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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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How to deal with whitespace left by fixed field width?

I am creating an infopath 2010 form, which will be accessed through a browser. Unfortunately, the browser based infopath field widths don't change based on the width of their contents. So, if you ...
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Pros/Cons of having a select menu open by default?

I have a client that wants to have their select menus open by default. In other words, for them to have a listbox behavior that is typically used for selecting multiple items, despite the fact that ...
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Can a drop down have a list of items where only a few can be multi selected and the rest only selected once?

I am design drop down list for a business application that has about 15 items and of those 15 items about 4 of them have 1 to many relationship, meaning those 4 can all be selected at once. However, ...
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Drop down configurable(can add options) on the go or in settings?

I have more than 20 dropdown(select) menus in my Rails application. For example see the below image, The plus button next to Contact Type drop down will help the admin(and other users with the ...
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How do I best maintain top level nav links when they open a dropdown on click instead of hover?

I'm working on a Bootstrap site and having difficulties figuring out the best solution for structuring the nav. There will be about 5 top level items, each with their own subpages accessible through ...
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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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Is a multiselect (with a few exposed options) always better than a drop down menu?

Consider the two inputs below: Ignoring the poor label placement for a moment... It seems to me that in many cases, either of these inputs could perform the same function. Do either of these ...
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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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What Options Should an IRC Chat Room Button Have?

This one comes with a bit of backstory, so I apologize for the complexity of the post. I'm a web admin for a forum that has an associated IRC Channel. The forum has been around for two years, but we ...
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Design tips and best practices for visual navigation on mobile

I'm designing a visual drop down menu something like this: Any suggestions on how to adapt this for mobile and tablets? I'm struggling with balancing the imagery vs making it fast and functional. ...
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Apply All option after selection option of combox

I have a table with a set of rows. Each rows contains a dropdown box to perform an action over the row (see this example). But I want to give a possibility to user to chose if this action will be ...
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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 or Sliding for choosing

A user (conductor) will pick a destination taking the minimal amount of time. Since this is a ticketing system which user can tap or swipe. Check the Example of 2 set of images below: The 1st set ...
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How to highlight that drop down filter has non-default option selected

I have a drop down filter with a different options, where the first item in list is the default one. How would you highlight when user change that default option to something else? For example when ...
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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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Enforcing mutual exclusivity in multiple constrained choices

I want to offer the user the choice of one of n choices. The natural choice is to use a dropdown list box: Here, "Album name", "Artist name" and "Track name" should be mutually exclusive; only one ...
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Dropdown list or Look Up Form

I am creating an application (specifically in FileMaker) that would store information about Vehicles, Drivers and the Trips done by Drivers using a Vehicle. In my Vehicle Details, I have Manufacturer, ...