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Why did Windows add a pointer trail feature?

So Windows has had, for a while now, a pointer trail feature under the visibility section. But that's something I don't understand. The pointer trail itself is extremely annoying, and seems to me ...
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Double click behavior

I have noticed that in some cases the action associated to double click happens after the second mousedown and not after the second mouseup(windows desktop for example). This may make the application ...
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Should Keyboard and Mouse stay next to each other? [closed]

I am looking for some recommendations / papers that claim that a keyboard and a mouse should be placed next to each other. What about a case where the mouse is a used as an input device and the ...
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Are 12000 dpi laser mice overpowered for the human wrist?

So I've seen laser mice become more and more powerful over time, with newer models supporting increasing levels of "DPI". The latest ones I've seen support up to 12000 dpi. But what does this mean? ...
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Middle button on Touchpad

I had never seen live any laptop which touchpad block includes a middle mouse button. It always brings only left and right mouse buttons. So the question is: what can I do to achieve the effect of ...
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Usefulness of twitter tooltip? [closed]

i was wondering when you hover an element from your twitter profil as 'number of tweets' you have this tooltip comming out. Why do they need to repeat this information ? Is this for an ...
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Mouse wheel interaction with nested scrollbars

Nested scrollbars (a scrollable area within another scrollable area) present some unfortunate difficulties, mainly when scrolling trough them with the mouse wheel. Whether such scrollbars are a good ...
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What is the trend with buttonless mousepads? [closed]

Why is it that every laptop I see in the shops has copied Apple's concept of having no buttons on the mousepad, i.e. buttonless mousepads? I can't think of a more horrendous usability decision. Every ...
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Is it safe to assume everyone uses / has mouse wheels?

Is it safe to assume all users are aware of using the mouse wheel to scroll and that all users have a mouse wheel on their mouse? I'm hoping to implement a scrollbar which stays hidden even when you ...
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Can the mouse interaction be considered as a touch interaction?

I believe that experience comes after perception. So UX can be defined as the user's learning towards a perception. In the case of a web application, where user experiences mostly through sight, can ...
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Usage of mouse click or replacing with hover

Is it a better practice to user hover drop downs than onClick drop downs? Enter text field input on hover or on click? check this website hover state was elegantly used.Do check the communicate>the ...
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Smoothly transitioning from mouse drag to text entry

I have an application I'm working on where a portion of the interface is very mouse-centric. You drag the mouse to create/manipulate regions, then assign properties to those regions. Below is an ...
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Measuring “point and click” accuracy/speed of mouse vs trackpad

Are there any quantitative experiments that have studied (or that can be used to study) the usability of the trackpad vs the mouse, for the task of point and click? vs Say, for example, that we ...
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What is the expected result for mouse inputs in web based applications?

Clearly left-click is the most common, but how often are others like right-click and double-click used? What is the distribution frequency of those inputs? What is the expected result of those mouse ...
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Why do Mac's only have one mouse button?

Why do Apple Macintosh's only have one mouse button? It seems useful to have at least a second one for options that aren't regularly used.
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Why is the hand symbol used for the hand-cursor?

The question Why is the mouse cursor slightly tilted and not straight? brought up this related question. Why is the hand symbol used instead of any other symbol, say a spade, for the purpose of a ...
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Who created the Mac Mickey pointer cursor?

I just found out why the mouse cursor is slightly tilted*, and asked myself why the pointer cursor is a little Mickey hand. Do you guys know why is it like this and who invented it? Related ...
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Mouse-wheel scroll interaction for navigating through pages

The application is a windows8 desktop app (runs in fullscreen resolution, always). The app is a comic viewer. Each page is a scanned image, the height is variable, but it almost always overflows the ...
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Why is the mouse cursor slightly tilted and not straight?

Is this a legacy thing or does a tilted cursor serves a purpose? I can tell that, the angle provides a totally vertical left edge which helps when highlighting text but what else apart from that? ...
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Are actions within buttons easy to use?

There are examples on the web with actions within a clickable area. Does this create an issue with users mistakenly clicking a delete or close button vs the actual area? Examples:
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Why have two mouse buttons when one is sufficient?

Alternatively, why have only one mouse button when you can fit two into the same space? This is a question that a friend asked me during one of those silly Mac vs PC arguments that still happen for ...
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Should I use the terminology left/right click?

When instructing users which mouse button to click an element with, it standard practice to use the phrase 'left/right click': To download the file, 'right click' the link and choose 'Save Target ...
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Is Shift+Click for item selection a historical mistake?

I recently encountered a proof of concept demonstration which used the mouse to "drag and select" multiple items in a list. The current, widely accepted solution for multiple item selection is to ...
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Why are keyboards, Mouses designed to make sound when pressed and clicked?

Why are PC keyboards designed to be audible when they are pressed? That, IMHO, is a totally unnecessary thing as it generates noise that might disturb a peer who is studying nearby. The other thing ...
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What is the standard practice for a mouse-over “highlight” of a picture that is under the cursor?

I'm displaying several photographs. The user then selects (clicks) on one of them. I'd like to have a mouse-over highlight of the one they are "on". The photographs : are on a background the color ...
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Should the middle mouse button close tabs?

