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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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Fling cells in table view

I'm currently working on a concept that allows user to "fling" table view cells in the reordering process (you can watch my short demo here). I have broad experience with iOS apps but haven't seen ...
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What is the best way to display hierarchical options?

I am working on an UI that allows user to print name tag for visiting guests, some of the guests have VIP status and some don't. The "Primary Guest" is always a VIP and is included by default. Options ...
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Why do toaster ovens go from light to dark to “top brown”?? Why “top brown”?

This UX issue has been bothering me for decades. Every toaster oven I've seen has a knob for setting the toast darkness. The knob goes from "light" on one end (presumably barely toasted at all) to ...
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Is there any conventions for using alternate fonts in user input fields?

My company is proceeding with a branding initiative which involves a branded font. The desire of the external agency is to apply the branded font to all input controls on the page, including text ...
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Proper control to select a fixed (text) value or numerical value

I want users to be able to choose to run a simulation that uses either the historical return on a stock or one where they select the numerical average return across the simulations. One way to do this ...
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What is this sliding window element called?

I've been trying to figure out the name for this element but I've been having trouble finding it. It should snap in three locations: to the top of the screen, to the bottom of the screen, and a 5th of ...
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The Name of a Full-size Device-independent Start View with tagline only content and downward pointing arrow to access the site?

I don’t know if this is a new trend or just the fact that I’ve not come across this pattern before and it’s actually old, but I’m unable to find anything on it. The story is that you access the root ...
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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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is horizontal swipe intuitive enough on mobile

Working on a mobile checkout page and would like to know if you'll think its intuitive enough that the user knows there are more products on the right side that could be reached by swiping using the 2 ...
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Greyed-Out vs Invisible

What is a good criterion or rule-of-thumb for determining when a control should be greyed-out and when should it be completely invisible?
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“Slider” with relative motion? What is this called?

I'm looking for control that allows relative motion. This isn't what I'm using it for, but you could consider it in the context of a volume control. My requirements: There is a range of ...
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Controlling movement direction in isometric view

In an isometric view, floor tiles would be aligned diagonally. On this view, an entity can be moved to adjacent tiles, as illustrated by the green arrows. Since the movement is diagonal (to the ...
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Multiple choice control for region (6 regions) and countries (all countries in the world)

I have 6 lists with items for each continent (region). For instance, first list is for Europe - Austria, Sweden, Germany etc., second list is for Asia - India etc. third is Africa etc. (six ...
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How to write text with only 5 buttons?

I have a text field in which I can write lower case and upper case letters, numbers and some special characters (' ', '-', '_', '/', '.'). I have only 1 button that can be pressed right, left, up, ...
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Why don't commercial products use Logarithmic Volume Controls?

Would a logarithmic volume control surprise or shock users? The lowest volume settings on a Mac, or on a YouTube video control the volume in a very heavy handed manner, and once you've turned the ...
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Why are most game controllers left handed?

Most game controllers (game pads, joysticks) use the left hand for directional control, which is also the task that requires the most dexterity. Most people are right handed, but end up using their ...
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Showing items in a list with limited space

We have a list of items for a chart legend, and some other lists where there are items hidden below. We have several areas in the UI where we have a constrained space, and items that are hidden below. ...
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Is there a visual glossary of (Windows) UI controls?

Some days it seems every member of my team calls each control by a different name. Is there a good resource, preferably with images, for what the official name of each control type is? I found a few ...
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Denoting multiple values for the same checkbox or radiobutton

I have a screen where the user can select multiple students and can click on edit. When he clicks on edit, the following happens - All users have the same value for a field, so that value is shown ...
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Best way of displaying how crowded your favourite pubs are

I'd like to ask you about the best way of displaying traffic (current situation) in favourite pubs. It should be easy to understand and it should be proper way for a map with places. My current idea ...
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Why do showers have “hot” and “cold” knobs rather than “temperature” and “quantity” knobs?

I do not understand the advantage of the popular "hot" and "cold" controls in showers, as opposed to "temperature" and "quantity" controls. Is it simply because the latter option is harder to ...
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Can I use a control NOT specified by Material Design?

Material Design has a comprehensive set of components, but no design framework can reasonably hope to cover all widgets. Many of the UX StackExchange questions on Material Design on this site relate ...
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Why do light switches find themselves OUTSIDE the room they light up in some European countries?

Okay, to be fair my experience is mostly with Poland, though I have observed this electrical interior design decision in a few neighboring countries while travelling, but can't generalize there. ...
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Bar Graph Controlling - From the Graph Itself or from External Control

I have a bar graph on my page I'm generating from D3. The graph itself looks good. Here's the question: My graph has the following bars: bar1 **************** bar2 ******* ... barn ************ ...
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Should controls be removed or just greyed out in a tool for power-users where they repeat many times?

