A menu is a list of commands presented to an operator by a computer system

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Are there alternatives to hamburger + drawer menus?

On the internet there is a lot of bashing on the Hamburger Icon & the matching Nav Drawer. I realize it sometimes might be a pattern which should be avoided when simpler, more explicit options ...
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Is it bad practice to use Guillemets (laquo and raquo) on links?

Is it bad practice to use the HTML entities of the guillemets « («) and » (») on links? Originally they're used in many languages like French and Spanish to indicate ...
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Difference between “callout” and “popup” (terminology)

I noticed that many in web development talk of "callout" and "callout menu" but they all seem to talk of different things. According to Wiktionary one meaning is: An annotation that pertains to a ...
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Quad menu vs other menu types

I recently stumbled over quad menus and found perfect for usage in complex editors and for staying "in flow" while modelling. However, this pattern is only rarely used, as most editors use very long, ...
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Menu with icons and checkable items

In a normal windows application, I've (context) menus. Many of the items have individual icons for better recognition. Now, some of the menu items are checkable. The "standard" way of showing the ...
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Should an “Enable”/“Disable” menu item use a checkmark or change its text?

I’m working on a desktop application. Some of the menu items allow the user to enable or disable certain functionality in the program. There is some disagreement on how these menu items should work. ...
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Does avoiding the hamburger menu on Android break a core platform UI pattern?

We are trying to decide on the main navigation structure for our app. I have read all there is about the disadvantages of the hamburger menu (aka side-menu, drawer). The use of a visible navigation ...
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“Fluid Touch” gesture menus on mobile applications

A few weeks ago, I read a blog post about a way to reduce clicks/touches when selecting items from expandable menus: The most common behavior is touching an icon to open some menu, and touch again on ...
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Passive tabs on a drop down navigation menu?

Asumming I have the case of a menu where I have several options in only some categories (products): Should I always put some content on the button "Products"? Or I can skip it so people go to ...
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Menu Contextual Order

The application I'm working on maintains lists of timezones, countries, cities, & venues, and it allows the user to manage those lists (list/add/edit/remove) via a menu. My initial approach was ...
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Should I only allow the user to type a “Yes” or should I allow anything except a “No”

In something like a console application, is it better, when asking the user if they want to retry, or add another object, etc., to accept which of the following: (after taking only the first letter ...
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iTunes 12 application menu design concept

In most applications the position, style and interaction with menu elements tend to follow a consistent pattern. In the latest version of iTunes the menu design (other than the standard File menu bar) ...
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Android- Navigation Drawer with sub-menu

I am designing android app in which I have some categories and sub-category. What I am doing? In first image I have placed category menu item with sub-category menu item in Navigation Drawer. Sub ...
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Sub menu with same name?

I was wondering what was the best practice when having a menu that could point to a page, but contains sub categories. Here's my case : Contacts Listing <-- This is my issue Additional fields ...
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Mobile Multi level navigation with “split” button (access to sub-levels)

I was wondering how you would handle a multi level off-canvas navigation menu with split buttons. By split button I mean that the user needs to be able to click on the text (level 1) to access level 1,...
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Hamburger menu for responsive portfolio

In a portfolio web design which focuses on the mobile version design (because of the scenario in which users will use it) does it make sense to keep a hamburger menu for the desktop version? It's a ...
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Pagination at bottom of pages only

I'm considering having the pagination menu shown only at the bottom of pages on my website Also to save screen real estate on mobile devices The pagination looks like this PAGE 1/3 >> or ...
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Is swapping out the entire Left-Local-Side-Nav a bad idea?

We have a large Website with hundreds of pages. We have a horizontal global navigation, and a left-local-side Nav to navigate through a group of related pages. As I was browsing clicking down from ...
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Mobile Drill Down using TableView

I need to build a search screen on a mobile phone, which has three options such as search by building, search by a department or search by a location. As soon as the user choses one of these options, ...
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Second menu on mobile

I have a secondary nav which is related to the content on the current page as opposed to the primary nav which is a global menu. What is the best way to have two menus on mobile. Both have to be ...
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Is it common practice to click on a logo to go the home screen? [duplicate]

I'm designing a website and am creating the wireframes first. I need the website to be as clear and simple as possible. I have 7 menu options in the main menu, one of them being a 'home' button. But I'...
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UX research to build category navigation for video site

I have been asked to make categories for navigating on our viral video site. So far I'm thinking of doing the following ux research: Open card sorting Make our list of the most popular videos into ...
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Why show the global menus only on mouseover in Ubuntu Unity?

The new Unity interface in Ubuntu since version 11.04 has a global menu bar. This menu bar shows a behaviour that I find very surprising, it hides the menu entries as long as the cursor is not above ...
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What's the name of this vertical tab-like menu control?

I've been trying to recreate this sort of component in JavaFX for a while. The thing is, it looks like a ListBox yet each item functions like a tab. In web design, I'd simply call this a "navigation ...
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Should main drop-down menu always be titled File

First my question, and then the details below: Should the main drop-down menu in a windows application always be titled "File" or should it be titled something more appropriate to the options it ...
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Horizontal menus, do they scale?

