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Allow Blocked Content - Informing the User

I'm trying to find the best experience to informing my users to enable blocked content. The problem is, on IE, when running an html page with scripts on a local network, it blocks it by default. The ...
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How to improve UI within a form, where a field can change type, based on data you want to enter

Goal: I want to have a input field that changes its name and value based on what the person wants to enter. Scenario: I have a form that currently goes like this: Some Data input field ...
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Why does the caps lock key have a down arrow as its icon?

The caps lock key has a downwards arrow like this as its icon on most keyboards: Isn't that hugely counter intuitive and inconsistent with the way the Shift key is designed like? One would imagine ...
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Multitasking UI in Photoshop - Good or bad?

Being an advanced user of Photoshop, I never noticed this until an intermediate Photoshop user pointed out how they had misunderstood it. Perhaps it is partially due to the steep learning curve of the ...
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Who established space as a pause button?

Title is pretty much self-explanatory, which application did establish space as a pause button in media players in general?
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Alternatives to Heavily Datagrid based data entry / editing

We've got a well established software base... thats getting on the dated side... and a lot of our UI relies on many datagrids on the same page/form etc. I've mentioned that I think this makes our ...
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Color picker in touch devices

I'd like to know about design templates for color pickers that would work well on touch devices, more precisely on tablets. It should be intuitive, it's for non-experienced people and specially for ...
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Email status request panel

I have been tasked to create a panel to display the status of an email server. I want to offer the client the information, status and next steps i.e. 'phone number' in the panel. How can I display ...
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Better alternative for readonly information in input box

I have this form where the topmost row (File #, Patient & Med.Aid) is readonly. Input boxes in this row are readonly and the cursor turns to "banned" icon on hovering those fields. I can't find a ...
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Room Bookings: What approach is best/intuitive/user friendly?

I currently have a side project going where I am learning AngularJS, the side project I am working on is a web based room bookings application. So imagine you are an employee of a company, and you ...
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How best can I indicate a table cell is clickable?

I have a table with lots of cells, containing products to buy. Certain cells will open a popup when clicked, which shows similar products. The rest will not (because no similar products exist). How ...
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“Copy from” vs “Import”

This question arose suddenly as I was implementing some new features in my app. Maybe I`m just overthinking this one, so I hope you can help me make things clearer =) The question When user takes ...
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Greying out or hiding information icons

I've seen a lot of posts here about greying out or hiding controls and menu items, but this question is about greying out or hiding informational icons in a selection list. I'm curious on your ...
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Best way to communicate an abstract app concept such as a 'workspace' to users

The issue I'm struggling with is fairly specific, but it touches on a general UX topic, which is how to help users grasp some abstract app concept, such as some information organization or structuring ...
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Why are nested elements scrolled to the opposite direction?

My question is about scrolling conventions, and spatial scroll conventions in general (even here it's only horizontal, but same applies for vertical scrolling). Looking at the below mockup, why is it ...
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Improving a 'page layout' editor's user interface

Below you can see a screenshot of a web-based page layout editor. It is basically a drag and drop WYSIWYG editor for interactive apps, and allows the user to use a page backdrop and add a "layer" of ...
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What's an intuitive interface for making connections between UI elements?

I just released a web app that basically lets you create notes and connect them: http://www.noodl.in. However, a bunch of users have had issues creating connections. I'm not exactly sure what ...
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Are circular menu / button interfaces intuitive?

I have been seeing a few of these 'Circular menu' UI concepts around. Recently a similar UI was proposed as a central element for a large project I know of. For example, one of the options would be ...
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Is there a UI precedent for changing permissions?

I want to keep the pages really clean, so I don't want a button for every feature ("Share this", "Upload", "Edit", etc... pretty soon the page will be covered in buttons). However, I can't think of a ...
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Should a confirmation of the style “Your message has been deleted” be green, yellow, red?

For success messages, I usually use green, for warnings yellow and for errors red. Now in the trash folder users can delete messages permanently and restore messages. I got confused which color would ...
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Press-and-hold or Long-Press Gestures: Unintuitive?

