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

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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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Does navigation menu have to mirror the actual page structure in my site?

Can I put items in a navigation menu list, that don't actually mirror the website pages structure ? e.g. if the pages in the site follow this structure: Homepage |--Products |--Product 1 ...
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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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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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Where should I put “Check for updates” functionality?

Our application (running on Windows, but not a traditional application with menus and toolbars) has a feature that it can check for updates of the application, or of the firmware of the attached ...
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Training Video Section of website

I'm looking for some help with my training video user experience. http://advantageanywhere.com/advantageUniversity.html I'm currently working on a training area where the new users of our ...
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Accordion or drop down menus?

I am in middle of a confusion, where I am not able to choose between accordion menus and drop down menus? I have a menu of links, just the way I have shown in below Wire frame. [Learning Apps] On ...
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Menu builder suggestions

I have an online menu system that is used in the food retail business. The difference between a regular cart based store and a food store is the sub options a customer might have. For example you ...
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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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Organizing hidden commands in a customizable tool bar

We got a classic Windows tool bar with command buttons with icons. If you right click the toolbar you can choose Customize toolbar to open a dialog from where you can pick out the buttons to be shown ...
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Should I include all toolbar items inside menus?

An application I'm working on has a toolbar that doesn't have all of the buttons as commands inside the menus in the application. For me this feels quite awkward. The Java Look and Feel Design ...
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Android layout design for many menu options

What is the best way to go about designing an Android application that features quite a bit of formulas and conversions? I was thinking that multiple Activities with ListViews sort of like a tree with ...
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What is the difference between a Navigation Bar and Tabs?

Recently I found myself (potentially) discussing the nature of a horizontal/top navigation bar (h-nav-bar) and a tab set without knowing it. download bmml source – Wireframes created with ...
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How to make navigation bar clear?

I have a website titled 'Ibiza Party People'. I've made 3 buttons like: Ibiza(About us page)-Party(Photography page)-People (Blog page). This is a screenshot of how the menu looks like: I have ...
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Is the Macintosh Menubar Preferred?

The Macintosh is one of the very few desktop operating systems that shares a central, common, menubar across all applications. Even NextStep and Be operating systems, which were founded by former ...
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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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Dropdown navigation menus - should top menu option link to content?

I have a client with a group of users which seem to have constant troubles using a menu like these two examples: Pages (links to a list of pages in a grid from where the user has access to ...
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Does removing logo and general links do any good for better UX in a social network site?

I have a social network project in hand. As logo and main menu will be ignored after a while from users, I put the top menu in homepage,contactus,aboutus, and some other general pages. When user logs ...
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Should Navigation menu have a fix position in application with greater width?

I am developing a web app with 1280px width. Planning to keep 1024 for content and remain as Menu with fixed position. On scrolling main content the menu will not scroll. Will this be a good for ...
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good reason/guideline/heuristic/principle, according to GUI design pattern, to align maximise, minimise and close button on the left side in Ubuntu

Since Ubuntu 10.04 (and maybe some other Linux versions), we sometimes see the maximize, minimize and close buttons on the: left side: and sometimes on the right side: . So, can someone explain ...
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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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Usability research on sticky headers?

Sticky (or fixed) headers are not so uncommon nowadays, and for a large website that relies heavily on catalog and search functionality it may be a good choice to aid the user. As I am currently ...
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Is the logo good enough to use as a link back to the main menu for a childrens website?

We have created a fruits and vegetables game for children where they have to choose the correct vegetable in a grid of vegetables. This is a web based game. In this game, we have a logo at the top of ...
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Microsoft Visual Studio 11 - why would they use uppercase in UI?

Microsoft has been very transparent with their updates to Visual Studio 11. It includes a huge change to the UI design of the entire IDE, most notably colour themes, icons and capitlization. In their ...
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File operation open/close workflow

I'm working on an application (Mac OS X, if it matters) that opens a user defined file or folder, does a bunch of operations on it (as set up on the main window and tracked on a progress bar), then ...
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If a sticky window panel is larger than the screen size, how should I display it?

