Usually non-interactive text on in UI used to guide the user as to what information is needed or presented.

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User menu, User's menu, User profile, User activity or something different for block of menu of the user?

When you log in on the site, you have in a sidebar a menu of a user (block; or widget if you are familiar with WordPress) with links to his account settings, his comments, posts, private messages ...
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Are verbs necessary on field labels for a survey?

This is slightly different than this question regarding a small form. I have a multi-page survey that can take up to 10 minutes to complete. Right now, all of our prompts start with verbs, but I feel ...
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“Save as” title for selecting location

i have an UI Element : download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups I cant figure out the title/label I need to give this UI element. The element is used for choosing ...
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'My Account' or 'Your Account'?

I want to put a link to an account page in a toolbar. What person should I use to refer to the user's settings? Should I call it 'My Account' or 'Your Account'? I've seen both is use, and I'm not sure ...
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How to indicate a form-field error?

I have two candidates for indicating that a form field is in an error state. Option 1 Option 2 Should the error icon be in the field, or next to the label? Or something else? Or does it not ...
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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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Is it OK to change label alignment inside a form if labels vary greatly?

I am designing a form that asks for a lot of data in the form of Short Label [text input] However, in between all those short labels there's suddenly longer questions such as: Are there other ...
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How should I label a button which submits a form to start planning an event?

I have a simple form asking for this basic information: title, location, date, description, your name, invitees When the button is clicked the event is created and invite emails go out to all the ...
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What is the preferrable name for the Jobs / Careers / 'Work For Us' area of a website?

I am trying to talk a client out of changing the label "Careers" to "Jobs" or "Working with [my clients rather long name]". I have not tested this (yet) but my intuition is that "Careers" is a very ...
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ux review word for select all

Is is ok to use Select/Deselect All here or better to shorten it to only select all. Would the users know that if they uncheck the "select all" checkbox. Everything will be disselected
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How do I display two different actions on a page that have basically the same behaviour?

I am designing an application where I can share a call plan with friends and family. For this I have a requirement to provide actions to block a user from using a product and also to delete a user ...
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How to classify content and actions?

How can I classify a type of action or content? Such as distinguishing two actions and content, the Customer and the Seller. Would the use of colours be convenient? Example: Blue buttons indicate ...
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HTML label association with inputs; bad UX?

I'm a web developer having a weird UX issue. When I build HTML forms, I ensure that every input's label is implemented through a <label></label> tag and that each label uses the for ...
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Toggle Buttons “Turn On” vs “Enable” [duplicate]

For about a year now, we've used toggle buttons on a couple of segments of our site. We try to be very consistent in our user interfaces, always using the same blue button styles for every clickable ...
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Is the label orientation on this product a message from the manufacturer?

I posted a question on the DIY SE site, and it was recommended that maybe a part of it would be better asked here. Consider these two outlets: The blue WR logo indicates that the outlet is ...
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Which is better to design a Filter?

Which is better for filter, select a single value: Check box ( Use js to keep single selection ) Dropdown list Radio buttons Highlighted labels download bmml source – Wireframes ...
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How to differentiate between items a user 'Appreciates' and the 'Appreciations Received' from others

I am building a feature that gives my users the ability to "Appreciate" other users' images, posts and content. But I can not find a elegant method of displaying the two different types of ...
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Is the Windows Start button an example of poor mapping?

In my recent course on HCI, I've been told that start button on Windows systems is an example of poor mapping. The reason for that, as explained in materials, is that it doesn't start anything, but ...
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Have usability studies been conducted on the use of alphanumeric characters as labels for controller buttons?

Controller Question Over the years there have been a wide variety of home consoles each with their own (mostly) unique controller designs1. One thing that most consoles have in common is their use of ...
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Is changing a checkbox label's function to invoke an informational popover confusing?

I want to provide a short description for each criteria in a search filter. Would it be confusing to display a popover when the user clicks the label instead of changing the state of its checkbox? ...
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Alternative label for “Solutions” tab in main menu?

Analytics and heatmap testing show that users don't really click on the "Solutions" tab in our main menu. My guess is that this is because the "Solutions" label is overused and users are a bit blind ...
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How to represent “Beginning of Time” and “Infinite Future”

I am working on a reporting application and we fetch several records based on their start/end date ranges. Users can choose to leave both start and/or end dates blank. Examples: Example 1 - Date: ...
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Isn’t the FAQ label obsolete by now?

Don’t get me wrong in the beginning of reading this. I really mean the label and not the content of FAQ. The content is very useful if its’ made the right way (as here on ux.se), but there are plenty ...
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Dark labels or light labels

Just wondering what your opinions are on html forms. Is it better to have a light coloured label and a dark coloured value or the other way round, a dark label with a light value? What are the ...
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Wording for “select folder which we're going to create a folder in”

I'm working on an installer wizard, and one of the things which happens once the wizard is run is the creation of a folder based on your project name We have a step in the wizard to choose where this ...
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condensing a long uninterrupted string

I have some URLs and emails that are output into a column with borders, which is sometimes too narrow for the data. As a result it "spills over" the border on the right. It's too late to change the ...
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How to best label age group boundaries?

