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

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Adding “Select…” as first option (placeholder) of dropdown list

Would it be considered a good practice to add the word "Select..." as the first option of a dropdown list? I think it's redundant and not at all necessary and what is in the dropdown list should be ...
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Should the “Help” menu really be called Help?

Most of todays applications have a menu called Help as the last element in the menu bar. But many applications are using the Help menu as a general container for anything that does not fit into other ...
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Measuring Keystroke Against Click Count

Currently working on bettering our internal tool/ticketing system's UI. We have several products - broken up by category, of course. Each product has an email template that a technician will wend in ...
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Better approach to blue/underlined for link?

We have a web application that allows users to query a database. The results are returned in a breadcrumb style interface. We brought this change in at a new version, and assumed it was ...
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What is the best name for login/logout button [duplicate]

About the system: Web application with users like WordPress. The question: What is the best name for this "login" toggle button? Options: Login / Logout Log in / Log out Log In / Log Out Sign ...
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Responsive Menu that has a LOT of menu items

We have a responsive menu that on mobile just shows the top level menu items (x8), but on desktop also shows hover drop drop downs with service areas within the parent menu item. The problem is we ...
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Is the upper-left logo an acceptable place to put a master site nav menu?

For a number of reasons, having a number of main nav dropdown menus in the top bar isn't feasible. I'm considering making a master site navigation dropdown by clicking a down arrow right next to the ...
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What shall the recent tab consist of?

I have a site which creates activities and perform various functionality in it. It consists of two tabs, current and recent. Current activity -shows the name of current activity on which user is ...
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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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Do “add” or “edit” functions need a confirm button?

I am designing a UI that includes a list of items that you can add to or edit. When you click on an item it turns into a text dialogue. When you click off or hit "enter" it saves the changes. Does ...
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3-state control on/off/suspended

I’m creating a prototype for a system which will give the user to control a specific feature in the system by switching it on and off. To control the feature we have a 3-state control: on off ...
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Navigation hierarchy: categories next to single items at the top-level

In our new product we have several pages grouped into several categories. One of those categories is more important than the rest. Moreover, we have relatively a small number of pages and categories ...
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Replicated bars and menus consistency

So, using Google tonight I noted, in the results page, some links get duplicated among two bars, one anchored at the top, and a second one below the search box. You can compare the initial page with ...
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Icons and colors on menus

I wonder when (if at all) it is appropriate to use icons next to menu entries (drop down menus, right click contextual menus etc). I have noticed that pretty much all of the menus I have seen only ...
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Maximum usability for purely text-based menus?

I'm designing a 'retro-style' video game, in which the user has to navigate relatively complex (around six or seven options on the screen at a time) text-based menus very often (once every minute, ...
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Navigation toolbar design

I'm working on a new web page using a navigation toolbar at the top of the screen. There is an employee profile box on the left, certifications (if any for that employee) in the center of the toolbar ...
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App menu created from keywords

I have application which allow users to select video and play it. I have for each video few keywords and with help of WordNet I created tree from these keywords. So now user can go from generally ...
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Hover over a disabled item to know why it's disabled. What do you think?

How many times did you use a desktop app or an online page and you come across one or more menu items which are disabled and you have no idea why its disabled. Using help or documentation is of no ...
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What is the name for the horizontal tabs expanding / contracting kind of navigation?

Can somebody tell me if there is a name for this kind of tab navigation implementation?
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Should I place my menu on top of my mobile version of this showtimes website?

I'm trying to design a simple website that will show movie showtimes in a few cities. It's going to be a french website but I translated the important content in the screenshots and the website to let ...
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Side panel navigation default on or off

I'm designing a web app specifically for all tablet traffic. I'm going with the very popular left side panel navigation like youtube,fb etc. The icon to open/close the navigation is the standard icon ...
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Removing main menu on large map page

I have a small map on my page, and want to allow the user to look at a larger version of it if a link is clicked. On this new page, the map will essentially be full screen, covering everything except ...
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Thoughts on mobile 'matrix' style navigation?

What I mean by 'matrix' style is something along the lines of But could potentially be a multi-page menu as well (accessed by swiping left or right). I feel these designs try to mimic the iOS ...
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Where can I find examples of solutions for four level menus? [closed]

I've got a huge site with a menu looking kinda like this: Level one Level two Level three Level four Level four link 2 Level four link 3 Level one link 2 Level two ...etc The top two ...
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How to manage actions that could be nested 3 or 4 levels deep?

