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Why did Microsoft put close and minimize buttons on the Office splash screens?

Starting with Office 2010, Microsoft put a minimize and close button on the upper right corner of the splash screens of the various Office apps. But, the splash screen is up for such a short time, ...
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How to incorporate a “never” value on a slider?

I have a slider in a web page (similar to this one) to control the the duration of how long to keep an item before it is removed: The range of values goes from 0 to 90, with the value 0 being used ...
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Best Practices in keyboard navigation of JavaScript Controls?

Apparently "best practice" when creating DHTML widgets, such as menus etc., is to allow users to navigate to the widget using the tab key, and navigate within the widget using arrow keys. This follows ...
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Is there ever a good use case for a software rotary knob (dial)?

I love physical dials and knobs, they are great for adjusting something just the right amount without looking at it. They are even great for controlling an absolute value like volume because they stop ...
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3-state control on/off/suspended

I’m creating a prototype for a system which will give the user to control a specific feature in the system by switching it on and off. To control the feature we have a 3-state control: on off ...
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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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Borders editing control usability

I need a simple and intuitive control for editing rectangle borders. At the moment I have the following: At the left - preview box and current border selector at the same time. User can click on ...
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TreeTable as a flexible condition/filter editor

I face the task to create condition/filter editor every time I need to develop a data/request/event processing system. As usual, there is no universal one and only solution. Google shows a lot of ...
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What is the preferred way to toggle fullscreen vs fullscreen with panels on iPhone/iPad?

I have a full screen iPad app that deals with graphics. The user has full screen as canvas, with extra controls added along the bottom and right side of the screen. I'm looking for an intuitive way ...
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Best option for data grid records that each can have different multiple choices

Below is a mock up of the screen, and I'm not sure of the best way to do the Delay Reasons in this case. Each service can have multiple delay reasons and each service can have different delay ...
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Timezone selection best practices

I am looking for ways to design a UI where the user selects their timezone. I would like to avoid having a map as that can be slow people down on small screen devices. I currently have 2 options: ...
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App menu created from keywords

I have application which allow users to select video and play it. I have for each video few keywords and with help of WordNet I created tree from these keywords. So now user can go from generally ...
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What's the official name of concept of input boxes with tags?

I'm looking for an implementation and the (official) name of this kind of control where it's a inputbox where we can add multiple tags into it. By example, it is used in JIRA like this capture (and ...
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Controls on moving controls?

It hit me today when driving home from work turning right in a highly busy crossing. I wanted to lower the music volume but couldn’t find the control without looking. On previous cars I’ve owned, the ...
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How do you show a locked slider?

I have an application with a slider, but I need to be able to lock the slider, and have it clear to the user that it is locked - simply disabling it is not an option. By locked I mean that you are ...
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Tap or Drag to mark a specific point?

The scenario We have a screen with a view containing many small symbols. The user will have to choose a single element. In order to find the correct element, he'll have to pinch and pan. As you can ...
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View refresh frequency

My application displays data that can be periodically changed. Changes follow 5-10 times per second. I have to avoid so frequent updates to increase application performance. But I have to add some ...
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I need ideas to improve this timeout control

I'm getting ready to publish a page of real-time stock-option data. Problem is I'm not so sure any more of many controls that I used to be in love with. The first of these now-doggish controls is ...
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How to express in two or three letters how a column is to be sorted

On a just-now-coming-alive web page, I have two columns: change and change-percent. In the headers of the two columns, I want to give the user a small control so he can toggle between sorting the ...
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Version Control for Help Files

What is the best way to have version control when creating complex help files with new updates and versions coming out quarterly or so? How does one best go about versioning the Help file? ...
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Is there a proper name for the accordion-like stacked panels?

Essentially, it's a collection of panels, stacked towards the top. Each can be expanded or collapsed on its own. When a header is expanded, the headers below it "stick" to its bottom. This is in ...
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Selecting Multiple Ranges

We have a UI requirement, where users need to be able to create several ranges from 0-1000. Without overlap (including overlap from other parent records) So, parent 1, has range 0-10, 20-30, 50-55. ...
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Control to select (not open) a file on windows

I am designing a Windows application that has a dialog that requires the user to select a file, similar to the way you would with an <input type="file"> on the web. However, I cannot think of a ...
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Slider alternative

I am struggling with a client who has a (slightly irrational) dislike of slider controls. I need to provide an alternative that can accommodate 233 selection points, of which maybe 10 are common ...
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Is removing the video control playbar a dark pattern?

Lately, I've been finding more and more videos (mostly those with marketing purposes) that are don't have the so called "playbar", ie. the timeline control that allows you to jump inside the video to ...
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Speed vs Quality UI Pattern

I'm trying to come up with a good disposition of UI elements to help depict Function Speed vs Quality. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Are the Labels Right / Informative Enough? Is the ...
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Hide controls on a touch enabled device and only show them if someone uses a mouse?

