a list that appears under an item when a user hover or clicks on it.

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Dropdown form near the end of the browser

What is the best way to deal with a list of options when selecting a dropdown that is very close to the end of the browser? I have considered using a fly out but we actually do not use this type of ...
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Action button needed to trigger Drop-down list selection?

I have a question about when (if at all?) to include an action button to trigger the selecting of an item in a drop-down list for these 3 scenarios: Scenario 1 - I have ONE drop-down list that is ...
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What is the advantage of drop down list appearing in front of control instead of below it?

Originally, drop-down lists appeared at a static position below the control (or above it if space was restricted): However, in recent user interfaces, these lists appear in front of (i.e. layered ...
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What is best practice to add a list item to a dropdown

Option 1- it feels unnatural to have an input field in a dropdown. Option 2- it feels awkward to create set that then autopopulates the dropdown Other thoughts?
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Need of selecting multiple data with various types at once. Drop-down lists, comboboxes or drag'n'drop list?

When an user needs to define a custom region, for example, which is composed of one or many cities/states/boroughs/countries/macro-regions (within countries)/micro-regions (within states)/etc., he/she ...
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Does it make sense to combine select2 dropdowns with regular select dropdowns on a single form?

I have a form that has a number of select dropdown boxes. Some of them have large number of items (200+) so I have converted them to using the jquery select2 plugin which works great as you can ...
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Using drop down select lists as a filter long list of items. What are the best practices for this? Should I be using a drop down list at all?

Context: Building a webpage that has a moderate list of items. Several independent categories can be applied. I built a wireframe showing off 3 drop down selectors to act as simple filters. An ...
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Name for a user dropdown, user preference dropdown, preference dropdown, settings dropdown, language selection dropdown

How is this type of dropdown used in Amazon called? It basically permits you to select among a selection list and then it auto submits your selection via jquery and retains it for the rest of the ...
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how to visually distinguish two types of items in a list

Is there a best practice or convention for distinguishing two or more types of items in a long list in an elegant way? I have a search box in my app that returns two types of medical diagnosis codes. ...
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Adding items to dropdown list on-the-fly?

In certain locations in our application, users encounter dropdowns with a number of items, from which they can: Select a suitable value Add a value to the dropdown list if they don't find a suitable ...
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Store Locator - State and/or postcode?

I'm designing a website, which has store locator functionality. I live in Australia, which has 7 states. Some users may not know their postcode by heart, and may find it easier to just select their ...
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What's the best flow for selecting the right product?

I'm redesigning a standalone page within an e-commerce framework that allows users to download a file for free. The files are only available for certain make/model/year combinations, and then there ...
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What do you put in a country list for countries with more than one common name?

I'm from England, which means in drop-down lists I have to search for United Kingdom, then England, then Great Britain... it's generally the UK, but it does vary from site to site. What is the best ...
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Should my dropdown of recently used items show items I no longer have access to

We are implementing a client for our document management system. Part of this is the checkin screen where one of the fields a user chooses is the folder where the document should be checked into. ...
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Should a dropdown need to click to close or simply stop hovering for x number of seconds?

Going back and forth with product on this one. Should you - A. Have to click outside of the dropdown (anywhere on screen) or B. Have to simply stop hovering the dropdown for x number of seconds? ...
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Selecting items for different categories in a dropdown

I have a dropdown box that I can use to select a device in the following manner: When the user selects a device, they are taken to a Device Homepage. The device homepage contains information about ...
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Is there a common term for an editable/searchable drop down field?

What is the common name or design pattern for a UI element which is like a combobox but has the added facility of typing to refine the options returned in the drop down.
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Best way to display a nav item with a single sub-page?

I am working on a nav which includes a page that has a single sub page like so: Home > Careers > Profile. If I want people to go to the overview or landing page first which has the majority of the ...
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Should I warn that drop down filters are mandatory?

When dealing with various drop down list of options, with one acting as a filter to another and the last one being the desired option per se, it is more advisable to treat all drop downs as obligatory ...
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Should I use a dropdown with only one item if in future this control might have more options?

We have a drop down selection that will only have 1 option. In the future this drop down may expand for some and not for others. Would it be better to develop it now as a drop down knowing that this ...
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How to handle “consistency” when the meaning of the word isn't…consistent?

We are currently beta testing a new top bar design on meta for the Stack Exchange network. There is an ongoing discussion about "consistency" and the top bar behavior when one clicks on an element. ...
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Dropdown option order best practices when not using alpha sorting

Looking for best practices on ordering dropdown options when using a logical sort vs an alphabetical sort. To keep this from being open ended, here are some specific cases: Chronological - i.e. ...
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How to indicate a meta-option in a select list?

I have a list of options from which the user might select one option. This list might be long. An example would be to select a screen saver. You could select a screen saver or you could select to ...
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Where did combo box/drop-down lists come from?