I have one panel at the right where users can choose search options that is a sticky panel. However, on different screen sizes etc., if the height of this panel is higher than the screen height not ...
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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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TDI vs SDI - when should an app that saves files to disk have one window per “document”?

tl;dr How should an application handle windows for content-savable-to-disk (sort of documents) behave under an OS that has menu-bar-per-window (Windows, Gnome Shell) and under an OS that has single ...
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Most acessed top menus according to position

I wondering where is the best position to place the menu in the top of the screen to it be visualized and accessed. I think that menus in the left side and near the content are most viewed and ...
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Should a popup close automatically after a user selects an option from a tree menu?

For a popup window that requires the user to select one option only from a tree menu, should the selection of this option automatically close the popup? I think this would break the fundamental rule ...
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Menu design for web app with multiple “projects”

I'm designing the UI for a PMS (project management system) web app which handles multiple projects. Basically, it's an app that is pretty similar in functionality to Basecamp so it needs to contain ...
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How to deal with multilevel menus

I trying to design a horisontal menu that sometimes will go three levels down. The thing that drive me crazy is to know if I should show all the levels. For example: About us, Products, Contact ...
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Is it appropriate to use the title attribute in a menu link?

My inclination is towards 'no', because on hovering over the centre of a menu link in Chrome, the display of the title attribute's contents covers the rest of the menu, which provides for a poor ...
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How should I handle conditional content for product listings?

I have a client who wants to have conditional content in the product catalogue of their website for each market/user base. The client has a lot of "user bases" and markets, each with different needs, ...
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Which of the following options best draws attention to the “buy tickets” action without detracting from the surrounding visual hierarchy?

I'm working on touching up (as much as I'm allowed) some of the design elements for a website. One client requirement is to draw more attention to the "buy tickets" link as this action is one that ...
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Scroll Down Menu

Lets say I have a scroll down menu with ten options. That menu comes down when a user hovers over a link. Problem is...When the menu comes down, it covers a bit of the text beneath it on the ...
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Is it still preferred/acceptable to right-align the Help menu in Windows applications?

Back when I first learned Windows GUI programming, it seemed very common to right-align the Help menu in applications. It seems this is no longer the norm in all of the Windows applications I ...
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top level menu takes you to a random sub level menu

I'm looking at a re-structure of an existing site and I have the following situation: There is a top level menu for example: Home; About; News; Resources; Within Resources there are various ...
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What is the recommended alignment layout for a horizontal menu bar on a web page?

I have a horizontal menu on the top of a web page (pretty common) and I was having a debate with a friend about the preferred and most logical layout of the menu items (centered or left) He was ...
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Is 'Home' button still a must?

I was wondering if the 'Home' button is still a must on a website menu, or are users already used to clicking on the Logo? There is a qustion on ux.stackexchange.com about this topic - Home button vs ...
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Using a TabBar with slide out side menu?

I'm working on designing the layout for an iPhone app which will contain three tabs. I'm trying to eliminate the tab bar if possible, but I'm not sure what my alternatives are. I'm considering a ...
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Should I reload only those areas of site where data has changed?

I think the rule is: Reload only those areas of site where data has changed. Don't fetch the areas where no changes have been made. The pros of this rule are: 1. Users will be able to examine ...
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How do you decide which links should be placed in the primary menu?

How do you decide which links should be placed in the primary menu? Should you only link to the pages and areas that get the most traffic? How should you think?
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Is breaking long menu names into two lines bad design?

I have a requirement in which I have to design a horizontal navigation with 6 menu items.The challenge here is some of these menu items are pretty long and if I tried putting all the menu items on one ...
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Do android users press the menu button?

I want to add a new function to my android application, but am a little bit confused in deciding where exactly to display the functionality. I can either show it as a button in the application or add ...
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what to use for default directory when doing “save as”?

When implementing a typical "Save as..." menu item for a desktop app, what should the default directory be? Must I do something different on *nix, OSX and Windows or can I get away with the same for ...
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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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When to use a UIPickerView instead of a UITableView?

When does a UIPickerView offer a better user experience than a UITableView? Does Apple's Human Interface Guidelines address this?
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When is it appropriate to combine “help/support” with “contact us”?

Suppose we have a horizontal menu at the top of our website like this: products | pricing | help | login | 800-555-1234 When is it appropriate to combine help/support with contact us? We want to ...
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Please recommend Improvments to the SE Menu Structure

Over at Programmers Meta we are haveing a discussion about the SE Menu Structure. Someone recommend we ask the Pro's over here for recommendations. So, What could\Should be done to Improve the SE ...