We're organizing people into age buckets. For example: 0-20 yrs, 20-40yrs, 40-60yrs... I'm struggling with how to best label the age buckets, there are two options: (A) Don't repeat the values, so: ...
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“Save to PDF” single or combine label naming choices

I have a web browser for searching records. The returned search results allows user to multi-select multiple records via tick boxes then user can click "Save to PDF" button either as a single ...
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Which is more likely to be read and processed: (related) text placed above or below an image/video?

I'm thinking about layout on pages where the main asset is visual — for instance, a photo of an item from the collection on a museum website, or embedded video as on YouTube and many news sites. ...
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Best formatting (aligment) for of a list of facts

In an application (though what follows applies equal well to a report) there will be a panel which shows a list of various statistics or facts, of this general form: "Category: data". So, for ...
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Top-aligned labels for multi column form

I am designing a search screen where I have 7 fields and have split it into 3 columns with top-aligned labelling. Is it a good practice design a web form with top-aligned labels in a multicolumn? ...
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Label alignment for report fields

I've seen information that indicates that top aligned labels are more efficient for input forms. Does the same concept apply to labels on reports? Is top aligned better, or is it better to use ...
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Do icons need labels on mobile apps?

There have already been studies that prove labelling icons enhances usability on desktop applications. This is why Microsoft Outlook started labelling its icons. Does the same logic apply to ...
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Are grayscale buttons with icons usable and effective?

The image here is old gmail new gmail, when no mail is selected new gmail, when mail is selected new delicious To me, the buttons are unlabeled and tough to discover. I don't believe the ...
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How do you deal with multi-part labels along an axis of a bar chart?

I am developing mockups for several charts that we need to display. One of the recurring problems I encounter is that the labels for the category axis (y-axis in this case) are actually made of of ...
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Is “magic” an appropriate label for a sorting option?

Heuristic-based analysis is pretty common in certain applications, and Apple has gone so far as to create their own user-language to describe the hard computery stuff: "Genius". I don't know anyone ...
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Any alternative text labels for a “Race/Ethnicity” dropdown? [closed]

The phrase 'Race/Ethnicity' or "Race/Ethnic Origin" is used throughout various data reporting. It just looks so odd with a '/' slash. Any alternatives? Here are a few examples of the slash in 'real ...
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Choose, set, or edit?

In the situation where someone has not yet chosen to set some optional data (such as their display name, gender, or birthday), which term is the better description for the action which they take to ...
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Can anyone suggest a way to label a default phone number?

I couldn't come up with much more than simply putting (Default) next to the number, which I'm not too fond of. Example:
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How do you test phrasing of labels, links, and descriptive text?

At my workplace, an academic library, we often have extended conflicts over exactly how to phrase labels, links, and descriptive text. For example, one link on our home page goes to a list of topics, ...
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Files size units: “KiB” vs “KB” vs “KB”

I'm working on a web app that will show the size of certain files, and I'm wondering if there's any consensus about how to report the units of bytes. Technically the IEC has weighed in with an ...
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Use of 'read more' on teaser copy on index pages - is it necessary?

I have noticed that on a lot of news web sites that they no longer tend to use a 'click here' or a 'read more' link at the end of teaser text as a call to action. They tend to rely on the Article ...
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Icon for “title” and “subtitle” [closed]

I am creating a template for TV programme details. For each programme, I have a title and a subtitle. Instead of writing "Title" and "Subtitle" in full, I was thinking of using an icon. What icon ...
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Better label for this menu button

On this page, at the top, is a row of menu buttons. The leftmost of these buttons: carries the label "table config." Under the button, the user can (1) change the font size and spacing of rows and ...
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“File” for name of drop-down menu

In Windows mostly, a lot (most?) applications have a "File" drop-down menu, with things like "Exit", "Import/export settings", "Preferences", ... Is "File" a blindly accepted standard/default? ...
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Is there a term/name for these labels?

Are there any conventional names for these informational labels?
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Should field labels be nouns or verbs?

On a web form should field labels be nouns or verbs? This issue arose from two fields on an account request form that currently read: Temporary Password Re-Enter Temporary Password There is debate ...
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Input field label position, in context of view and edit mode

We would like to use top aligned fields for our form page, wherein the label text is in bold and the input text, normal (not sure if this is the best scenario). In edit mode, this works fine. The same ...
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What is best practice for button labels?

What is the best practice when you're labeling your app buttons? For example, I have a button that links the user to the product reports page, will the button say "View Product Reports" or just ...
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Login wording: be terse?

I'm working on this login page: It has three "phrases" with more than 1 word, namely: Log in to your account Forgot your password? Create a new account. I have minimalist tendencies and would ...