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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 ...
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Alternatives to cascading drop down interfaces

Our development team needs to create an interface to select a vehicle. First the user will select the Year, then the Make, then the Model, and finally an Engine. The valid choices for each choice will ...
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What ways can I present sorting options for individual drop downs in a web app?

Say I have a drop down with a full employee name and an ID, comma delimited... Some users may want to sort the values in this dropdown differently, in this example we'll say they may want to sort ...
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Best practice: dropdown selection with associated settings.

We have the following Dialog (see Screenshot) in our software, that I would like to improve. 1) The user should select a profile (screenshot: dropdownbox on the left) to use for the following ...
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How to improve the usability for dynamically populated drop downs?

I am working on an application for a client which has a "unique user interface" in which I want to improve. Currently, when the user comes to this web page, there's only one drop down shown for ...
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How to handle inter-related dropdown choices?

I've got a form containing (among other things) 3 dropdowns, each with about 5-10 choices. The choices in these dropdowns are closely related and some of the permutations will be invalid. This also ...
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FORMS: When to use dropdowns, and when to use dynamic lists?

Interesting that I couldn't find a discussion of this already. When should we use dropdown selects, and when should we use dynamic lists (updated as you type) in web forms? My opinion: Dropdowns ...
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Adding USA at the top of dropdown list of countries. OK practice or not?

Some web sites have a country dropdownlist where USA and Canada are listed at the top of the list (as well in their normal positions). I read once that this was insulting to non US/Canada users. The ...
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Why is there a convention on the web for dropdown menus on hover instead of on click?

This is something I've always wondered. On all major operating systems, application menus (File/Edit/View etc) only appear on click. However, nearly every web site that uses a drop-down menu ...
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2 row navigation vs. dropdowns

I've seen two different types of navigation bars when a site requires nested navigation, one where hovering over a link drops down an additional menu, and one where a second horizontal bar is ...