An interface element that indicates the progress of process by filling a percentage of a shape (usually a rectangle or a bar) with a color. The percent of the bar that is filled reflects the progress (If the action is 25% complete, the progress bar will be 25% full).

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Any good examples of how to show an overview of the status of multiple items moving through a process?

I'm working with a client on the design of a tool runs an analysis on school data and presents the user with reports that help them support their schools This is the process a user goes through: A ...
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What's the best button progressbar?

I've made a sketch of different button progressbars, but I need to know which is the best one and why based on a few key factors: Perceived speed (fastest). Noise/Distraction level (least ...
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How should we handle UI when app performs network call and waits for a response?

This is a question related to mobile apps UX, and particularly to iOS apps. So, the question is if the screen contains user input fields and does a call over the network when user clicks send button ...
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Show progress as percentage or as absolute numbers?

I'm making a simple progress bar based on the amount of minutes a user has spent, and the amount of minutes she's required to spend on a certain task. See below for an example. I'm considering 3 ...
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Fill the whole progress bar

Should we always show to the user that the progress bar reach the 100%? Should we always fill the whole bar? Or just jump to the end message, and say something like 'finished'. I'm asking this ...
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Should a progress bar reflect the current step if a user goes back to edit a step?

I have a simple 4 step process where a user goes into each step, chooses items and checks out at the last step. A fixed overview sits to the left of the page and tells users what their choices have ...
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Should a usage graph grow or shrink available data

I have been having arguments at work which divided the team on whether or not a data usage graph should start at 100% and decline to 0% showing whats available (option A). Or conversely, start at 0% ...
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Does user care about the details while loading?

I need to load some information on Android devices and showing a progress bar immediately came to my mind. Now here's the problem: The time it takes to get the content ready(download/decode/buffer) ...
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Showing progress towards a two-step goal

I have a lightly interesting problem in that I need a system for awarding a t-shirt after two actions are taken. The two actions can happen anywhere within a 12 month span. It feels like overkill to ...
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Should a progress bar go backwards when reverting changes

Related to Should a progressbar go both ways? Assume a file copy dialog box with an option to stop and revert the current operation. If the user chooses to revert, would it be better to roll the ...
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Should a progressbar go both ways?

I'm developing a long-running algorithm and want to give my users an idea of what is the current state of the calculation. I thought of adding a progress bar indicating the percentage of all the ...
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Nonlinear Wizard Progress Tracking

I am designing the User Registration Wizard for a web application. Users register as part of a company, and sometimes that company is part of a larger network/group of companies. So there are various ...
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Which UI design pattern is this? (progress bar at the top of an article)

On this page there is a progress bar at the top which progresses as you scroll down. I’m really intrigued by this UI pattern. Does anyone know its name or its origin?
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“Useful” progress bar for heuristic algorithms (i.e. whose running times can't be predicted)?

Let's say I have an algorithm whose running time is exponential in the worst case, but I'm using a very efficient heuristic for it that in practice seems to make it work in linear time. Basically, ...
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Progress bars over 100%

Does anyone have any advice or examples of what to do with a progress bar that exceeds 100%. I am working on a progress bar to indicate the status of an item. At 100% a deficiency is created for ...
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Dynamic Progress Indicator

I am currently working on a responsive web app and am having some issues designing a progress indicator that I am happy with. The app is a workflow based tool which works by displaying cards ...
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How to design a progress tracker for a mobile environment?

I currently have a web form that is designed for full screen desktop/laptop/tablet displays. As it is a multi-step form, there is a progress progress tracker at the top of the page, highly designed ...
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How to present overdue items in a progress tracker

I'm working on a mobile app that helps users track the tasks they have planned for each project. The states (status) of the tasks are: Not Started, In Progress, Completed, and Overdue. I thought I ...
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How to represent, in a dot-progress-bar “Finished, Next, Future” items [duplicate]

I'm working on some educational software (for adults). Part of a lesson involves moving from one step to the next. So we have a next step button. I want to show the user: How many steps there are ...
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Animated striped progress bar?

Having animated stripes on a progress bar might be useful to indicate that the system is still running and the computer did not hang up. Should the stripes be on the entire progress bar (with ...
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Wait cursor and progress showing time for long running tasks

I have a long running tasks in my desktop application. Sometimes tasks complete in 1-2-3 seconds and it does not sense to display big progress bar to an user because of the showing progress panel time ...
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Indicating current step in progress bars

We're planning on integrating some kind of progress bar in a multi-step process. Our developers figured it would make sense that on step 4 of 9, 3/9ths of the bar would be filled in to show how ...
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Progress of incoming bus

I am trying to design an app that shows the amount of time until buses arrive at a given stop. Originally I had something like this in mind: But I was wondering if something more graphical would ...
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Is there any public research on effectiveness of activity indicators, progress bars, and progressive loading?

