A message box is a dialog box used to alert the user with a message, or to get input from the user via one or more button choices during the workflow.

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What to call “Cancel” when “Cancel” is already the default action?

When attempting to cancel a service or setting, "cancel" is the default action. What should the normal "cancel" button be called? Redbox uses a playful "just kidding", which may not be appropriate in ...
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Should yes/no dialogs also have a cancel?

I remember once reading an article that said whenever you present a messagebox with a Yes/No choice, you should always also provide a Cancel button, even if it does the same as No. The rationale was ...
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How the user should be informed that the file she submitted is not an image?

In a given web application, the user can upload images. Currently, when the user uploads something which is not an image, the JavaScript alert box with the message "Please Select only Image Files!!" ...
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What properly goes into the “caption” of a message box?

By convention, what is the best practice for the text that goes into the "caption" field of a text box? The "caption" field is the text that shows up in the title bar: I have experimented with ...
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Should flash messages fade out or contain a close button or stay forever?

Note: By flash message, I do not mean Adobe Flash, but messages that should be displayed on completion of an action. I am designing a web application and messages will be displayed after a certain ...
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Message Fade Timing

Sometimes one wishes to display a message for some time before removing it in some way (in my case fading). When implementing this idea, a problem arises: how long should the message remain fully ...
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Question mark in alert's caption

My doubt might seems a bit silly, but still... Should the caption of an alert/prompt popup have question mark at the end? For example, let's say that I have to issue a prompt to as for confirmation ...
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Is there a better label for the “OK” button in message boxes with just one button?

Having read "Should I use Yes/No or Ok/Cancel on my message box?", I do understand that message boxes with two or more buttons should use verbs instead of e.g. Yes and No. To further improve the user ...
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Correct ordering position for 'Yes', 'No' and 'Not now'?

What is the correct position for the 3 buttons: Yes - No - Not now (or Yes - No - Later) is it Yes - No - Not now or is it Yes - Not now - No This will be on a windows 7 windows application, on ...
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Confirmation in rescue system app

we are currently working on alarm system for firefighting groups. Basic action of our app is that you can confirm your contribution in rescue action, or you can deny it. This is basic view of it: I ...
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What's the right experience for deleting a favorite conversation from a messaging inbox?

I have a messaging app that produces a lot of conversation volume each day. I am adding a favorites section to the messaging feature, and need to define the flow for when a message is deleted. Here is ...
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How to name message box buttons when asking whether to cancel something? [duplicate]

As a follow up to my previous question, I still do have an edge case where I do not know how to name my message box buttons. Currently I'm having something like that: Since I rather should use ...