when a user directly or indirectly stores data for future use by the user or application.

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Why don't we auto-save for users instead of having them save manually?

With the advent of Apple moving to auto-saving in its newest release Lion, should everyone start adopting the convention of auto-saving? At first it is definitely awkward and the user can feel like ...
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6answers
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Should I provide feedback from a save button?

I'm currently in the process of developing a Windows Application which produces Word Documents. In the program there is the ability to save your progress (different to the "Save as a Word Document" ...
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Save, Favorite or Star?

I'm working on a job app and I would like to offer our user the possibility to save a job and let them find it quickly later. First I thought using a star icon to let them "star" a job like starring ...
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Should a save button save information that is not on screen?

My app is used to edit email templates. As you probably know, emails can have a text AND html version. Below is the UI I came up with. My initial thought was 'only save what you can see', so when you ...
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Disabled submit button on form vs allow submit then show errors?

We have a few different forms as part of a web-based medical application. These forms have quite a few fields - 10-20 depending on the form. Each has at least 5 or so required fields. We currently ...
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Autosave UI pattern

I'm developing a web app that puts great focus on simplicity and "just-use" mentality. The basic idea is to write notes. When planning the concept, we where very positive towards the idea of ...
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Disable the save button until changes are made?

We have a list of complicated things, which the user can click on to get a new view in which they can edit all the details stored for that thing. The edit view already has a Cancel exit mechanism ...
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632 views

Save vs Save & Exit

We're desigining an application for creating personalized photo books through a Flash-based interface. When the application first opens, we display a dialog encouraging the user to give their project ...
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Saving & restoring undo stack — good or bad?

In a sovereign desktop app with multi-level undo/redo (ie Photoshop, Word, etc), would being able to save and restore the undo history of a file with the file itself be a good thing or a bad thing? My ...
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Is it wrong to make things too easy?

I am a developer working on my first UI. My application requires the user to log into multiple accounts (this is a trading application). The user needs to enter their username/password for each ...
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610 views

Should we re-think the use of the word “Save”

Inspired by discussions on using the floppy disk icon for save button, and how this might not be good enough nowdays since nobody uses floppy disks anymore, I started thinking of the word "save" ...
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Save/Cancel/Close button behavior question

The attached image shows a dialog with a save/cancel button bank and a "x" icon to close the dialog. The question I have is this. Should the cancel button even be on the modal if it does not ...
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Renaming a file you are currently working in, why is this still not done?

We've all experienced this: You open a new document inside an application such as Word, Excel, Textmate, or others. You work on it for a while and save it. Then you wish you could rename it. What ...
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When to save data?

When should I save data in an business application? We have a lot of applications and currently they have not all the same behavior. I am not very experienced with UX and would like to know when I ...
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Floppy disk icon for “Save” [closed]

It's funny that we still use floppy disks icon for save operation association while floppies have long been outdated, unused and many computer users nowadays don't even know how floppy disks actually ...
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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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Guidelines for when to auto-save settings vs “save” button

In our web application we have a number of pages to do with user settings, in different categories. For most of them we have a display page with an edit button/link, which takes them to a form which ...
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Best solution to inform and enable users to save changes on a page

I'm working on a micro site which includes a profile section wit diverse pages. The pages allow the user to change their profile settings - e.g. update or complete personal details they provided ...
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1answer
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Saving: Global save vs Sectional save vs Item save vs Instant save

I have been modifying my Facebook and Gmail account settings when I come across several types of saving strategies. Take for example, at the time of this writing, Facebook: Instant save - saves upon ...
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Denoting a tab as being “unsaved” in a web application

I have a web application where one of it's pages uses tabs to break down the page into "bite-size" chunks. The contents in each tab has no relation to any content in any other tab and can be ...
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Best Practices: Save and Exit in Software UI

This has been discussed a few times on here for web implementations but never for a desktop application. Being we have a title bar/file menu/toolbar etc. what is the best practice for closing a window ...
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What is the most familiar wording of linking to a PDF file?

For certain industries and user-bases, it can make sense to include a link to a PDF version of a HTML web page — so that visitors can either view or download it. From a recognizability and ...
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Inline editing vs Edit view

I've seen this question asked a few times, but none that relate to my particular scenario. I'm working on a large, complex UI that involves many user types. For this screen, there are 4 types of ...
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Are Save buttons still necessary in web applications?

There seems to be a growing trend with online applications to save data/progress automatically. In many cases where an interruption to the connection or service is quite likely, it is definitely a ...
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Autosave settings

We are developing an web app. Users can log-in and change their settings. We are in process of making settings page and we are wondering if Autosave option is good idea. For example: User edits his ...
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1answer
663 views

When is an auto-saving form appropriate?

