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How to focus visitors on the search bar when there's a category list also present?

A have a product category list on the left side of my store and I can't remove it. What options do I have in promoting the search bar so that more people use it? I added a action text inside the ...
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Are there any valid reasons for an application to steal focus?

This comment on another UX.Stackexchange question: that's not to force you to read it, it's to ensure that websites don't pop up the window as soon as your mouse pointer goes to click something in ...
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Floating animated message vs. confirmation message. When to use each?

Some pre-clarifications: By floating animated messages I mean the Firefox style messages usually appearing bottom right of the window, for example, when a file downloaded successfully. By ...
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How can I encourage my users not to multitask?

Context: I'm creating a website aimed at middle-schoolers and high-schoolers to help them collaboratively create stories. The site is gamified so that each user will want other users to vote for the ...
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Auto focus on the first form field; done right? [closed]

I want to add a bit to the flow of users, by making the first form field auto focus on page load. Initially the auto focus scares me a bit (sometimes called offensive). But as said in that Q&A, ...
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How best to handle a popup gaining focus in the middle of the user typing?

Often I'll set some process off, then change focus to another program and be typing away in a textbox (for example), when the first thing pops up into view, maybe with a Yes / No box which I'd then ...
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Hovering over an element to raise opacity

I'm working on a site where we display testimonials on the side of the page. We don't want these to be the main point of interest, so we dimmed the opacity, and on hover it goes to full opacity. We ...
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Removing placeholder text on focus

Chrome and Safari remove placeholder text after pressing first key in the text input. Firefox and Opera remove placeholder text immediately after focusing the text input. Which approach is better ...
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Which button should get the focus at delete dialogs?

I thought that most destructive actions should be avoided from default actions. But when a delete dialog comes, I see that most Windows applications (even the OS), by default, set the focus at ...
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Disappearing input field placeholder aesthetics for web apps

Background Users may provide various categorized input entries (e.g., danger, warning, avoid, and relax), such as those in the following image (e.g., "Relax #1", "Avoid #1", etc.): Problem When ...
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What happens when the focus rectangle isn't clear?

I get a lot of clients that comment that the focus box isn't obvious enough in some browsers. Is it common and good practice to make it more obvious? If so, how exactly do people do this?
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How to decide if auto-focus on search makes sense for the site?

I have code reference site ( QueryPosts.com ) that is largely search-centric and has prominent search form in sticky top bar. It has been suggested (and I considered it myself before) that search ...
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What are the requirements from a multi-row tab control in order that users will be able to intuitively tell which tab is active?

In the implementation in Visual Studio 2010's "Tab Well" (a feature of the "Power Tools" extension), pinned tabs can be multi-row, non pinned tabs are in one scrolling row. In Firefox's "Tab Mix Pro" ...
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Drawbacks of auto “focusing” on a web page's text field (JavaScript)

Do you guys know any drawback of focusing on a text field on a web page ? It's pretty useful when you know users will use this text field more than others (like on the google homepage), but it's a bit ...