Activity indicators (spinning wheel) and progress bars are very common across many applications. A new approach I have noticed is when an application shows the containers of the page or content ...
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Speed of loading panel

So, I've been wondering what would be the best technique when users are facing a loading panel. When we're not sure how long an action would take, it's common practice to use marquee progress bars or ...
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Notifications - static, dynamic and interactive in a single place?

I am developing a web application that, in a nutshell, does the following: it takes something from A, does an operation with it and place the output in B, just like a converter. This process can be ...
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Showing excess usage in a progress bar

I am working on a web app and would like to display the amount of transfer (bandwidth) that the user has used for that billing period. They are given a certain amount of bandwidth per billing period. ...
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Should I fill empty space in bars?

It's about bar-charts in a table. Every row has a bar, which visualises a value of the row. The biggest value of the whole table is the maximum of the bars and not necessarily on the same ...
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Long loading bar vs. short loading bar?

When I have thought of this, I would think a longer loading bar is more enjoyable to the user, because even though whatever the are downloading/loading isn't happening faster, it seems to be happening ...
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What is an effective way to present System Update Progress to a user that also lowers frustration?

I am working on an app that starts installing any pending updates when a user logs off the (Windows) workstation. The finished app will look like this (minus 'button1'): Our branding is in the ...
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Is it a bad idea to have two progress bars in one dialog?

Discussing with my team-mates this morning but we're not sure which one is the best way. Scenario: When users select a single document to process, they will see a progress bar and text displaying its ...
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Can a visual progress bar be used as a navigational element?

We're having a bit of a debate here among teammates as to what would be a better UX solution, so I was hoping you guys could help me settle this. We have a linear flow through a data-collection ...
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Battery - what percentage range to use for each color?

I need to display battery with 3 colors: green, orange (or yellow?) and red. This device's battery (like iPad, iPhone etc..) with a battery life of up to two days. What percentage range to use for ...
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Progress bar that allows to understand both current and maximum values

I need to design a health bar for a game, so that the player could guess at a glance not only its relative value (i.e. amount of remaining health compared to its maximum), but also to understand how ...
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How to show progress towards goal?

On our intranet we display some numbers for our employees so they can keep track of their performance goals. Currently it's just a table. We'd like something more visual, and this was the first ...
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How should I alter my programs progress bar?

An application I have just been asked 'to take care of' has some interesting code features. One is that when it is loading up the login screen, it displays a 'splash' with a progress bar. This splash ...
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Should progress bars show percentage

In the application I am designing we are currently just displaying a circle that rotates clockwise from gray to green. Inside the circle is a number indicating where in the process it is (20, 50, 90). ...
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Is it bad UX to omit a progress indicator?

Background: Stack Exchange now lets you paste images from the clipboard into the image upload dialog. Unfortunately, there is no indication that an upload is going on. I am wondering if this is ...
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How to make a progress-speed bar more understandable?

I've just installed Windows 8 and noticed the brand new File copying dialog. When expanded, it shows the progress and the current transfer speed in one graph. However, the graph confuses me greatly. ...
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Signing up for a site. Finishing progress after step 1 of 4. What/How to indicate?

EDIT: Screenshots will be added soon to better explain the problem I got a four step progress on a website signup page and have a 4 stepped progress bar to indicate where the user is currently at: ...
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Showing progress for a long many-step process with a discrete progress bar?

I've got a desktop-focused web application where the user is going to be initiating tasks that take a long time. Sometimes, these tasks will take hours to complete (users don't have to do anything ...
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Alternatives to the progress bar

I'm designing a website which elements that have a "progress" property, a bit like change.org or KickStarter. Both of these websites use the classic progress bar. We would like to innovate. What are ...
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What's the cleanest option for a loading indicator in a login dialog?

I have a login dialog for a desktop application, something like this: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups When the user clicks on Login, the color of the ...
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How should I display a “please wait” animation?

I have to create a "please wait" page on our website. I would think you usually put the words "please wait" with some kind of spinning animation, but do I really need text? Doesn't an hourglass or ...
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How to handle long processing task in UI?

We have a Desktop based WinForms application. Application performs some very complex logic in database and is bound to take long time. By long time i mean it will take anything from 1 min to 20 min ...
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Multipart progress / status bar colours

I am working on an application that needs to show users their currents status / progress in performing a task on a number of items. There are three states that each item can have: New (blue) - ...
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Conveying progress for a set of items each with 2 stages

I think I have an issue with the hierarchy of information in trying to convey progress to a user. On the dashboard of a non-profit dashboard I have the following option: The organisation deal with ...
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A single, long load - or multiple short loads, which would provide a better experience?

I have a very large, modular web application. When it starts I can do things one of three ways: A moderately long load time (about 60 seconds) to fetch all of the modules from the server (presented ...
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Why are progress bars horizontal?

Question sparked by this discussion. Why are progress bars almost always presented as horizontal lines that increase from left to right? Is this the best method of indicating progress (and why)? And ...
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How to deal with variable number of steps in discrete progress bar?

We have an application that various other departments will use to create questionnaires. These questionnaires can hide or show extra questions based on responses to previous questions. When creating ...