This answer by JohnGB on "Greyed-Out vs Invisible" by Joel B kind of touches on the idea, but this question focuses specifically on a moderation tool for power users. Should buttons that don't apply ...
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What could I use for a tri-state control?

I'm trying to think of a nice element where there are 3 states, but a simple checkbox would be a litlte overkill for what I want (I'd need two), as the states are: Enabled Default Disabled But I ...
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Intuitive interface for Composing Boolean Logic?

I'm interested to know how people have, or would construct an interface which simplifies constructing logical boolean conditions? (Yes, it's a database query builder) In my mind a bad interface has ...
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Arranging a tall narrow rectangle with a short wide one

One of the hardest UI things I tend to encounter is fitting a tall narrow rectangle with a short wide one. (In my current situation each rectangle is a sheet of controls.) It seems to be impossible to ...
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Should preferred control come first on mobile device?

I've got a check for pass, and an x for fail. Both controls are positioned next to each other on the right side of the screen. The preferred action is pass so it should be the most natural gesture. My ...
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How to build a web UI to configure (start/stop) a slide-show?

We just launched a (very) new website on which we strive to give to the user a top-notch immersive experience. Feel free to dig deeper on the site to get used with the mood around there. It seems ...
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Should I show first page when user sort the grid?

Consider this grid as an example. In grids, should I show the first page when user sort the grid by a column? I think logically I should. But I am not sure from UX point of view.
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Is there a standard for the positioning of the elevator control buttons?

I've always wondered why elevator control buttons are found where they are. For example, the following image shows the elevator control buttons positioned on the right side. The way I see it, ...
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Most User-Friendly Form Fields for Entering Date/Time?

What are the different ways to have fields in an application for date, time, or both? What are the pros and cons for each? The most common seem to be a combination of 2–3 drop-downs, or some form ...
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Buttons for a process with multiple or optional parts/stages/segments

What is/are the best UI practices for a process that has 2+ stages or optional segments? And how does the amount of stages, and the popularity or likely use affect the layout? For example, if I want ...
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What is an surface-perpendicular wheel control called?

Please bear with me as I attempt to describe this control (since I don't know its name I wasn't able to google image search for it). It's a physical control, used for adjusting a quantity up or down. ...
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Ordered Multi-select control in HTML

I'm developing a highly customisable SaaS application. It has at several places a multi select, for some cases additionally to selecting the items, the user can define an order, for other cases it is ...
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Differing behaviours of the previous song button

I remembering discovering this functionality as a child when I operated a DVD player and I've never fully understood it. Recently I've been tasked with writing a short tutorial on the basic operations ...
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What's the best way to show resize handles for objects

I'm working on a web-based editor that lets people include shapes, images and different kind of objects on an interface. Considering this, they must be able to resize the objects, place them anywhere ...
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Was it wise of Apple to put the full-screen toggle button where the former maximize button was? [closed]

For those of you who don't know, in OS X 10.10 Yosemite, Apple (rather quietly) replaced what was formerly a "maximize window" button with a "make window full-screen" button - in previous releases, ...
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How to indicate a control's value is pending submission

In the application that I'm currently working on, the user is allowed to make changes to a subset of data from an external data source. Changes are made using basic or custom controls such as Toggle ...
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How should the form control buttons be arranged?

Where is the best place to show form actions in a system (CRUD buttons*)? I have currently placed them in a sticky header that follows a user down the page so as to always show the controls, which is ...
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A new way to display true / false values to user

The company I'm working for is looking to develop a new user control to convey true / false values to users. Currently we are using checkboxes but due to some constraints we are now forced to develop ...
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Handling effective date ranges with no start or end date

I have an enterprise-based web application that makes use of effective dates - so instead of just making a change to a piece of data, that change can take effect at some date in the future (or the ...
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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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Placing full name, including prefix and suffix, on one line in a form?

I am working on a form page that has a name field, including Prefix, First Name, Middle Name (NOT Initial), Last Name and Suffix. The client would like to have all these fields on one line. So here's ...
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How to display complex, interactive grid?

I am working on the admin component to a web app that will create/manage web sites for multiple clients. This admin portion will determine what pages/features will be included, as well as what ...
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How to handle searching by multiple US states and radius with one input?

The application that I am designing has a pretty intense searching capability and one of the biggest search criteria is origin and destination. With the company being centered around shipping it is ...
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Block offline users

First I want to apology if this question doesn't fit to this forum. Now, I have a customer who request for system that can be sell for different users. once the user buy the system he can use it ...
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Inline editing - does it work on small screens?

I am currently working on an app (phone size, not tablet yet) project that involves an extensive profile editing section. I am generally much in favour of inline editing patterns, as it removes the ...