of the data visible). The dialog is determining whether an action can be taken or not. The dialog has only two buttons - OK and ...
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Putting mouse pointers on graphic buttons. Good or bad UX?

When the design of the button has a mouse pointer on it, some might say users will be more attentive to the button if they see the cursor and think it is theirs. Others will suggest this is a ...
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Radio buttons or Toggle switch for one out of two options?

I am a bit confused on what should be used when you have to select one option out of the two possible options. Working on a touch screen interface For ex 1- Selecting a Tax type in a retail store, ...
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Using Image as button in Windows Form

I am making an application using Windows Form and it will be used on a tablet that mainly use touch/tap for input. Is it okay if I am using Image for buttons? Like using image for add, save, delete, ...
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UX: Whats the difference between Save and Apply Buttons?

Can we use both Save and Apply buttons on same dialog box? Looks like the apply button does not have a common meaning for users. For example: I have a global setting and local settings for items ...
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Help on placing controls

I need some help on placing usercontrols for a financial app I'm working on (It's WPF but it's not relevant) I've created this wireframe I thinks this approach is an old style... and I need some ...
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Redundant to have “add” and “save” button when adding choices from a list?

On StackExchange, when you want to add a community to your account, you go into the upper left corner, click on the pull down, and click "edit" next to the "Your Communities" text. Then you start ...
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Is there a reason for drawing Material Design flat buttons like plain text?

In the MD specifications are listed two types of buttons: flat buttons raised buttons the flat buttons are usually with black text, making them look like simple not clickable text (for someone). ...
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Why the hardware button of mobile devices is not placed at the front?

The button at the bottom front of iPod/iPhone/iPad/Samsung is great UX. Why other mobile manufacturers don't offer such a button at the front as well? Most smartphones have a hardware button on the ...
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What is the most easily understood message for “View More” for a table cell?

I have a cell in a table that is holding some data that can be exceptionally long. I have to crop the data and only display the first ~40 or so characters, and I'd like to add a link or button below ...
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web design function / navigation / action

I joined a project in which a web application product (SaaS) is maintained. It manages repeat payments to payees. Now there are a set of actions: request an off-cycle payment, show payment history, ...
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On an application that does heavy calculations, with underterminate progress indicator, should we have a cancel button?

The application I'm working on performs very heavy calculations. Right now we're using an undeterminate spinner. I go nuts from this and can imagine our users get even more annoyed with it. I thought ...
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What is the best location for the “Add New Button”?

I have a list of records. A new record will be added on a regular basis, but only one record at a time. Having trouble deciding on the best location for the "Add New Button". Clicking on the button ...
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Can you start your button CTA with “A” or “The?”

The site that I am working on, a design guideline is already set that we don't use radio buttons as a selection tool, but always use buttons for such a choice. For example, "Are you a member of this ...
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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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Is the purpose of these buttons conflicting?

My users are to pick out a view of data for tables and graphs through a button panel, but I suspect this one button might be too confusing. Now, actually using the control panel feels very easy, ...
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Confirmation Yes/No button pattern [duplicate]

I have 2 questions. Can we ask the user in a confirmation dialog, "Do you really want to discard changes?" Is this the right way to ask? Also, can the YES/NO options be replaced by Yes, I want to/No, ...
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Table with actions per row

One of the pages in our web app includes a table that typically has a few dozen rows for each user, and it takes most of the page's width (5-8 columns). For each row, users can perform 3 possible ...
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Does the position of icons in buttons affect the user?

I sometimes get in a bit of a muddle around which is the best position for an icon within a button i.e. left of the text or right of it. I was wondering if there is an easy way to determine the best ...
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Which option is better for changing mode? two-part toggle switch or one button that changes state on press?

Which option is better for a tool that can edit a website visually? A two-part toggle switch. A button that changes the state (and the label on the button changes when the mode changes so that the ...
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What's the point of a “Read full story” button?

I've noticed a lot of news websites, particularly on mobile, sometimes will cut off their story with a button you have to click to see the rest of it. I can understand why they'd do this if they ...
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How do you best explain the fixed functionality and uses of well known UI components

People often ask questions about if it's okay to mix up UI components with clearly specified functionality e.g. radio buttons and checkboxes. Sometimes I feel that it's treading well worn ground and ...
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Best position and labels for buttons on an order creation page

I have a "create order" interface which already includes several buttons. Please have a look at the screenshot below: ![enter image description here][1] My Question: I need to add a new button ...
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What's the best way to show multiple options for opening a codebase?

I'd like to give users of a desktop app I'm working on the option of accessing their local code either through the Windows Explorer/Mac Finder or through the command-line, what's the best way to do ...
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Is it good practice to have more than two buttons on a mobile form?

