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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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2answers
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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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2answers
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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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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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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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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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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 ...