A trend Google has been pioneering in many Cloud applications is a sort of "autosave everywhere," especially noticable in Google documents's immediate save feature. I personally greatly prefer this ...
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Is autosave appropriate for password fields?

I'm developing an application that has user based access. Each user can change some settings for their profile (localization, timezone, the password, etc). I've chosen to perform autosave (a la ...
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Saving multiple files on program close

I have a Windows desktop application that can handle multiple files open on one canvas (in one instance of the program). You can modify and save each file individually, or all in one go. If a user ...
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if a screen has unsaved changes - if the user switched to a different view, should he be prompted to save (otherwise changes will be lost)?

I'm working on a screen where the user can see the same information in 2 modes: graphic mode, and table mode (there's a toggle to switch between them). In the graphic mode, there's a graph and a ...
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How can I indicate that a required field is only required for final Submission, but not for just being able to Save the form?

I have a form where there are several fields; some are required and some not. This form can be saved at any time so the user can come back to it later to complete it, but they won't be able to ...
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1answer
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Predecessor having a bad influence on file saving method

There is a program which downloads a bunch of data, generates something like a report/save file from this data, and saves it to disk. I guess the best user experience with saving the data will be the ...
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Should a popup close automatically after a user selects an option from a tree menu?

For a popup window that requires the user to select one option only from a tree menu, should the selection of this option automatically close the popup? I think this would break the fundamental rule ...
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Include option to favor a returned result?

Is it good UX to provide a favorite button/icon to save a returned result? Let's say I'm searching for a home. I get a bunch of results, some of which I'm highly interested in. I don't see myself ...
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Large Screen - save button position - multiple forms

I have an application built for 1920 width screen. Stacked side by side there are forms that can be edited independently of editing the others, or user can edit all of them at once. Should I have ...
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1answer
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How much should I automatically sanitize filenames for compatibility?

I'm writing a program for Mac OS X that allows the user to drag a row from a list in the application to Finder, where it automatically exports the data represented by the row to a file named after the ...
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4answers
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Segmented/Split “Save | As” Button?

Background: I have an application that has several "Save As" options in addition to "Save". This is a web application without a menu bar (just a button area at the top of the interface). The ask: ...
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What should I do about my save button inconsistency across tabs?

The user profile in the app I'm building is across a few tabs, however, I've had a situation where I feel the expected save functionality will be inconsistent across tabs. Most of my tabs look ...
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Should system prompt user to save though no changes were made

Recently i opened a microsoft excel file by accident and tried closing it immediately but this pop up box appeared I was asked if i wanted to save the changes although i made no changes , this ...
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Save settings changes to configuration file optionally

What is the common practice to save settings in Windows Desktop applications with config file? Is it acceptable to change settings only in run-time, but in file optionally? If Yes, how to provide ...
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Android Explicit Save or Background Save?

My application has a interests page where the user can select which interests they wanted selected. It looks like an expandable listview with checkboxes. When the user first enters the page, the ...
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Behaviour of save function on modal window

I have a modal window in which are three tabbed forms: [caveat This began life as a sliding div a la twitter, but for whatever reason I have been asked to consider a modal window] The user uses ...
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3answers
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Is there a need for save/cancel buttons in iOS app?

I am developing an investment property evaluator app that allows the user to record information about a potential investment property and evaluates the property based on certain metrics. It uses drill ...
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Optional Comments on Saving

Maybe I'm crazy, but every UI mockup I seem to get passed to me, I end up ripping apart. And in the end, my suggestions are often shot down. We end up creating UI's with what I consider to be a ...
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2answers
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Save & Add New, Save & Close, Save, Done, Cancel

This is something I've been struggling with, because there seems to be a lack of standard for it (as far as I can tell). There are two scenarios. Save & Close and Save & Add New We are ...
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How and when to gently prompt user to save between pages

I am working on a complete rewrite of a complex, multi-step and enterprise-/internal-facing web application. The existing application's UI was literally based upon Excel spreadsheets that had been ...
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2answers
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Remember Me in an enterprise application: What to remember?

I've just finished a well-thought login validation mechanism and have asked myself the following question several times: What does the user expect when he checks the Remember me checkbox in an ...
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1answer
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“Save as” title for selecting location

i have an UI Element : download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups I cant figure out the title/label I need to give this UI element. The element is used for choosing ...
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2answers
567 views

Default choice for a “leave without saving changes”-dialog

I have an existing design (web application) where users can edit small parts in a webpage. A small editor will open up with the editable fields and three buttons: [Cancel & Close] [Clear] and ...
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save wording, save as? save new?

We have a situation where a user would be working on a shared document. If they edit that document they may want to save it in a shared state, or fork the document. The question is how to word it. ...
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Tabbed “wizard”: next vs save?

I'm currently working on designing a setup flow where the user will create a study in 6 steps. I've decided to split the different steps into tabs based on what the user will have to do in them, i.e : ...