Hover is an interaction state where a pointer (usually a mouse cursor) is held over an item to perform an action or display information.

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How to ensure a user knows a box is clickable/hoverable

I have a calendar interface that indexes a bunch of gym classes for a user to pick among. These classes are represented as small boxes on the calendar, in a similar manner to how hipmunk.com does ...
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Shading buttons darker than the normal state vs. highlighting

While coding up pieces of a website, I was puzzled as to why the designer chose a hover state that is a shade darker than its normal state. It seems logical to me that a rollover state should be a ...
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Hover for More Info on a data grid

Should a data grid be able to use a hover for more information pattern? This type of pattern is commonly used in interfaces that have more of a thumbmail view of items, for instance on Netflix when ...
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Re-thinking “hover” functionality with touchscreens in mind

Take the following page as an example (possibly in Firefox only): As you hover over each search result, an "+ Add to Firefox" button appears. However, that idea of the button appearing upon ...
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How can I make it obvious that a page element is to be hovered over?

On my webpage I have five boxes containing the names of each step in a five step process. When the user hovers over one of the boxes, it expands and shows text explaining that process. How can I ...
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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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Best way to give user two controls (expand and select) on a single object

We're working on an organizational tree visualization, for each node (circle) in the tree the user has two options - expand the node to see its children OR select the node In general, the primary ...
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How to resolve a multilevel sidebar menu where parent sections must show children AND link somewhere

Note: When reading this keep in mind we may have more of an information architecture problem than a menu usability one. Suppose we have this menu: Item 1 ............ Should link to ...
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Should a button become lighter or darker on hover?

We're having a discussion in the office about whether a button should become lighter or darker when a user hovers over it. Here are some examples from the field: Apple "Buy Now" button (Second is ...
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Are hover menus in headers easy to use?

Do users find it easy to use headers/menus like the one displayed below?
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Should my menus drop down on hover + on click or just on click?

I have a web application that currently has menus that drop down 'on hover'. This is obviously an issue on tablets, etc. where there is no hover equivalent. So, I need to add an 'on click' ...
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Rough and fine adjustments with horizontal slider

I'm used to scrolling being thrice as effective as arrowkeys in Firefox. I want to give the ability to quickly and roughly adjust values by hovering over the slider and using the scrollwheel. Finest ...
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Examples of a zoom/pan on hover [closed]

I've got this user interface idea in mind for my dashboard app, and I swear I've seen it before but cannot find an instance of it on the web. The essence is that you present a thumbnail image to the ...
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Why are different cursors used when hovering over buttons in Gmail?

In the Gmail interface they are not consistent in which cursor they use on button/link hover. They use the "hand" pointer for: Links in the sidebar(mail, contacts, inbox, starred etc..) The mails ...
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iPad/iPhone alternative for hover states

I've recently updated my personal portfolio with some CSS3 and jQuery magic. I'm extremely pleased with the results and yes, it's fully responsive. But i have an issue. I've structured my portfolio ...
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Hover over icon

Along the lines of visual clues when hovering over a hyperlink, doesn't the same apply to icons? I ask this question since I noticed none of the SE sites I know of have this behavior when hovering ...
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Default cursor on mouse over of a button is not a hand pointer

Why is the default cursor an arrow when you hover over an HTML <button>? I always thought that arrows let you select stuff, but hands let you execute an action. Since buttons execute actions, ...
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Change text color when hovering over hyperlink

Should the text color change when hovering over a hyperlink? I usually change my hyperlinks to a lighter shade of blue upon hover. a:link { color: #0088cc; } a:hover { color: #0099dd; } I ...
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What are some alternatives to “hover” on touch-based devices?

Came up recently in a 37signals podcast: http://37signals.com/podcast#episode18 The straightforward, "brute-force" solution is to just use the first touch on a UI object as the hover. ...
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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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How long should the delay be before a tooltip pops up?

I'm working on web site in which a "ribbon" submenu pops up as soon as the mouse touches one of the main menu items. I'm trying to explain to the designer that it should wait until the cursor has ...
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box-shadow hover effect when box isn't necessarily clickable

It isn't a secret that giving the user feedback on a link hover (image swap/sprite, link color/decoration change, etc.) is a necessary practice for optimal UX. In css-tricks.com's recent redesign, ...