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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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How to convey “loading” along with an error message

In an desktop application that simultaneously displays media from multiple sources (video-wall), how would you reflect to the user that a specific source is currently unavailable, assuming that the ...
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Alternatives to pagination for dynamic tables with many entries

I'm aware of the advantages and disadvantages of paginating table results, but I'm not sure what would be best in this particular case: I have a table that can have between 0 and 1000 rows (sometimes ...
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With straighten, do we really need rotate?

Related to Combining rotation and straightening of images. Rotate: Grab a corner, drag it to its new location, rest of image follows. Straighten: Either click-drag-drop a line on a horizon, or click ...
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Select item from a list to be added to another list

I have an application implemented with Java Swing. The main view of the applications is divided in a left side and a right side. The top of the right side contains a SearchField, and a list of search ...
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How can I summarize the contents of a mathematical matrix in a single text field?

Here's a question that pertains to UI design, but for an application geared at a more technical audience. In my application, users can assign an object properties of several types. These types ...
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How do we go about designing for Touch based desktops & normal desktops? [closed]

Imagine you are getting a new project in manufacturing domain. Requirement is an Enterprise application which needs to be designed for user groups who will use it in office/factory floor. User uses ...
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Notify a user why nothing happened

I'm writing a content filtering application that operates at the hardware level. The UI is basically out of the picture once the user starts the filter, as it is hidden in the windows task tray. As a ...
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What could be used instead of checkboxes for filtering a list of items for desktop software

What could be a better way of showing a filter like this? Multiple checkboxes could be selected to show the filter options. Is there a better way to represent this filter for a desktop software ? ...
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Using toast for form success and error input

is it natural to use toast notification for a success and error on form validation? I know android and google mail uses this on their application, but I cannot verify why this is the best solution ...
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Alternate to nested tab controls for a windows desktop application

I develop a complex LOB windows desktop application. Right now it has only one feature say A. All menu and toolbar is for A. You can open multiple document related to feature A, each within a Tab ...
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Are there any guidelines for desktop app design for a Windows Desktop Tablet?

I'm not talking of Metro or Windows Store app here. Those apps are pretty restricted in what they can access in Windows. What I mean is a regular desktop app that has no such restrictions--it can ...
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Gracefully Constrain Window Size

I am working on a program that does not have many visual elements on the GUI, also, unlike what has been suggested previously, there are no multiple levels of detail or possible elements to add and ...
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Visualizing structure and intermediate results of a computation

I have a financial desktop application and there are many places where different computations are performed and a single number (or a couple numbers) is shown as a result. Very often users are ...
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File Selection / Folder Selection supporting Drag'n'Drop [closed]

First of all, I personally really dislike the folder browse dialog where you cannot copy/paste the folder name which you might already have in the clipboard. In many cases for my own applications I ...
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Configuration form with multiple steps

I am working on converting a winforms application to WPF. So, we are also trying to make sure this is good from a UX point of view in the process. I have a configuration form that I am not sure if I ...
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How to define KPI for UX?

I'm in a situation that I have to setup an A\B Testing for the UI of my tool, in order to make a decision about the better UI that my users would prefer. The tool is a desktop application, which ...
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Why do applications move themselves to the top after they finish starting?

As you have all probably experienced, it is common for some large applications to launch a 'loading' window that (usually) displays a progress indicator, etc, and then launches the application in a ...
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revealing more information about an item: Slide-in on hover vs Flip on click

What should I take into consideration when making a decision about the right transition to use to reveal more info about an item? Do I use a slide-in on hover or flip item on click to reveal more ...
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does this design have a good usability?

i asked this question on stackoverflow and has been redirected here. sorry about cross-posting. i am writing a financial application and i need to write a specialized file open dialog for the user to ...
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The most efficient solution for breaking this form into multiple tabs

INTRODUCTION AND RELEVANT INFORMATION I am software developer who must create application for managing contracts. I am very "clumsy" regarding UX, so I am not satisfied with what I have made so far. ...
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How to display an “upper bound” or “max” value when you really want infinity?

What I really need is a way for users to create, using numeric text boxes, ranges for quantities of items with their corresponding prices. For example: *Qty |____1_____| - |____50____| : $ ...
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How to design a form to register in/out values of a cash flow system?

I'm developing a simple cash flow system to a college work and couldn't realize a good way to present the form to register the values that are received and paid. My idea is to make it as simple as ...
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Desktop tools installations' UX. How can it be improved?

I'm designing a cloud service that needs a desktop tool in the end user's laptop. When end users reach my cloud service, they'll have to install this desktop tool. I'm thinking, how can I give the ...
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Changing keyboard shortcuts that has been introduced quite a while?

Let's say I have developed a publicly available application which has a keyboard shortcut available. However, after a while of further development, I've decided that the current keyboard shortcut is ...
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Dialog asking to save changes when doing a selection change?