I have a site that has a main menu that is tabbed, and a sub-menu that always displays actions for the current selected tab. For more areas on the site, this works perfectly, but one of the tabs is ...
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User Profile, My Account, or just Settings?

I am writing a little webapp, and am stuck on a UI hangup. I have a global menu bar at the top of the screen, that when the user is signed in consists of: Signed in as Joe User (with username as ...
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Web application, minimal design, white bg — how to contain top menu links?

I am working on a web application that has a typical top nav, using this paradigm. [logo].........[search bar]................[home] [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [logout] By top nav, I mean that ...
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How to indicate top level menu not clickable?

Working very test example here: http://learntango.webfactional.com/ I am working to make my Argentine Tango website more friendly to new devices mobile touchpad etc I (the tango teacher) am ...
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What ways are there to highlight a selected option or link without using bold?

What is the best way to highlight a selected option in text/link format without using <strong> or <b>? I cannot use underline as they are already links and are therefore the underline is ...
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What is a clean, uncluttered way to have a “Main Menu” access button in a videogame?

I am trying to design a UI system for a computer game I am creating, but I don't know how to have the player access the main menu without clutter and unnecessary distraction. The ideas I have ...
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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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Where should I put a sub-menu on the screen?

This might seem like an odd question, but where should I put a sub-menu on the screen, assuming the main menu is horizontal - similar to the Questions/Tags/Users/Badges menu on this site. The ...
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Global drop-down: Necessary?

I've architected and am now designing a site that has level 2 vertical navigation. It's featured on the upper left corner of all sub-pages EXCEPT for the sub-section "landing" or "main" page because ...
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Menu in right sidebar vs left sidebar

What do you think, is it better for handheld device users to use site menu when its in right sidebar (can click it with thumb/right hand doesnt block view when user click on menu item)? The reason i ...
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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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Term for menu that appears at the top of many webpages

What is the term for the menu that appears at the top right of many webpages? Here are two examples:
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How shall I display my application version and contact details to the end user

The traditional approach for displaying application information to user is through Menu. User select Help > About and we display a popup displaying the details. Is there a better approach doing ...
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What order to choose for subnavigation links in mega-dropdowns?

We have changed our navigation and switched to a mega-dropdown-menus. Now we had some discussion how to arrange/sort the subcategories inside the dropdown layer. One opinion is that the user is ...
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Arrows for Navigation/Menu/Expandables Misleading?

When a user visits a site they are presented with some sort of Navigation Structure. Typically the arrow is a standard convention that alerts a user that when this item is clicked an action will ...
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Alternative way to display too many buttons

I'm working with a user who wants to have everything at a push of the button. When viewing a record, he wants big buttons across the top of the screen to return to the search, return to the search ...
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Should I allow users to reorganise menu items?

I am working on a video sharing application. Would it be best if I allow the user to organize the menu items: e.g. Home Videos Users Account User would be able to organize them as: Account ...
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From an application that prints, would users expect a print preview feature?

I am making a medical application, which has the need to generate reports. People want paper copies of the information visible in the application. I am loathe to implement any sort of print preview ...
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Alternatives to Menu + Toolbar or Ribbon

The main application I'm working on has a very traditional (and boring) old school menu and toolbar, the toolbar indeed just a row of 16 small icons. It has worked for us well over the years, but ...
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Side Navigation Arrow Placement Right or Left?

I have been working on a project that involves reconstructing a page side navigation. Throughout the project i've researched current trends in navigation structure and noticed arrow placement on the ...
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Navigation with or without sub-navigation?

Considering following site architecture, where each category has multiple products inside it: /Home /About /Products/Category 1 /Products/Category 2 /Products/Category 3 /Products/Category 4 ...
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Should we call “Home” something else?

In the main navigation menu of a website, should we call "Home" something else? I am guessing that from a broad UX perspective, the answer is no -- but when are other names viable? When are they ...
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Rationale behind not having infinite undo [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Undo History - Why limit it? First off, this seemed like the best spot as Undo is a de facto user interface requirement for any editing program. For school we use ...
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Should we avoid using the word “my” in menu items?

I'm working for a site that is basically a regional/provincial hub for everything from events to classified ads. When you first get on the homepage you get provincial news, events, classified ads and ...
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Grouping menu items

I've got an issue, with a menu on my website. The menu has 15 items, which are not simply navigation, but contains links to tools, settings aswell as regular navigational links. The website is a ...
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Hiding main navigation on secondary pages

What is an effective design to hide/minimize primary navigation to focus the user on secondary navigation, while still providing access to the primary nav? (rephrased from below to make it more of a ...