a dialog box is a type of window used to enable a "dialog" between a computer and its user.

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Do users like/read changelogs(“What's new” dialogs)?

When I update my app(with bug fixes, new features, removed features etc), I present the user with a dialog like this: Does the user actually read it? Will they find the dialog annoying? Will the ...
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Microsoft Windows Dialog: No Close Button Scenario(s)

Windows Dev Center states: "Dialog boxes always have a Close button...Don't disable the Close button. Having a Close button helps users stay in control by allowing them to close windows they don't ...
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Putting the title bar at the bottom of the dialog?

I'm creating a dialog box template for my website (which is more like an application and may have multiple dialogs open at a time) and I was thinking about putting the title text and the bar that ...
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iOS alert-dialog, where to place “yes” and “no”?

I've read alot of threads here about where to place "Yes" and "No" in a alert-prompt-popup. Alot of the arguments made sense about place the "positive" callback first (Yes / No). But what I've notices ...
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Alternative to dialog windows

We are designing web based app that consists of forms. These forms have two main parts: big datagrid (table) and a panel that shows details about record selected in a table. There is a largely used ...
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Foundation has the “ok” button of their modal-dialog on the left, why? [closed]

Foundation 5 has their "ok" button on the left side of the modal-dialog. jQuery ui, windows & Mac (maybe more) has it on the right. Do they know something that everybody else doesn't? Or is this ...
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What is the usability benefit of “drag files/images here”?

I often see upload dialogs asking the user to drag a file into a highlighted area: This is an alternative to the classic file chooser dialog. How does the drag-and-drop-option improve the ...
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Best way of making a credits transfer dialog

I am designing a dialog which would allow user to transfer credits from his account to "an object's account". Transfer is only in one direction -- after you confirm transfering credits to an object's ...
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When to use spin boxes, and when to use numbers-only edit boxes?

When should we use numbers-only edit boxes, and when should we use spin boxes? Is there a rule of thumb to decide which to use? Or should we always use spin boxes if we'll be inputting only numbers? ...
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Color picker in touch devices

I'd like to know about design templates for color pickers that would work well on touch devices, more precisely on tablets. It should be intuitive, it's for non-experienced people and specially for ...
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Wording for the perfect verb-based “Cancel Edits” dialog?

As a subscriber to the verb-based confirmation dialogs school of thought (i.e. "Do Something", "Do Something Else" button labels being better than Yes/No), what do you think the wording of the perfect ...
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When downloading multiple files, should you give many options

I'm showing every owner of spots at a radio station, a list of all commercials he has available to download. Spots can be downloaded one at a time by clicking on a spot's code, where the browser's ...
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Should system prompt user to save though no changes were made

Recently i opened a microsoft excel file by accident and tried closing it immediately but this pop up box appeared I was asked if i wanted to save the changes although i made no changes , this ...
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My checkin dialog for members is too complex (membership web app)

I'm trying to improve my checkin dialog, because it think it's too cluttered. I think that all of this information is required, but it isn't shown in a simple way that isn't confusing the user. So ...
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How do I present lots of options, few of which are required?

I have a flow in an iPad app that takes the user through the process of creating a fairly complex object. For the sake of simplicity, lets say they are scheduling a meeting. There are actually a lot ...
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What's the purpose of the bottom bar in popups / modal windows?

There seems to be a common pattern where the bottom of a modal window contains an area that looks slightly separated from its content. I'm trying to find out where this habit comes from, and what ...
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Does asking for confirmation create stronger engagement

I noticed in some game apps, a modal dialog is shown asking, "John Doe has sent you an invitation to play. [Accept] [Decline]". In other games, the game just pops up in your list of games, and you ...
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Meaning of Capitalization in Y/N Prompts

This issue came while running a script that requires a yes or no response before proceeding. Does the capitalization of the y and n usually matter? In this example... $copy_package some_package File ...
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What is the best way to handle close buttons in dialogs in a mobile app?

I have a small dialog where a user can add an email to subscribe. I am torn between changing the subscribe button to take 50% of the place and adding cancel or simply make the x bigger. Any other ...
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How do you give your user options without overloading them?

I was using WinSCP the other day for transferring files, when I came across this.. umm.. I'll call it a set of options, but it was more like an interview. Oh boy. I just want to move a file. Now I ...
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Scroll in a dialogue overlay (lightbox)

I have been asked to redesign some existing dialogue overlays, which have a lot of options within them. So many in fact, that they're using both vertical tabs and a scrollbar to manage the volume of ...
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How do I best describe a “confirm a download” in a dialog box?