In our desktop application we have a viewer which shows the content of a selected item (both, viewer and list, are located in the same window). When the user selects a different item, its content will ...
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User Interface for Product Catalog

I am trying to figure out which is the best way to implement a product catalog editor for desktop application. The products arent too many about max 100 i believe. I have figured out this model.At ...
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Desktop first responsive design framework [closed]

Since there is a growing trend for enterprise level applications to be developed to be web-friendly (i.e. in the cloud and fully responsive), many of the statistics suggest that there is a serious ...
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When is sync appropriate while reading a book in ebook reader?

We have ebook readers in mac, window, iOS, Android, etc. Recently, I'm working for the ebook reader for mac, window. Now, when user goes to a bookshelf, or goes into pages of a book, synchronizing ...
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Heuristics for implementing good reading with columns

Users read slower with wide columns, so having multiple columns makes sense for print, but it's more complicated for desktop apps. A desktop or laptop computer screen is too wide for fast reading, and ...
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Can not design window to be used both for inserting and reading data from database

I am working on a financial software which has a lot of data to be entered into database. I have managed to design user interface for entering data on my own, and my employers are satisfied. ...
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Time-consuming “Request - response” steps in desktop application

I prototype OLAP-analytics desktop application, that contains a lot of screens, that generate reports. Common process of such generation is: Users sets up analytics parameters (period, data segment ...
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How Do I Save Screen Real Estate While Still Giving My Application The Power It Needs?

I've developed an application that throughout the stages has evolved twice. The purpose of the application itself is display meaningful information in the smallest amount of space possible. The ...
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An intuitive way to present a Login interface

I'm designing a windowed application. When the application starts up the user needs to be presented with a Login interface. The initial (and minimum) window size is 800x600. A header of height 42 ...
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Combining rotation and straightening of images

Topic may seem weird as the two terms seem to mean the same. Clarification: Rotation: The typical way of grabbing a corner and pulling in the direction you want the image to rotate. Straightening: ...
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Lazy context menus

I manage a large Windows desktop application, which is the 'back office' of an EPOS system. There are many screens which allow the user to search through collections of objects, for example orders or ...
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Preferable way of calling user attention on a desktop application

I have a desktop application, where users write orders (among other things). It's a MDI-like application (tabbed interface really), and each order is written in its own tab/window. There are several ...
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Improve design for master-detail interface

INTRODUCTION AND RELEVANT INFORMATION I am programming application that writes data about contracts into database. It is similar to banking software. Contract is very complex data, so let me ...
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what pros does the hidden menu have when it is used for DT users as well?

I knew that Square redesign had this kind of menu for desktop users as well and I found it odd and I still think that it is a strange solution. Now, I stumbled on this website that has the same kind ...
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How to organize list based content, newest to oldest or vice versa?

In our application we have a ticket tool that allows you to create simple to complex tickets, and start a comment stream for collaboration. Current UI: Currently we have the UI structure with ...
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Different alignment for elements of two groupBox in a form

I'm trying to design a settings form for a Desktop Application. There is two groupBoxes in the form. Each groupBox may contains some elements(TextBox, ComboBox , ...). Is it force for good design to ...
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Recommend an application that maps the menu architecture of a desktop/enterprise application

I want to map all the GUI menus in an application. For example, in Firefox: "New Tab > Open File > Open File dialog. Is there an application that can map this by analyzing the executable or code? Or ...
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Authentication pop up on a desktop app: what if it is much bigger than main app window?

I am working on a desktop app that requires authentication. It allows federated authentication using different services, Google among them. Most probably, we'll use a pop up with a browser window to ...
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Which input layout for choosing between Option1, Option2 and (Option1 or Option2, dynamically)

One setting in our app has to be as follows: For a certain scenario, the user select whether he wants: Always use option X Or always use option Y Or, depending on a dynamic flag, use X or Y (he ...
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Select/unselect list items using checkbox or button [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Check all / uncheck all checkboxes with regards to usability For a couple of applications one can find a checkbox to select/unselect all items in a list. As soon as you ...
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Should our application ask for users master password when needed or at application start?

Our application may contact different servers using background processes to update local data. Some servers require authentication, others don't. When accessing the first time a server, our ...
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Forms clutter solution: hide and show panel in forms

I have forms which tend to become always larger in size because of a multitude of fields. In some cases a form relates to a previously created entity and showing the fields of this entity as ...
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Why would a designer want to use a hamburger menu in a complex application? [closed]

If you compare the screenshots of gedit 2 and gedit 3, there's very clear that there are differences between the design paradigms. It seems to me that the designers of gedit 3 have placed aesthetics ...
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What is better : Disabling sub-categories or auto resetting the filters

I am working enhancing UX for filters on our eCommerce (desktop site). The navigation structure is broken into Categories and further sub categories. Filters can be applied at each level (categories ...
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Is the use of toggles in desktop applications an intentional or unintentional result of mobile first design? [closed]

I have seen the appearance of toggle-like controls (similar to the iOS mobile on/off toggles) in desktop applications such as in Acrobat Reader DC. Just wondering if this is to do with the prevalence ...