Most modern web browsers now close tabs when the middle mouse button is clicked on them, is this an expected behavior for other applications where tabs cans can be opened, closed and changed whilst ...
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Is a Long mouse click a valid and usable interaction pattern on a PC environment?

In a PC environment I have a virtual keypad interface for phone dialing purposes. I need both a clear character function and a clear field function. Is it OK to append both functions to a single ...
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Should web mega-menus that open OnClick close OnClick or Mouseout?

I have been doing some research on this site regarding whether a mega menu on a web site should activate/deactivate via hover or click. I found a question with good answers regarding actuating the ...
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Why does the mouse cursor switch direction over line numbers in programming IDEs?

When you mouse over line numbers in IDEs, such as Visual Studio or Notepad++, the mouse cursor is flipped horizontally. I can't think of a reason this would be a ubiquitous user interface decision. ...
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What is the expected timeframe of a double click?

In the web application, the user draws a polygonal area on a map each click setting a vertex. A double click allows the user to finish the area. Due to technical circumstances, I have to detect double ...
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Is there any emerging “standard” for the direction a screen scrolls when a trackpad “scroll” gesture moves downwards?

I mean this as a concrete question about what configuration is becoming standard, not a place for opinions about which feels better. The question is about what direction the screen scrolls, up or ...
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When to use reversed/mirror arrow cursor?

Is there an established pattern for when to use a reversed (right-pointing) arrow? I most frequently notice it in Outlook on part--but not all--of messages in my inbox: My Google-fu failed at finding ...
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Who invented the blinking cursor

I was wondering who invented the blinking of a cursor, because I was just thinking if it wouldn't blink the UI would be a lot less responsive.. so this must have been one of the first signs of ...
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Snapping to grid

What is a good threshold for a UI which allows users to place objects, snapping them to a grid? 25% of the grid size? Less or more? Should the user be able to change this?
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Mouse scroll wheel should target focus or hover?

I've noticed an inconsistency with controls responding to scroll input. Different OSs (and even different programs within the same OS) behave differently. Here's the scenario:- Imagine you have two ...
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Mouse over gesture in touch interface [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are some alternatives to “hover” on touch-based devices? I'm looking for a touch gesture/ other solution that would replace a mouse over indication ( like we see ...
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Any cheat sheet available that shows UX match between mouse events and touch events?

I am supposed to make a web App UI Design which can be used through PC and Tablet. I am looking for a cheatsheet or link where mouse events and touch events are matched? Eg. A mouse click on PC is ...
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Are there any recent studies of the “Keyboard vs Mouse”-issue?

Back in the late 80's, Apple Human Interface concluded that the mouse is faster than the keyboard, objectively. But also that every test person subjectively thought that the keyboard was faster. ...
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What are the costs of forcing a switch between mouse and keyboard?

If a user is entering text at a keyboard, then is forced to use their mouse for something (e.g. clicking a button in a modal dialog), what are the time and cognitive costs of that? Similarly, when ...
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Hide controls on a touch enabled device and only show them if someone uses a mouse?

We're building a responsive web site and we're having a discussion about how to display controls on a map. The theory is that people with touch-enabled devices do not need to see zoom sliders because ...
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How to test whether UI is usable with touch-screen on desktop

We are developing application for mobile platforms. But it can be tested on (windows) desktop and it's obviously easier than uploading to device. However mouse is quite a bit more precise than the ...
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Button Action: Left Click vs. Right Click

Has anyone ever seen the following design pattern in use, and if so, is there ever a good time to use it? (Button) labeled "Do Something" [User] left-clicks on (Button) [System] action A (Add) is ...
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What do you call that interfacing zone?

What would you call the surface of contact which can activate an element when it passes over it. For example, the area that's covered is different whether you use a stylus, a finger or a mouse. In ...
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What is the purpose behind mouse acceleration?

Windows XP enables it by default, I don't know about vista or 7, in Mac OS X you have to buy a shareware to remove both mouse acceleration AND accelerated scrolling. Why are those things always ...
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Hijacking the mouse pointer on context menus

Is this a good idea to hide the cursor, or maybe constrain its move to a vertical move, when the user has invoked a context menu? A context menu is basically unidimensional, so it makes sense to drop ...
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Is it OK for scrolling interactions to not scroll content?

This is a general question about scrolling behavior with a trackpad or mouse. I've been discussing this with my peers, and it's become quite a debate. Our conversations are specifically about the ...
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How to inform user that he can use mouse wheel to interact with an object?

On a website I have a map-like gizmo and list-like object. Both has their controls - the map has a google-map-like zoom giozmo and the list has simplified scroll bar. But both can be navigated using ...
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Shading buttons darker than the normal state vs. highlighting

While coding up pieces of a website, I was puzzled as to why the designer chose a hover state that is a shade darker than its normal state. It seems logical to me that a rollover state should be a ...
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Is double-click necessary anymore? [closed]

Double-click can pose multiple problems... you can move the mouse too much between the 2 clicks and it won't register as a double-click... or worse, it will be interpreted as a "drag"... same problem ...
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Multiple Monitors and screen corners

Most people in my workplace have multiple monitors with the primary monitor being to the left of the secondary one, and I have noticed that they have trouble closing applications. Generally, the ...