a preselected option adopted by a computer program or other mechanism when no alternative is specified by the user or programmer.

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How to handle default inputs than can be overruled?

Here is a problem I have been struggling with for a while... Consider the following 2 input forms (don't worry, these are just mockups, not real screenshots). When the user opens the forms, all ...
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Mandatory field without default value

While designing a GUI, on the form where I am administering the users, when I add a user I want to be able to select the role among 3 choices and I want the administrator to make a choice. So I ...
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Radio Button: Yes/No or No/Yes

In some cases, as No is the default option for a radio button, should it be placed first instead of Yes? In my opinion, default option should be prioritized to place on left. What's your opinion?
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Default radio button option always first?

Given a set of radio buttons, should the default option always be the first? (Leftmost if they're in a horizontal list or topmost if they're in a vertical list) Is there ever a case when this is ...
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Best Practices on toggle switches and defaults in forms?

In many cases, when creating an A/B choice for a user, there is a clear option that should be the default; if not, the debates can rage... and if the choices are not clearly boolean (Yes or No), it ...
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What should be the default option of an optional dropdown list containing search criteria?

I have a form where users can search for legislators in the US. One of the search criteria is the Leadership Position, as a dropdown. It can look like this for example: <select ...
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Default filtering behavior: Everything displayed or everything hidden?

We have a selection field on our website. And today we had a discussion at the office about our filter options when the user is facing the filter options for the first time. Option A No filters are ...
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Should quantity textboxes that have a default value of zero - show a “0” or be blank?

My quantity textboxes have default values of 0, it's up to the user to change these quantities if they wish, it is not mandatory i.e. they can leave them at 0 if they wish. Should the default view ...
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“Revert to Default” UI element

In the settings dialog of our Windows desktop application, the user can type or select a certain (template) file. If nothing is specified, the application falls back to the default. This is indicated ...
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Reasonable (big) default font sizes

In our app (a CAD type app for the casual computer user) we allow users to choose from a number of preset font sizes. These defaults are picked pretty arbitrarily from what OS X offers in their ...
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Why does backspace go back a page? This behavior is so frustrating!

When using a browser, like Firefox, I appreciate that I can easily navigate my tab history with Alt+← (for back) and Alt+→ (for forward.) That makes perfectly good sense to me, and I've used that ...
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Where to use the default cursor and pointer cursor in button and label?

In google drive i found some buttons and labels are found to be inconsistent in cursors. Are there commonly accepted conventions as to default cursors and pointer cursors in web and desktop ...
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Is there a best practice for allowing a user to define defaults for faceted navigation?

I'm working on an application with faceted navigation. The application will be visited often by the same group of users. A certain combination of checkboxed facets are selected by default. I would ...
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Fuzzy search by default?

There's a search box, powered by Apache Lucene, that user enters terms into to find records that they need, (eg. They're likely to be searching for people, or addresses, or ID numbers, etc). Example ...
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Select menu, dynamic values and default value

I have a dynamic form depending on the value selected in a select menu which is the first form input. The content of this first select menu is dynamic: it can contain zero, one or more values. The ...
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Default action for the “Do you want to leave the page?” warning?

When you compose a question/answer on a StackExchange site and then navigate away before submitting it, you get a popup, warning you: (translated:) The "Leave Page" button is ...
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Better to Show Empty List or Default List?

This is a web application for people to manage a large database of stuff. When the user clicks on the a button/link to "View Their List of Stuff", is it better to present them with a populated list or ...
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Opt-ins versus opt-outs in forms - does nobody else care?

Whilst filling out a form on the Royal Mail site this morning, I came across this heresy of form design: the self-negating checkbox... This required careful (re)reading to ensure that: I was ...
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Filter options - Preferable to use an 'all' box or a 'clear' link to restore default settings?

I'm currently working on a search engine, filter options are provided to allow users to refine their searches. Example: TYPE [box] Firm [box] Lawyer [box] Transaction [box] Company When the ...
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Is it ok to have “I agree” as the default option?

On many website there will be a long user agreement. As everybody knows, very few people actually read the agreement and just mindlessly click "I agree". As such, I am thinking that it would be ...
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What should be the default view of a large collection of data (that can be filtered) on a web page?

I have a web page that shows projects (but it could be anything) in an html table (one row per project). There is a filter button at the top that allows users to can filter by a number of different ...
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How to represent 'string or number' as default query in search box?

we have developed a search engine , as usual the search box works without having to click an extra button , once the user enter's the search query and press enter, the result is shown. Now, my search ...
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Date Range: Is automatically making “To” the same as “From” a good practice when searching data in the past?

I couldn't think of a more descriptive title, but this is what I'm wondering: I have a Date Range selector box. It's quite straightforward, it has two calendars, one for the "From" date, and another ...
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what to use for default directory when doing “save as”?

When implementing a typical "Save as..." menu item for a desktop app, what should the default directory be? Must I do something different on *nix, OSX and Windows or can I get away with the same for ...
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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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Is default text needed for simple forms?

Does having default text on simple forms improve usability or simply clutter the interface? I have a sign in form that is very simple, and visually I think it would be better without the default ...
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Why are there three (3) default worksheets in MS Office Excel?

As far as I can remember there have been 3 worksheets ("Sheet1", "Sheet2", "Sheet3") by default in any new MS Excel's workbook. What is the reason for that? I'm pretty sure the most popular number of ...
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What should be the default option of a required dropdown list?

Given that there is no logically default animal from the list of animals below, what should be the "Default Value" below, according to best practice? <label for="animal">Animal ...