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Should dropdown menus be indicated by arrows?

Should dropdown menus be indicated by arrows so users can distinguish between dropdowns and non-dropdowns? Does this depend whether we're talking headers or bodies, primary or secondary navbars? Do ...
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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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slider vs. select box / dropdown

I've got a web app with two related UIs for adjusting a value. The first allows the user to add or subtract up to 100% of the amount. It's for an estimate, so rough ranges (e.g. every 10%) would be ...
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Pros & Cons? - Single dropdown VS double dropdown VS multi level dropdown

I’m working on an application with some complex dropdowns which have selectable main categories and sub categories. Some dropdown lists could have up to 40 options - which is quite intimidating to new ...
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When should a dropdown be used?

I am working on the design for a large food shopping chain who is holding a contest. One of the requirements was that users can vote for their favorite item online or in the stores. My initial design ...
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Alternative way to display too many buttons

I'm working with a user who wants to have everything at a push of the button. When viewing a record, he wants big buttons across the top of the screen to return to the search, return to the search ...
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Drop down list for unknown number of items (can be thousands)

I have a form in which the user has to select an item from a (possibly) long list. The user may or may not know what text to search for so auto-complete is not an option (may be just complementary). ...
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At what option count should I add a search filter to a drop down element?

I have a booking tool that offers a list of services to choose from. The option list is variable per client. Some clients offer one service, some have twenty or more. One client requested a search ...
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Drop-down list inside add button or panel

I have a screen where user defines his competencies. Each competency have to be later described with some details, so each is presented as a separate panel. Below the last Competency panel I put an ...
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Are Radio Buttons or a Drop-down more appropriate to scope a search?

Below are Mock-ups of the two choices to scope the search. The radio buttons would expose all choices initially. The drop-down search pattern I've seen more often, and I think users would be more ...
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Level selection on dropdown

Designing a radio button interface for selecting how many sub-levels you would want to display for a website main menu dropdown. The options are: OFF 1 level 2 levels Considering that the default ...
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How to indicate that a page section can be expanded?

Currently I am working on a project that displays available classes for each semester to college students. I have divided the classes into certain broad sections (ART, BIS, BIO etc..). A user has the ...
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Android: Action bar vs. Toolbar, Spinner vs. Dropdown

Is there any distinction between the key functionality of Android controls: Action bar vs. Toolbar, Spinner vs. Dropdown. To me they seem to be the same and I wonder if there is a reason of ...
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Microcopy for “all people”/“no special group”

In the editor of our new app you can add people to the project and assign them (editors/reviewers). When adding them to the project you can filter all users on the account by predefined user-groups ...
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Usability of multi-level tabs versus dropdown menu for navigation

We're in the middle of a redesign of our client portal, and there's been some discussion about whether to pursue a multi-level tab design or a dropdown menu (used on the current version of the ...
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Optimal Number of Categories for Users to Choose from in a Dropdown [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Optimum number of choices for menus/navigation If on a site, a user needs to put their post into a particular category before they submit, how many choices is too many? ...
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Which is better to design a Filter?

Which is better for filter, select a single value: Check box ( Use js to keep single selection ) Dropdown list Radio buttons Highlighted labels download bmml source – Wireframes ...
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What do UX guidelines say about dropdown boxes in table cells?

download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups I have been trying to look at Apple Interface Guidelines and Windows UX guidelines about what standard behavior for drop ...
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Would Breadcrumbs be effective if they incorporate Dropdowns?

I'm currently thinking about adding a quite comprehensive section to a website: the section I'm talking about starts at level 3 of the overall website and itself has another four structural levels. ...
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How to accept multiple types of input to a table cell?

I have a problem with a column in a table in which the cells may receive data in multiple ways: You may write a number, say 1.0. If you write you can only write numbers. Place an object in the cell, ...
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How many visitors (percentage) click the main category of a multi-level navigation menu (e.g. About Us) and how many select a sub-level?

I'm curious what people instinctively do and whether anyone has data on it. When I go to About Us, for example, I click on it rather than on a sub-lelvel, which usually has "Meet the Team," etc.
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Good web-form dropdown alternative for unfamiliar fields?

In general, I try to limit use of dropdowns to lists of no more than ~15 or so options. For larger lists with options the user is familiar with, I tend to favor autocomplete text inputs. However, ...
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OK for dropdown button to be on the left?