We need to use more than 3 button in a form. So we would provide something that contained Authorize, Reject, and Cancel. All are placed at the bottom of the form. Is it good practice to have more ...
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What's best way to show multiple related buttons?

I am making a webapp that enable users to borrow/lend books with their neighbors. Design needs various options like 'borrow', 'can-lend', 'add to wish-list' and 'read' for every book. The issues is: ...
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Create new record and add (lengthy) details in one step? (Accordion Forms)

I was hoping to solve this data entry problem with an accordion form, but now I'm not so sure if this is the right way to do it. I am concerned that information might get lost if I place the save ...
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Alternative to many buttons for adding new member to group

I think my current solution for this looks ugly and feel like it's too many buttons. Do you have any better solution without taking away from the quickness by having many buttons. What are the ...
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How to Best Lay-out This Inventory Program

I am a beginning programer and am working on creating a program that will allow people to keep track of inventory in their house. The program accepts barcodes scanned over a TCP/IP connection to add ...
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Is the “apple slider button” using the correct affordance?

Here's a screenshot of apple.stackexchange.com: The button "active" is decorated in a way which looks like an iPhone's slider control. The first thing that comes to mind is that it's draggable ...
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Is OK button with access key acceptable?

I am trying to maintain compliance with the Windows 7 User Experience Interaction Guidelines and I am having trouble in some dialog boxes with the rule that OK buttons should not have an access key ...
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What are the rules of using ellipsis on buttons

I read about the rules of using ellipsis (three dots ...) in a menu command: Indicate a command that needs additional information (including a confirmation) by adding an ellipsis at the end of ...
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A calculator's modulo and percentage labels

I'm designing a UI for my calculator. I've got a modulo function and a percentage of function. I started with a "%" button for the modulo, but now I need something different that clearly says "This ...
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Can username be omitted if profile picture is present for an “account options” button?

I'm creating an account system for my website and the account controls will be in the top right corner, as shown in the samples below. The more stuff I add to the top bar, however, the more cluttered ...
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Guide/instruction buttons

Can someone tell me the professional name of the buttons that you see when you are in a new page or when it's a new feature? Those buttons usually open to pop-ups that will guide you in the new ...
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Reset button for calculator forms

it's usually bad practice including a reset button in your forms. Some reasons for this are outlined in various other questions: Submit and Reset button, what's the best order? Is a cancel ...
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Should the OK/Cancel buttons be aligned right or centered?

Where should I put the OK/Cancel buttons on my dialogs? At the bottom centered or aligned right? I've seen both and I personally don't care, but I want to create a consistant look across my ...
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Submit Buttons on the Left or the Right?

We have been puzzling over where to put the submit button, on the left or the right. In researching, we noticed that many sites put buttons on the bottom right in dialogue boxes, and on the bottom ...
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One button for two actions

I have a comparison site. On the landing page there are two text boxes which are used for products to be compared, and a button to trigger "compare". If a visitor fills these two boxes, products are ...
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What are some ways you can encourage people to read the Instructions?

We make educational software. Each Lesson has instructions. Sometimes the instructions are fairly obvious (Click the picture that matches the spoken word), sometimes they are more complicated : ...
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Wording for coach-marks pages

Example of coach-marks: While the coach-marks mode is active, what's the clearest way to inform the user that there are more pages with more detailed information? an arrow A button (more, next, ...
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Corporate/Enterprise section

The company I work at, we need a new home page. However, we have two different target groups. Ordinary people and professionals. But I'm torn on how to separate it. I'm toying with the idea of having ...
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Is it best for users to put the delete action/button/link on the edit record page on the web?

It seems that a lot of interfaces put the delete action on the record edit page/screen and sometimes the view page/screen vs putting them right in the record list. I'm wondering if this is considered ...
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What is a good flow for selecting an item from a list and populating some fields in a pane with the item info

I have a tree of items in a left nav and a main content pane to the right. Users should be able to select an item from the tree and populate fields on the right with complicated info (long paths, ...
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Is it okay to use a “place” and “replace” button if an image has already been uploaded using the drag and drop or upload an image function?

I am trying to use this Drag and Drop / Upload image feature and put it inside a field. By adding or uploading a "logo", it will will be replaced by the image uploaded and buttons like Delete and ...
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Extended command button order

As far as I can tell from looking at a large number of Windows forms and dialogues, Microsoft uses the following pattern to dictate the order that their buttons appear: [Val- / Prev] [Val+ / Next] ...
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How can I pictorially show an option is unavailable for a time?

I have an option (a single button) in the settings, that won't be avaliable for the user for about 2 weeks. I have considered a number of options: Leave it out - make it suddenly appear Keep it ...