Questions relating to the use of the common pointing device.

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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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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 safe to adopt idea of double-click on a radio button? [closed]

(I have first noticed this with MS Office applications, but I have seen it also ...somewhere in Gnome, I can't remember where...) The idea If a dialog pops up that basically asks you to choose only ...
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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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Double-click on toggle buttons

I've witnessed a lot of old people double clicking on hyperlinks and buttons when a single click would suffice. This odd behavior would be troublesome for buttons that toggle a state. Take for example ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Using sound effects on Mouse Hover / MouseOver

I'm building an application that is will mostly be used by "novice users". My team wants to add a sound effect to help aid the user understand that something is clickable when they hover over a ...
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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 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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Conventional keyboard modifier for expanding/collapsing hierarchical tree view

I have a large tree view where users will often want to fully expand or collapse a particular tree. I'm providing a context menu with both of these choices, but I'd also like to allow the user to hold ...
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Using mouse scroll wheel to advance carousel; disable scroll up/down page

Is there any empirical data regarding the usability of websites that (for lack of a better word) "hijack" the (vertical) mouse scroll wheel to perform a task other than scroll up/down the page? My ...
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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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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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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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user interaction: diffrent ways of visualizing data

I have a project which contains a piechart. Every group in the piechart has its key, value, percentage and a description. Of the ways shown below, which is the best to visualize the data? Is there a ...
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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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Comparing mouse + Keyboard vs Touch Screen Input Devices?

Is there any research that compares the User Experience of using the mentioned Input Devices ? Thanks Edit: Basically for my dissertation i'm planning on creating a usable interface for a voting ...
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How to get users to tab through forms instead of mouse-picking?

Is there a way to teach, persuade or force users to learn to use the Tab and Enter keys to navigate simple forms, instead of clicking the next field with the mouse? This is such a productivity-killer ...
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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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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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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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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 ...