Where did the design of combo box or drop-down lists come from? Radio buttons can be used similarly, and also have a real-world analogy without computers (those fill-circle-with-HB-pencil papers). A ...
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Codependent (Filterable) Categories - Beyond the Dropdown

This is my first question here, I hope this makes sense. On a website, I am trying to represent Businesses and allow them to be filtered (AJAX) by 2 or more Taxonomies: Activity Type, and Community. ...
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When should I use a select box instead of radio buttons?

I know that a select box takes up less space and is good for lots of options. But should there be any deeper influences to my choice than space? Are there any studies that show users preferring one or ...
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Standard list of religions for dropdown menu [closed]

I am creating a form that will include a step about the person's religion, I have seen forms that contain a dropdown menu of religions, however I cannot find one which has a standard list of ...
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best practices for toggling persistence (“pinning”) of choices made by users?

What are best practices for UX that allows users to toggle whether a user's choice in a dropdown box in the chrome of a web app will persist across multiple pages and and multiple sessions? ...
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Reaching single product page in one click from home page

My client wants users to reach single product pages with one click from the home page. They also want to display products' images already in home page. The problem is that the product list is huge ...
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Hierarchical multi-state tree check box selection

I'm searching for a good/alternative solution to handle multi-state selections in a check box tree. A normal check box tree is mostly doable, because it has three different states. It might not be ...
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Best practice for a desktop version dropdown hover menu to work on mobile?

I'll give my example as it explains exactly what I mean. We have a store that on the main menu has a "Shop" link that when hovered over, will display a dropdown menu of categories and subcategories. ...
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Navigation menu with only one drop-down child — intuitive or not?

Here is a website's main navigation: Having sub-navigation on-click is pretty common and irreplaceable: But as a user and designer, I have struggled with the case where there is only one child ...
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Links inside a dropdown

I'm wondering if links inside a dropdown provides a valid user experience, if it isn't part of the main navigation of the site. For a news website I'm trying to come up with a nice way for the ...
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Break up options in a drop down by scope

I'm working on a social application whose main component we'll call Object. On the Object view there is a drop down that can contain as many as 9 options. Some of these options impact only a single ...
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Best wording of “blank” option for an optional select?

For <select> elements that require the user to select at least one option, basic wording for the "blank" option is fairly easy: "Select..." or something similar. However, for <select> ...
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How to make the options change for a recurrent button (such as add and locate)?

I am currently working on a new project for a financial trading and broking platform, where we are splitting the screen into 2 columns, one sidebar and one for content. The purpose of the sidebar is ...
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How to provide a visual interface for all selections

We are designing a visual interface which allows you to multi-select a few objects (say 5) from a large list of objects (say 1000). We are currently showing this on a drop-down, but we also want to ...
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Large set of options in a dropdown

I'm trying to design a widget which is a dropdown single selection containing a very large set of data. Because there could be 2000 records in the dropdown. Loading them at once will make the system ...
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Good user interface for multiple checkbox selection and a dropdown list (View/Editable mode)

I have a Dropdownlist and many Checkboxs. For any particular dropdown select value I will show all checkboxs and if their is already any database relation with that dropdown value I have set checkbox ...
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Drop down menu with language choice, what should the languages language be?

I hope the title is not confusing. I am talking about the (so common) drop down menu (doesn't have to be a drop down) where you choose the language. Something like this: As you can see this gives ...
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What is the maximum recommended number of item to put in a drop down list?

I am introducing searchable drop down lists to filter grid data. The number of items in a list could range from anything like ten to a ten thousand. The larger the number of items, the more awkward ...
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Category Drop Down List with Descriptions

I need a simplified means of selecting a category from within a form that is contained in a modal. The problem is that each of these categories has a LONG description that needs to be shown before ...
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Dropdown issues on Mac

One of the websites that we've been working on has a dropdown with <select> having multiple <option>s. In our Windows PC, the dropdown show only a number of items while on the client's ...
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List autocomplete delete/edit behaviour

I am not sure what these widgets are called, but they are the ones used to assigned tags to questions on SE and appear in webmail apps such as GMail and Hotmail as well: If someone could chime in ...
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Drop-Down List with two types of data? User choice of either

This is for a web based app. I currently have html select (drop-down list) where the user selects a widget. The list is currently sorted by a readable name for the widget, but I also want to allow for ...
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Combining text entry and drop down functionality

In a complex data entry app I am trying to minimise the amount of stuff on screen. So I considered combining text entry and drop down into a single element. So the user can either select from the ...
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iPhone Dropdown Menu element

Designing mobile applications is something I find extremely interesting, but I have recently become more interested in the UI element of a drop down menu for IOS applications. It does seem to always ...
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are skinned or custom dropdown downs good or bad UX design

I would like to know if the use of "skinned" or "custom" dropdowns is seen to be bad UX or not? I am aware that notable successful online retailers (who carry out Hallway Usability testing), do not ...
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Drop-down list blocks other content of the page [closed]

Here is an example that the drop down list blocks other content of the page when it's open. Any ideas of how to deal with that?
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Patterns for keyboard accessible drop down lists

Are there any standard keyboard shortcuts for making drop down lists appear? (in any kind of software, not just web based.) I'm going to write some JavaScript to make the drop down lists (select and ...