Often, I find people struggle with the usage of press-and-hold gestures on mobile/web platforms. The mere thought of having a user press on a defined object and hold for an arbitrary amount of time ...
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How to better name modal buttons “Cancel Request” (submit), “Cancel” (cancel)? [duplicate]

One modal-box asks the user wether they want to really cancel the request. Now there are two buttons (submit) and (cancel), but how to best name them? All other modals use text like "proceed" (submit) ...
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“Adding and Subtracting a Value” Horizontal or Vertical Controls better affordance?

"Adding and Subtracting a Value" is Horizontally aligning the controls less effective than Aligning Vertically? I am working on a project, where we are trying to squeeze a user interface equivalent ...
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Do we really need a “Remember me” option on a Login page?

I'm wondering why do we need to ask user to make a decision, for how long he want to be authenticated? This is done by having "keep me signed in" option login page: Why can't we simply "predict" ...
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How to walk the user through a complicated UI on a small iPhone screen?

I've been building and building and ended up with an app that I now need to educate the user on first use. It is a very "sophisticated" and quick icon generator for programmers. My app has up to 16 ...
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Most intuitive settings icon [closed]

I'm designing a user interface for a WPF app. I was wondering which icon is the most intuitive to represent a Settings section. In my experience a single/multiple cog wheels seems to be the most ...
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Know any good UI/UX jokes? [closed]

Are there any UI jokes out there? Seems like other industries have their own jokes, I was trying to think of UI design, couldn't come up with much - but that's not to say they don't exist?
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Should I use a radial menu design for a touchscreen game?

We are working on a game for android. We had a normal menu where each menu entry is below the other. As we find this boring, we looked to different approaches and came across the lock screen on ...
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Icon for ascending-descending sort [closed]

I'm trying to come up with two icons to represent ascending-descending sort order which would allow the user to sort the members ('bars') of a chart/visualization. The control will be a toggle ...
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Form auto completion and button placement

I have a form which represents a book, the user enters the title, authors, publication year, etc... We have a feature which will auto-complete the entire book if the user enters enough info for us to ...
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What is the most effective color to be used on notifications?

I need to choose a color to be used with notifications. I was placing an exclamation mark over a red circle, but I was told it looks more like an error if you haven't seen it in the UI before. So now ...
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Intuitive vs. Efficient: Which is more important?

When faced with a design decision in which one option is more intuitive, and the other is more efficient, what guideline should be used to prioritize one desideratum over the other?
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Easiest way to tag content

What's the most user-friendly way to provide tagging functionality to a website? I like SE's tagging system: You can use type it in but there's also autocomplete It shows each tag separately It's ...
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What is it about our mental models that app-centric seems more intuitive than content-centric?

I always thought that content-centric was the easiest for people to deal with, i.e. "I want to change this document", and not "Let's run this app so I can then change that document". It seems that ...
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Are tri-state checkboxes too complicated?

Normal checkboxes are easy, they have a checked state, and an unchecked state. But how do you go about indicating a third state for a tri-state checkbox? Is it too difficult for the user to discover ...
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Most intuitive favorite icon [closed]

Similar to Stefan's most intuitive delete icon question. I'm designing a web app that allows users favorite pages. A lot of big sites use either a heart or star symbol -Which one is most intuitive? ...
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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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Are some of Windows 7's UI less intuitive than previous versions?

One feature I can't understand is the minimize to desktop button. I can't imagine why it is more intuitive to put it as this little tiny transparent strip on the bottom right hand side instead of ...
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Expected behavior of an outline

The other day I was discussing outliner behavior and thought I'd bring it over to this venue. Consider the following outline: Now, let's say I want to decrease the depth of I.A ("First Point") to ...
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I want to let the user toggle a column heading to sort a grid by a date field. How can I make ASC/DSC intuitive?

I want to let the user toggle a column heading to sort a grid by a date field. How can I make the ascending/descending dichotomy intuitive? EDIT: I was looking for date-column specific solutions.
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Do I really need a login button?

We've been having a discussion in the office surrounding a login page we're developing for a new web application. The web application is in intranet-based application, and is mainly used by users who ...
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What objective qualities make a user interface intuitive?

How is intuitive defined in terms of UI? Are there any studies about what objective and measurable qualities make a user interface intuitive? What design principles, patterns, or approaches are most ...
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Is it true that “the only 'intuitive' interface is the nipple”?

Everyone knows the famous quote (by Bruce Ediger or Steve Jobs, I'm not sure): The only "intuitive" interface is the nipple. After that it's all learned. It's an amusing gem, but is it really ...