Perhaps a minor point, but I thought I'd ask anyway...Normally, the button to drop a dropdown display is to the right of the display area, but I have the option to put it on either side, like so: ...
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Price plan table with multiple payment options

I have a pricing plan table with multiple payment options. I'm not sure whether it is best to place the pricing options in a drop-down (and fire off the submit on the "onchange" event) or simply have ...
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Autocomplete returns more than X records

I have read How many items in a web form drop down is too many?. I almost agree with Vitaly's answer: no more than 30 (X) items in a drop down. So if auto-complete request returns more than X records, ...
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Use of Website Category Landing Pages

OK, here's the situation: A reasonably simple website with a primary navigation menu including drop-down list of sublevels on hover. Each navigation level may have 3 - 6 sublevels below it, none more ...
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Replacement for long drop-down list

I'm currently working on a part of our application in which the user edits a document. Part of the application allows the user to input certain "parts." We've implemented this as a couple of drop ...
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Any alternative text labels for a “Race/Ethnicity” dropdown? [closed]

The phrase 'Race/Ethnicity' or "Race/Ethnic Origin" is used throughout various data reporting. It just looks so odd with a '/' slash. Any alternatives? Here are a few examples of the slash in 'real ...
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How to explain to director that a multilevel dropdown menu isn't a good idea

My director and designer want to make a big drop-down menu on our site. Multilevel menu : | MENU 1 | MENU 2 | MENU 3 | MENU 4 | ...
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What examples are there for grouping multiple site tools under one button or dropdown?

We're considering moving links to all our site tools under one button. Clicking the button would open a modal exposing links to these tools. The button would be in the header and be available on all ...
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How to provide keyboard navigation in editable table that includes drop downs?

I'm designing a business application. When the user enters the main data entity in the application part of the form is tabular. Since some of the users will have an intensive usage of this ...
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Selection in a dropdown with two different input formats

I am building a tool which will be used on a regular basis by call center agents. The tool is concerned with supporting products - and as such each product has a product page which contains ...
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Better to use hover vs. click to display dropdown menus on main navigation of web app?

I work on a web-based medical records system. In the previous version, main horizontal menu employed ExtJS. It used the standard click to display the sub-menu found in ExtJS. I'm considering whether ...
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jQuery AutoSuggest or Dropdown for Data Input

We are working on an improvement to a project that requires users to enter their state, city, and street to get a result back based off what they entered. The current model asks users to freeform type ...
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Default gender, “Male” or “Female”

Should our default gender when selecting male/female on the dropdown list be based on the local sex ratio (if a country have more female than male then female is the default value)?
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“File” for name of drop-down menu

In Windows mostly, a lot (most?) applications have a "File" drop-down menu, with things like "Exit", "Import/export settings", "Preferences", ... Is "File" a blindly accepted standard/default? ...
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Drop down consistency needed on navigation on site header?

I am building a website which has a horizontal navigation in the header. Only some of the top level menu items sub-pages, so there are only drop downs on a few of the navigation options. I didn't ...
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Is it ok to use drop-down menus in Mobile Website?

Is it ok to use drop-down menus in a Mobile Website which opens on clicking? Like http://ux.stackexchange.com
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A workable tag auto-suggestion design for mobile devices

Over at Stack Exchange we (fairly) recently rolled out a mobile design for all of our sites. This was definitely a 1.0 attempt, and while I think it's a huge improvement over what we had (which was ...
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What is the best way to indicate required fields in a deep, category dropdown menu?

We have a UX situation in an enterprise site for a very large customer that has a very deep product list for a support site. We need to indicate that the product field is required, but deeply nested. ...
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All my users are from Afghanistan; or, how to get users to correctly fill out a form

I have a website with a form users fill out to create an account. Following advice from this forum and other places I am asking for only the minimum required information to create an account, i.e. ...
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Progressively Filtering Options

I am modelling a selection from a product matrix. The customer envisions this as a series of dropdowns which progressively filter what is available in a subsequent dropdown. So for example the first ...
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What ways can I present an addtional field to combobox when user can't find item they looking for?

I have ComboBox and it has item inside user can select item they want, if they can't find item they can select first item (Not in this list) and input data in textbox (textbox will show if user select ...
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What is the name of this combined button/popupbutton?

This button is in the new Firefox, but what is the name of it?
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What does the user want to do to see a menu? Press a button? Hover?

EDIT: Thank you everybody for your answers and opinions. Just what I needed and was looking for. I wish I could accept every answer. I have a huge, unwieldy page that's just a deep, wide table. User ...
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Drop-down field with only one value

If there's a form that requires a user to select, let's say, one of the email addresses he/she has on file in his account, would it be bad practice to make that menu item a drop-down regardless of how ...
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When are drop-down menus really necessary?

I always find myself with customers who want drop-down menus because 'they are used to them'. So I started to wonder: When are drop-down menus actually necessary?
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How many items in a web form drop down is too many?

A colleague and I were discussing usability and drop downs and we wanted to know: Is there a best practice or rule-of-thumb for how many items in a web form drop down (select) is too many? At what ...
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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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Examples / best practices for dropdown menus with checkboxes [closed]

I'm looking for websites with good examples of a dropdown with checkboxes. I know that the gmail labels menu is one, but I'd like to see some more. General best practices are also very welcome. Is ...