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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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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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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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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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 this timed-hover “like button”?

I recently caught "Where Good Ideas Come From" by Stephen Johnson on Alex Hillman's blog, and was intrigued by Alex's unique implementation of a 'like button'. Behaviour The element's initial state: ...
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Are hover states necessary?

We're having a discussion in the UX department here at work as to whether or not hover states are necessary to a UI. We're kind of divided. Here are the two arguments: Against (started the ...
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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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How do users know to hover over elements?

I realized something today. I was looking at a new icon at Airbnb's site, and wanted to hover over it to see if there was anything hidden that would expose on hover: there was. My question: How do ...
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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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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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Should the cursor change to pointer over radio buttons, checkboxes, their labels and selects?

I always do so because to me it feels nicer; it implies an action will happen on click. Especially for radio/checkbox labels, where the for attribute is correctly used. This is not the default ...
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Making space for the “drop cue” in a drag-n-drop design

I'm developing a drag-and-drop reordering interface for books on shelves. (You can try it live if you're on the latest WebKit.) When you drag a book over a shelf, it accommodates space for it by ...
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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, ...
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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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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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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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Should we be designing for touch first?

Touch interaction is becoming more ubiquitous and often the only option. Should we be designing for touch first or even touch only? What are the ramifications of taking this approach? As someone ...
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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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How often do users overlook controls that are revealed by hovering?

Techniques that reveal controls on hover (as used by apps like twitter) have been suggested as a way to simplify an interface and focus attention on content. However I wonder how many people fail to ...
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Best practices for rollovers on mobile?

I noticed that most mobile browsers transform rollovers into touch/tap actions. This is good, but of course there's no indicator that the action is available to the user. So I was wondering what ...
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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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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 handle tooltips on moving control/object?

My company is building an on-line map which displays moving objects (vehicles) and static objects (bus stops). When the user hovers over an item, a tooltip with additional info about all the objects ...
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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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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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Navigation & Link Hover State

Note: Please link me if this has been asked, I couldn't find what I was looking for I just had a conversation with my mate who is an Art Director in regards to a website he designed, when it was ...
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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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Lowering opacity on hover. Isn't it totally wrong?

It's a common practice to highlight an element on hover state. By highlighting it, I obviously mean making it more visible than other elements. But lately, I've witnessed the opposite trend on a ...
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Mouseover to reveal more data in a table

I have a table containing users like so: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups In the system, users can associate multiple emails with their account. When the ...
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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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How large should the active menu area be?

Here are two similar examples of a typical menu bar. What would you expect as an active hover area for click? Should it be the same or different in these two examples? Does the device matter? ...
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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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Using hover-overs on the web when the goal is to allow rapid clicking

I'm working to design a webpage where users are presented with a large number of product options, most of which will be irrelevant. Each product will appear as a tile and the tile will disappear upon ...
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showing buttons on hover?

Lately I have noticed that a lot of websites are displaying a delete "X" when you hover over that specific panel. I have been thinking whether or not this was very usable for the user because there is ...
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Does the hover functionality on Netflix's website break UI best practice?

For example: My explanation of what's happening in the gif: When a title has been hovered for a short amount of time, that title expands, pushing other content off the screen and grabbing the ...
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Name this widget: mouseover extends text that doesn't fit in its table cell

I'd swear this used to be a widespread feature, but now I can't find any evidence of it. A table cell contains information that is too wide for the column, so it is displayed in truncated form, and ...
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What do you call that interfacing zone?

What would you call the surface of contact which can activate an element when it passes over it. For example, the area that's covered is different whether you use a stylus, a finger or a mouse. In ...
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Why hover colors are often inverted

Recently I see more and more websites using color invertion as a hover visualization. For me it's really annoying as I usually start to read the first few words and than hover over the line to have a ...
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Why don't most forms have a hover state?

I've been looking at a bunch of forms and noticed that most form inputs do not have a hover state. Is there a good reason for this, that I'm missing? A slight hover state, to me, is effective because ...
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Is double click on a mega menu item commonly used?

I am working on a design which requires a mega menu to popup when top link is hovered over. The top link is also a link and clicking on it takes the user to a specific page. While this works pretty ...
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Alternatives to tooltips in tablets?

I understand this question has been discussed a couple of times on the site. However, it seems not to be getting the answer or inspiration I am looking for. BTW, my background is a programmer in case ...
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Duplicating dropdown heading

We've recently launched a site, (http://whispir.com/). My manager feels that the "Why Whispir" link may be missed, as it is triggers a hover menu. His feeling is that if people rollover "Why Whispir" ...
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Choosing the hover color of a link, logically

The menu color of the apple website fades out when you hover it, which I believe is wrong because hovering an item is like activating it, hence a positive action. With that said, what's a logical ...
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Standards or examples of graphically combining hover and sorting, in a column header?

I want to combine two things in the list header in our product: Sort highlight like Spotify. We have a small sorting arrow indicator, but adding a highlight to the header of the sorted column makes ...
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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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How does Windows 7 Aero taskbar determine button hover-state background colour [closed]

This has intrigued me for quite some time. Does anyone know the algorithm Windows 7 Aero uses to determine the colour to use as the mouse-tracking hover highlight on taskbar buttons for ...
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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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How to indicate data in a table is clickable on a touch device?

For users on a touch device, what is the convention for indicating each figure (cell) is clickable to a page with information on where the figure originated? On desktop it would be easy to have a ...
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Is it acceptable to have an editable field visible on hover?

I have a chart that is mostly used for viewing, but can be edited. It is a bar chart of percentages (beneath the bars) that can be edited. Unfortunately, if I display the fields the table becomes more ...