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OK/Cancel on left/right?

Should OK button be on left of Cancel button or vice versa? Are there any studies suggesting either of the solutions?
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Should checkbox labels be to the right or the left?

I've got some checkboxes with text values of varying lengths (from say 5 characters up to about 60) - which is the preferred layout? Value to the left and checkbox to the right, or vice versa?
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Should the OK/Cancel buttons be aligned right or centered?

Where should I put the OK/Cancel buttons on my dialogs? At the bottom centered or aligned right? I've seen both and I personally don't care, but I want to create a consistant look across my ...
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Placement of buttons for Previous, Next, and Save Draft actions

I am designing a five step form. The user can exit the form and return to it later. So I have a Previous, Next, and Save Draft action. What is the ideal placement of the buttons/elements? I want ...
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What is the important aspect to consider when deciding where windows interaction buttons should be placed?

In most windows desktops the minimize, maximize and restore buttons for a window are placed in the windows decoration on the top right. However, MacOS and now Gnome in Ubuntu have placed those buttons ...
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Horizontal and vertical menus in web applications

It is now very common to find top horizontal menus in websites. Some reason of that might be habits and Jakob's law. In web applications you might find a menu on top or on the left side equally. Most ...
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Emerging UI trend: comments in the margin - pros and cons?

Context: Irrespective of threaded-vs-unthreaded comments, I've noticed that a few sites have started to experiment with comments in the margin (as compared to comments above or below content in a ...
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Where should the “Add to cart” button be placed in the product page?

I came across this awesome question on LinkedIn. The author has posted it across multiple UX groups (some open & some closed) so I'd like to preserve the best answers in one location. Many ...
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Is there a recommended location for a submit button in relation to a cancel on the web?

On the web, is there a recommended location for the submit (Go, Search, Submit, etc) button in relation to the cancel, reset or back button? I'm thinking the recommended positions makes it easiest for ...
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Where to place currency symbol when localizing and what to do with odd symbols

Is there a suggested, single location to place the currency symbol every time for any given locale? For example, always on the left with a space before the amount like this: R 10.00 $ 10.00 € 10.00 ...
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Best place for placement of error messages on a form (both generic and specific) [duplicate]

I'm working on a simple registration form which, when invalid data is entered, will display both a generic error (e.g: "There is an error on your form") and also specific errors (e.g: "This is not a ...
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Where should form instructions or hints be placed?

I was browsing Forrst and came about a screenshot of a form designed with Twitter Bootstrap that had the label on the left, the input field on the right, and the instruction that it's required under ...
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Position of negative/positive buttons [duplicate]

Consider two buttons: - OK - Cancel Should the positive 'OK' button be placed on the right or left? Is there some rule or convention that needs to be followed in this case. Consider the following ...
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Is there a “best place” to put ads in an app to avoid user irritation or will users look over them anyway?

I'm embarking on a new project and one of the stipulations from the client is that the Android app I am designing MUST have banner ads in it but they are also to be put where they will "cause the ...
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Placement of “done” checkbox button

My team is having trouble deciding where to place a done checkbox. We have a website containing a collection of pages in a row from first page to last page. Each page can be a text or assignment. ...
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How to choose the better placement for Sidebar: Left or Right?

I have a question about sidebar navigation. I am designing a web page for latest news and placed the sidebar (news navigation) on the right side. My logic was that "On the news page at first people ...
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Volume controls: Why is left down and right up?

I see a lot of people discuss the order of buttons (e.g., should OK be on the left and cancel on the right? or submit button on the left or right?) but something that I wonder: Why do volume ...
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Placement of the logout button/link?

In my experience, having a "logout" button/link of some description in the upper right hand corner is (or was) pretty standard. Is this documented/recommended anywhere? Sites that require javascript ...
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What's the Best Placement for Save/Cancel Buttons on Very Long Forms?

I have a big project creation form having atleast having 30-40 fields where i have already grouped the relevant fields as a set(splitting into 3 columns) with proper headers, but still i have a long ...
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Keyboard shortcuts versus mouse usage

I've read about Keystroke Level Monitor and I believe that for the (call centre) application in question the keyboard is, without doubt, the correct input tool for the job. However, there are so many ...
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Where to place list filter controls?

Suppose the user -- from a CMS backend WYSIWYG editor -- opens an Insert link-dialog. When having a list of possible link destination pages, where would be an appropriate place to put filter ...
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Forms: Sample description- for label or field? what should be the placement?

I need to place example input text [abc@pqr.com] for a field or label. Where should I place example (or sample) input description? Here, I have shown four examples of an email ID input for ...
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What is the optimal position for a right click menu?

We're in the middle of designing a web application with a right click menu, and I was thinking where to position it relative to the position of the cursor. There are different solutions: Solution ...
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Does the 'mile high menu bar' still apply to web apps?

