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What is the best way to gather optional data using radio button groups and drop-downs?

I'm ultimately asking a theoretical question: what is the best experience, in general, for gathering optional responses using controls with mandatory input? Consider specifically radio button groups. ...
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Drop down indicator for a circular shape

It's easy to indicate an item is a dropdown when the item has a rectanglar shape. For example, . But when the item has a circular shape , what's the best position to place the indicator?
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Consistency in navigation

Is it going against best practice to have some items in the main navigation clickable and other items not clickable they just reveal a drop down? Should the pages that reveal a drop down have a ...
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Should I use multiple synchronized dropdowns in a big UI

User Story: The user can create a schoolclass 7a The user can create a pupil for a schoolclass 7a The user can change the shown pupils for the current selected schoolclass 7a Question: Should I ...
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How to deal with mega-dropdown menus with inconsistent content?

Context: desktop site which shows data. The main menu has from two to four levels. Without the possibility to change the page content and the menu architecture, we have to optimize the menu view. The ...
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Where should the «clear» would work on one or multiple drop-down list on a row?

Allowing a clear button to appear when the user begins typing characters in regular input is very welcome for the touchscreen enable app I'm building. The challenge is to "reset[ear](The clear button ...
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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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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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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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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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DropDownLists becoming TextBoxes - Should the user be able to go back?

So I have a menu on web application I am developing. In this menu, there is an option for how many Project vacancies one wishes to create. The user can choose as many as they need (large numbers will ...
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Choosing from multiple credit cards, radio button or dropdown?

On a checkout page we offer the ability to store credit card information. Once a customer has stored their card(s) we need to offer them the ability to choose which card they would like or add a new ...
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What dropdown option should be selected: Monthly without discount or Yearly with 50% OFF?

I offer web services such as hosting. In a <select> field, wich option should be pre-selected? 1 month (without discount), or 12 months (50% off)? The question might seem kinda obvious, the ...
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Massive data in mega dropdown - looking for inspiration

I need to design a mega-dropdown navigation for an online store and I'm looking for some inspiration. Here is some information about the project. The content is categorized at two levels. The main ...
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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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Are dropdowns styled like select menus bad?

As you can see below, I'm thinking of using a multi-function dropdown styled as a select menu in order to let users set a time range. My question is : from a UX perspective, is it wrong to do so? ...
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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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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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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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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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Hide Controls Until Usable

I have a drop down box where the first item is blank indicating they haven't selected anything yet and then it's filled with other choices. There is also an insert button beside the drop down. The ...
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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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How to allow 'Select none' from dropdown properly

I'd like to allow selecting none from a dropdown menu (web). On the other hand, there are no labels so I would like to also let the user know what the dropdown is for. What's a good way of achieving ...
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Drop down menu best practice question

I am working on a page containing a tabular list of schools (see http://www.guidetoonlineschools.com/online-schools/non-profit). This list contains the name of the school, data on its tuition, ...
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Best way to represent multilevel multiselect location dropdown

So i have this very major UX Issue, I have a set of locations with hierarchy Country> State> (Optional, to be placed if it makes the UX better) City> Neighbourhood> I don't ...
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Providing a user with the option of a drop down or a custom entry textbox on a web form?

On a web form I'm currently working on there are several places where there is a drop down of common entries, and a text-box below which a user can enter a custom entry type. I'm at a loss as to how ...
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What's the best way to explain what the options in a drop down menu mean?

Please see image below. The drop down I'm struggling with is the "permission level" drop down. Users won't be immediately familiar with what the different permission levels mean. In the screenshot, ...
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Dilemma: dropdown design with active link and active sub elements

I have an element that could look a bit like the one below (it's not a select box). My challenge is that Sport (in this example) is just as important as the subsections (e.g Football, Basketball) ...
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How to simplify six cascading dropdowns

Please suggest me how I would able to simplify selection of vehicle by six parameters: Manufacturer, Year, Model, Transmission, Engine, Drive. Currently we are using six cascading dropdowns aligned ...
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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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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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Select with accompanied textarea alternative

Problem: I have a requirement for a predefined list of text that can range from 100 to 400+ chars. This list should be shown to the user in some fashion and then, once one of the items is selected, ...
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Two different ways to narrow a large list from a select drop-down

I'm revamping our registration page with a lengthy list of professional certifications. I am using a plugin that dynamically searches the drop-down based on user input. Is it preferable to have two ...
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Choose existing or creating new category

Our current implementation gives the user an option to select a category from a drop-down and to add new category. The problem is that this button under the drop-down does not work very well. 1) ...
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Dropdown execute action onChange

I currently have a dropdown that adds a selected section to the page. Originally, the dropdown had a button associated with it to execute the addition of the section. I've since changed it to ...
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Drop-down menu navigated using hand gesture

I want to put hand gesture on a webpage. Usually, in webpages, there's navigation bar that is located at the top of webpage. Often nav-bar is in a form of multi-level menu, like drop down menu. And by ...
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Events for displaying datepicker

I currently have a function that displays a datepicker when the user actively chooses "Custom range" instead of "Today" or "This week", like this: Datepicker. The thing I'm uncertain of for now is ...
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Are there any UX Patterns or research that support Mac OS treating standard dropdowns (selects) as modal like interaction?

Background: Recently I was working with a widget (Select2), and found what I felt was a rather large UX issue, the <select> box (dropdown) was being treated as modal interaction with a ...
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Mobile navigation - off-canvas or dropdown?

I'm working on a responsive site where the main navigation gets compressed to a "menu" button when at a mobile small-screen size. I feel like there are 2 strong methods for handling the navigation: ...
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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 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 to elegantly create new parent when midway creating new child and realize you need a new parent?

I have a child record called customers. So when I create a new Customer, it's a form with a few text fields and one dropdown tree structure that lists all possible Companies that a new Customer might ...
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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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Radio buttons or Dropdown for same list of options

I have a list of options where the maximum number that can appear is 9. I am wondering if it will be confusing to switch controls for these options depending on how many appear i.e. use radio buttons ...
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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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should a dropdown toggle icon be up or down?

I keep hitting this issue and wonder if there's a hard and fast anwser: On a dropdown widget, should the icon be up or down on either state? For example when down should the icon be pointing up to ...
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Best way to add the same information to more items on a list

Imagine we have a list of people. They are to do a task. I have the option of giving them extra time. I could give Peter an extra 5 minutes for example. What is a good way to give all people an ...
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What should be the default option of an optional dropdown list containing search criteria?

I have a form where users can search for legislators in the US. One of the search criteria is the Leadership Position, as a dropdown. It can look like this for example: <select ...
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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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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 ...