We're building a responsive web site and we're having a discussion about how to display controls on a map. The theory is that people with touch-enabled devices do not need to see zoom sliders because ...
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Combining email and phone inputs into a single text field

Let's say you want to combine both email and phone input into a single text field because you require either or, not both. What's the best way would you approach this? As far as making it clear ...
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What would this widget be called?

What is this control that is used to select an item in this screenshot called? This is also in the latest Facebook for Android update. What is it called?
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slider vs. select box / dropdown

I've got a web app with two related UIs for adjusting a value. The first allows the user to add or subtract up to 100% of the amount. It's for an estimate, so rough ranges (e.g. every 10%) would be ...
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What's the recommended way to use “question mark” icon?

I develop a desktop application, and I'd like to add a "question mark" icon besides one of the textbox (that describes the meaning of that textbox). My question is what the common way to use the ...
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Keyboard support for dropdown widget [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Patterns for keyboard accessible drop down lists I have developed an html/javascript drop down widget. At the moment I want to enhance the keyboard support for this ...
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Should radio options be displayed vertically or horizontally?

For Example: Results must match () All () Any () None Of the search criteria vs Results must match () All of the search criteria () Any () None The ...
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Suitable alternative to trackbar control

I use a track bar control in two different places in an touch-screen application I have. The first to record a specific amount of Data. (lets say 260 samples) the second to record an unlimited amount ...
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Touch control of value with high range [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Suitable alternative to trackbar control In our application, there are settings that have a high dynamic range (e.g. 0-10000 in steps of 0.1). I am in need of a UI to ...
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Is there a name for a control which allows a user to add/remove table rows?

I am building a control which is a table containing other controls (text boxes and dropdown lists) where the user can add/remove rows to the table. I am unsure of what to name this control and am ...
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Should buttons be disabled, removed or replaced with an alert message if they are currently unavailable for use?

I take what happens on Stack Exchange as example. When you used all your votes to close questions, the dialog box is still shown, and (if you select the question that is duplicated) the "Vote To ...
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Do spinner-based date pickers on iOS & Android detract from the user's experience?

Generally speaking, the rule of thumb on mobile devices is to follow the platform conventions, and that native controls are almost always better than custom UIs. However, I'm at a loss as to whether ...
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How often do users overlook controls that are revealed by hovering?

Techniques that reveal controls on hover (as used by apps like twitter) have been suggested as a way to simplify an interface and focus attention on content. However I wonder how many people fail to ...
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Dialogue Box supposed to be closed by default with the [ESC] key?

I started working for a software company, and while using the software we produce, I noticed that the dialogue boxes that we pop-up aren't closed with the [ESC] button. I'm assuming this would be the ...
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Should you have rollover on a button?

download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups This particular product has a couple of buttons. When you rollover them they pop up megamenus from which you can make ...
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Web - How to represent a numeric input that is limited to increments of some number

I have a requirement for a form that restricts a field value to fixed increments of 50 and I'm not sure what would be the most elegant way to represent that constraint in a meaningful fashion. The ...
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Representing “undetermined” in a three-state checkbox

I'm developing a rule-based forms application where the user must explicitly choose a value for each data field, even boolean ones. For controls like combo boxes, this is not a problem, as they just ...
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One button or two?

I've got a web app where users can create two different kinds of similar things and I'm trying to decide whether to have two buttons, or one button and then present a choice as part of the resulting ...
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Should you use both the accelerometer and the touchscreen in a phone/tablet based game?

So I've been formulating an idea for a game the past few days. I don't want to get into too many details, but I mainly just wanted to ask about one aspect of the gameplay. OK, imagine a game where ...
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Add more controls at Run Time

I am developing customized schedule generator application for which I need to design User Interface. This UI will have an option to select Date, Time and number of hours. This is simply possible by ...
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Where to place voting buttons on posts?

I am making a little question site like Yahoo Answers and I am going to have a voting system on it. But I am stuck on where I should place the up/down vote buttons. I have it in the right corner right ...
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ux review word for select all

Is is ok to use Select/Deselect All here or better to shorten it to only select all. Would the users know that if they uncheck the "select all" checkbox. Everything will be disselected
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How to calculate how clickable a button or object is on screen

Given a screen of dimensions AxB, and a button or other UI element of size CxD, what are the best methods of calculating a rough gauge of how easy it is to click/reach/target that interface element?
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A dialog to set up working hours

I've got a dialog that helps an user to set up working hours for different days in a week. In this dialog an user can choose a day of week and hours/minutes which point on start/end of working time, ...