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Present user with configuration before use?

I have a graph which can render both surf height or swell height up the Y-AXIS. The users have the ability to toggle the display value, but there must be a default value, which ever way I default the ...
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Why don't applications explain reason for greyed-out icons/menu options? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Don’t hide or disable menu items? I think applications should explain why an option of clickable icon is greyed-out i.e. not selectable or not active. For example a ...
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Alternative actions: nested submenu or interactive question?

I have a user interface that provides two alternatives for one action. The alternatives describe how the chosen action should be performed by the computer (different goal functions or heuristics of an ...
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Save session state on search option change or after getting the search results?

I have a widget that helps looking for posts in my site. Here's a picture of the widget (site's not online yet) I want to use html5 session storage to store the widget options among pages. When a ...
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How could the usability of Wordpress' “Screen Options” be improved?

WordPress has a "screen options" button, which when selected allows the user to determine which options they want to see on the screen. This image is when it is expanded: Compared to the standard ...
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How to design a form that requires the user fill in one text field out of three

I am having a form where I want the user to fill in one text field out of 3. These 3 fields are used to identify other clients in different ways (Phone number, Email or Name). The last text field is a ...
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adding items to a list

When adding items to a list, is it better to let the user... select the options first, then click 'add' to insert or click 'add' to insert blank item, then user selects options? download ...
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How to allow the user to state 'No preference'

We have a situation where we have a list of choices (e.g Beers) from which a maximum of one may be chosen to associate with another item (e.g. My favourite beer). It's also possible that the user may ...
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Radio button groups with thumbnails

Please advise which of the following approaches is more usable: Switching images, all captions are visible: All images and captions are visible: Swithing captions, all images are visible:
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What is the best way to display 15-50 choices when most users will select all and not know meanings, but some users will want specific choices?

In a program with users spanning from basic users with limited knowledge to super users with specific needs and detailed knowledge, we need to offer the option to select and deselect among elements ...
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What voice should an option you don't want users to change be written in?

We have a form with a bunch of options that impact how our service will work for a given account. Most of them are positively-voiced questions ("Allow this to happen?"). There is one option that ...
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Choosing between a default option and an occasional alternative action

I have an Outlook macro at work which pops up a panel every time you send an email, asking whether you'd like to file that email into various public folders. This is useful and we use it all the time ...
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When are you giving the user too many options to choose from?

I have many screens in an app I am working on with a Date Range selection as part of a filter for some data (graphs, etc.). Currently the most typical options are "Previous Month", "Current Month", ...