I'm a user of a popular website that uses horizontal menus for navigation. As the site's functionality grows, the number of menu items also grow. As the horizontal space is limited, the design choice ...
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How to deal with mega-dropdown menus with inconsistent content?

Context: desktop site which shows data. The main menu has from two to four levels. Without the possibility to change the page content and the menu architecture, we have to optimize the menu view. The ...
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Should the main drop-down menu in an application always be titled “File”?

First my question, and then the details below: Should the main drop-down menu in a windows application always be titled "File" or should it be titled something more appropriate to the options it ...
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Login icon vs global icon on mobile

I'm working on a mobile website and have hit on an uncommon problem. The global site menu uses a hamburger menu (I know there's documentation we shouldn't be using this anymore - but that's another ...
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What is the correct term for the grace period when a user unfocuses an element

I remember reading some time ago that nested menu interfaces should not follow the mouse exactly because the user often moves diagonally when travelling into a child menu, so the pointer might pass ...
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Is it appropriate to use an ellipsis in website left-hand navigation?

I'm working on a site that primarily has a flat hierarchy. It's very wide and shallow (lots of sections hanging off the root of the site, but very few subsections). As a result of this the design has ...
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Gratuity (tips) interface for Mobile Point of Sale (mPOS)

here is our current design of Mobile Point of Sale (MPOS) UI for the Gratuity (leaving tips if simple). MPOS is that device that you see mostly in supermarket when paying by card (small screen, card ...
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How should content of right slide menu be designed?

I have two options for displaying content in a right sided slide menu but am having a disagreement with my co-founder on which to use. Neither one of us is a designer but we're trying to figure this ...
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Why not have the hamburger menu at the bottom?

Considering this : http://www.lukew.com/ff/entry.asp?1649 ... and considering that displays get bigger, I'm wondering why the hamburger menu isn't located at the bottom of the UI. Just like this (...
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Should mobile slideout menu close icon indicate direction of view change or UI movement?

Building a responsive site for a big consumer brand, and we're using a hamburger slideout menu from the right. This slideout will move the content off screen to the left, rather than sliding out over ...
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Where should the “preferences” item go in a desktop application?

I find that the "preferences" menu item is always in a different place, and often under an arbitrary name which always makes it a pain to locate unless you're already familiar with the software. I ...
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What are some alternatives to dropdowns and wizards for multi-level options?

I am trying to design user interface that allows a user to select out of multiple workflow options. The options list is fixed but has more than couple of options. It's important for the user to be ...
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iPhone app - bottom menu vs hamburger menu

I'm working on a news and prices app, and I'm currently working on the menu. The team has 2 different approaches: a traditional bottom menu or a hamburger menu (like on Facebook app). Which approach ...
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Is the vertical left hand menu obsolete?

It seems that most of the major websites do not use vertical left hand menu anymore. Why is this? And should I avoid it for my own website?
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What is the research behind using darker contrast menus for global navigation?

I am working on a web application for paid clients to use to access different types of data. I am working on the information architecture and I believe that having a space for global navigation ...
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Nested menus on small screen

I have a small number of pages but one page had a few sub pages. In mobile I was happy to have the nav open like so. More sub pages have now been added to the sub pages so the mobile nav looks ...
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Best way to display support, contact, and preferences in Mac App

I'm trying to decide what the best way to display the following options to a user is: Contact / Social Connection Links (ex. find "company name" on Twitter / Facebook) Support options (ex. in-app ...
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Hamburger Icon/Android Iconography Guidelines

I have the Hamburger/Menu icon in the top left corner of the app in the Action Bar. I know that the normal action bar items (which are on the right) have specific rules about size and opacity (like 60 ...
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Why do websites use a graphic instead of the HTML entity `&equiv;` for the menu icon? [closed]

Every time I see a website with a menu or a navigation bar, i see the three dash menu button?. And they always use an icon, .gif, .png etc... But there is an HTML entity for that: &equiv; -> &...
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iOS: Alternatives to UITabBarController

I do have an iPhone and iPad native application that mainly consists in a login screen after which comes a UITabBarController with 5 options/parts. My problem now is that I am about to include new ...
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Different actions in page menu

I'm creating a new menu for a web site which consists of several labeled icons which when clicked give a drop down sub menu. Due to the content, some of the main menu options do not necessitate a drop ...
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How to make a menu discoverable with the right icon on e-commerce mobile?

i'm designing an mobile site ecommerce. On a meeting i've seen the last wireframes developed (see image) of the topbar detail. The right icon show a lot of different actions (like cart, my account, ...
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Organizing application menu

I'm hesitating between these two ways of organizing the menu. I prefer option 2 because "Side menu 1" could grow quite a bit and it seems cleaner to me. On the other hand option 1 allows faster ...
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Pattern for desktop responsive menu and visibility of selection

For a horizontal navigation menu with submenus, what is a good pattern to display when the number of menu items in the primary navigation does not fit the current page. For the desktop view, don't ...
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Don't hide or disable menu items?

In 2008, Joel Spolsky wrote: A long time ago, it became fashionable, even recommended, to disable menu items when they could not be used. Don't do this. Users see the disabled menu item ...