We have a feature that offers subscription-based downloads. There are limitations to the counter back-end so to make sure a customer does not get charged by mistake, we have implemented a pop up box ...
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How patient are users at wait dialogs?

What is the length of time the average user will wait at a wait indicator (i.e. a spinning circle, beach-ball-of-death, egg-timer) before they think something has gone wrong? If anybody can point to ...
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Best principle to place button in alert dialog [duplicate]

For all alert dialogs with one or more buttons, which would be the best practice to place the buttons? Align left? Align right? Align Center? Please describe your reason for your choice! :) Tks!!
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How can I present a yes/no question to a user prior to them submitting a background job?

I am a programmer by training and I often find that I have writer's block when I come across certain presentation issues. I have a piece of software that links a seller user up with his account in an ...
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Which button should get the focus at delete dialogs?

I thought that most destructive actions should be avoided from default actions. But when a delete dialog comes, I see that most Windows applications (even the OS), by default, set the focus at ...
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Is it good practice to avoid using 'Yes' and 'No' buttons in favor of descriptions of the action? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I use Yes/No or Ok/Cancel on my message box? I've found that there is an annoying tendency for different programs to prompt the user concerning the same actions ...
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What happened to “What's this?” help?

"What's this?" help or context-sensitive help* used to be commonplace in Windows applications a few years ago. Dialog windows had an additional "?" button in the top right, that when clicked, gave you ...
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Alert window, navigating to the right button

Working on both Windows and OSX, I have some habits on both. In alert dialogs, there is a huge usability variance between both operating systems. In the latter, you can either tap enter and have the ...
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Best way to combine object selection and object editing in a dialog

There might potentially be a very straight forward solution to this, but I'm can't see it, hence the question. I'm wondering what is the best way to structure a dialog where the user can select items ...
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The logic behind having an OK button and Apply button

Moving back to desktop land after being drunk with mobile interfaces, desktop dialogs almost always have these three buttons: OK Apply Cancel A close button. This pattern seems to occur on both ...
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Design patterns for “first run” messaging?

I'm working on a major re-design of a web app, and I'm contemplating popping up a "Welcome to the New Site!" dialog when users first log in to it. I can't seem to find too much discussion of those ...
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Settings dialog with multiple tabs: same options on two different tabs?

I am designing a settings dialog with multiple tabs for our desktop application. There is a particular (small) group of options that is applicable to two separate tabs in the settings dialog. I ...
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Alternative actions: nested submenu or interactive question?

I have a user interface that provides two alternatives for one action. The alternatives describe how the chosen action should be performed by the computer (different goal functions or heuristics of an ...
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When to include an Apply button?

In a dialogue box, when do you use an Apply button? Is it correct to assume that the Apply button will only save the changes without closing the dialogue? Does it represent an advantage? Why is ...
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Is a lightbox considered a dialog box?

Lightbox-like interaction mechanisms present a dismissable interaction area within a larger page, greying out the rest of the page while the area is presented. Originally they were used to show ...
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Best way to choose color combination from palette?

I have the following scenario: This is a color picker for a software we're developing. Basically we have different Groups for Items and Items are displayed as boxes in a grid with a given color ...
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Are there any studies of users getting jaded of dialog requests?

There are permission request boxes such as this one, or requests from other users as per online social networking sites. Are there any studies that show people becoming jaded of dialogue boxes of any ...
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How can the Copy and Replace message box be improved?

I have a program (running on Windows) that I am developing that has a file and folder page as part of it that is effectively copying the Windows format. I allow users to copy, cut, paste, delete and ...
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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 touch-screen simple informational dialogs have an OK button?

I am developing an android application which has quite a few dialogs that just contain text and an 'OK' button. Pressing the 'OK' button loses the dialog, as does pressing the 'back' button on the ...
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Should a FolderBrowserDialog be used over an OpenFolderDialog?

In developing applications where I need the user to select a folder, I've always favored the OpenFolderDialog because: It looks like an OpenFileDialog Allows the user to jump directly to the path ...
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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, ...
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Combine load and save button into one button?

I'm having a configuration GUI, and want to enable the user to export the settings into a file and load that file later (or on a different computer). My dialog has several options, and is rather ...
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What's the best positioning strategy for dialog boxes?

In a Windows application, there are many options for determining the starting position of a dialog. In the center of the application's main window In the center of the screen where the application's ...
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Does it make sense to put a prompt for sound or mute before a game is started?

I am building a game that is very sound-centric, but at the same time I recognize how annoying it is to be bombarded by unwanted noise. The problem with putting a mute/sound button in-game is that ...