In this article from Joel on Software, Joel talks about how the easiest parts of the screen to click are the edges, and how putting menu bars at the absolute top of the screen increases usability. Can ...
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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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Where to place a delete button in a modal

Currently in our application we have tables of information that give you some of the most important data and them we have a view more link that pops open a modal dialog and gives the user all of the ...
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Login Form Placement/Isolation

If you go to http://www.notableapp.com/, you will see that when you click the Sign In button, it takes you to a completely new page with only the login form on that page. Why did the designers ...
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Where to put a global “add item” button?

We're adding a global "Add new X" button to our application (it will show a CRUD form for an activity, the fundamental "thing" in our app). We want it to be clickable from anywhere in the application ...
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Is it ok to have the secondary navigation in the right-hand column?

I've noticed this on thefader.com. my concern is that this is a uncommon place for a subnav and will be mixed-in with ads. further, our site is pretty content-heavy. thoughts?
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How should I place 3 equally important CTA buttons?

This is an airport transfer quotation form I've created. The user will first select the pick up, destination and number of passengers. Then, they will retrieve the type of vehicle, price and ...
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Why do my / sent text messages appear on the right of the dialogue?

When I read another thread why text messages on the iphone aren't displayed at the full width the following question came to my mind: Why do my text messages appear on the right and not on the left ...
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Formatting a Login Screen

I am designing a login page for my school's network. I'd like to display the logo of our school next to the login form. I've created two prototypes: In the first design, the image+form is ...
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Long Form, What to Place First: Required or Optional Fields?

We have a very long form, 40 fields. Q1: Where we should place the required fields, at the top or at the bottom? Q2: Based on the first question, where we should place the submit button? Top, bottom ...
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Form design and placement of action buttons

This question involves a data entry form in a web application. The form will be used in a desktop environment only; there's no need to account for mobile. A single user of this web app could be ...
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Should the comments/discussion slide-in from the side?

I'm implementing something similar to source control (like GitHub for flow charts) where users will have a list of changes that can be submitted. On this review page they can click on a change to see ...
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How can I place contents on the body of this site layout without making it look like it's floating? [closed]

I am a programmer and I need a designer's expert advice regarding the website layout I am currently working on. Here is the layout to start with: Click image for full resolution I have a full ...
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What is a good arrangement for labels that may be read in any orientation?

(This question is, for the time being, theoretical.) After watching a beautiful video compiled from photographs taken from the International Space Station, I noticed the labels of the Soyuz vehicle ...
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Comment Box above or below ?

I am creating a commenting block on my website. I just want to know which is the better way to put the comment box above the list of comments or below it ? Show i place the Comments above or below ...
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How should I determine where to place an application version number?

I'm developing a desktop application that requires an application number to be viewable in some way for our users. I am trying to determine what would be a good place for it that is meaningful to ...
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Placement of Buy now/Download buttons

Hello respected UX community, I am working on a new website which will be used to sell a software application, but will also have a free limited version of it (not time limited, but feature limited). ...
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Where to place buttons on forms in a desktop application?

When you have a desktop application in which a user is editing records (and performing other operations on records), where is the ideal location to place the buttons for those operations? I have in ...
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Is it really a bad thing to place an ad TV in front of the stairs?

We have the following room arrangement with a plan on a 40 inch TV mounted on the wall. download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups In this place people usually walk ...
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Placement additional menu on video website; top, bottom or something else

A friend of mine is building a video website where you can watch user submitted videos. Those videos are of individuals speaking their dream in the camera. The focus is on letting people watch those ...
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Is an off-canvas slideout menu usable when placed on the bottom-right instead of the top-left?

As I'm going into CSS frameworks(Toast, Yaml ,Bootstrap, Foundation, etc) I've hooked into the usability of navigation menus when viewed in smaller screens, some frameworks convert it into a ...
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When appending items to a list, should the input fields be above or below the list?

We are building an application that allows a user to build a form. The user can enter the name of the label, pick the type of the input field and indicate whether or not it should be mandatory. The ...
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Display related images along with the main image

Let's say I've got one screen that has 10-20 images. Each of those will have up to 4 related images. I would need to display the related images along with the main image. Any suggestion on how to ...
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Place Ad after Title or Lead text?

I have a blog that focuses on list articles (10 Photos of Cats You Like) that are structured like this: > Title > Facebook Share > Lead Text > Image #1 > Image #2 > Image #3 > ...
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Filter wildget in a dashboard: where best placed?

I have one web page (single web-app) which shows a powerful dashboard. The design of the dashboard is nice and neat and it contains all of the information required by its functionality. To give you ...
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Need advice on a scroll situation where the clicked item is hard to place

I am developing a GUI where I have a list with products to the left. When a product is selected, an info box is shown to the right. My problem is that the scrollbar for the products is placed to the ...
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What is a clean, uncluttered way to have a “Main Menu” access button in a videogame?

I am trying to design a UI system for a computer game I am creating, but I don't know how to have the player access the main menu without clutter and unnecessary distraction. The ideas I have ...