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Who needs an external on/off Wi-Fi button?

It puzzles me that there are Laptops which are shipped with external physical Wi-Fi buttons. I see no real use of it, but it might have a historical explanation?! The only time one notice the external ...
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How do you show a locked slider?

I have an application with a slider, but I need to be able to lock the slider, and have it clear to the user that it is locked - simply disabling it is not an option. By locked I mean that you are ...
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Email confirmation on password reset?

I am building a prototype to a system that has a user account system in place. Of course with any account system, the user should be able to reset their password should the need arise (e.g., ...
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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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How do I explain that some settings save automatically, while others need to be manually saved?

I have an interface that looks like this: The top three fields (Friendly name, Unique TrackerID and URL Endpoint) all need to be saved for the changes to apply and can be discarded by clicking "Go ...
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What to do when your application has an “unmanageable” number of settings?

I like how Google's Material Design approaches patterns for application settings: Settings should be well-organized, predictable, and contain a manageable number of options (emphasis added). The ...
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Why is the settings icon either associated with gears or a wrench + screwdriver

I was wondering what the association between gears and settings is because the symbolism/iconography is not clear to me. I can see that in the old days people might have used the wrench or screwdriver ...
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Is it normal for users to ask for more detail than should really be implemented?

I just released my first ever application into the world and asked for feedback. I was surprised by the feedback, because the users are asking for a lot of detail. They seem to want a user interface ...
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When is the appropriate time to use the “i” icon in an app?

I am currently debating if: The "i" icon should only be used when the target page\view only displays additional information. (help text, credits, about, terms & conditions, etc.) The "i" icon ...
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How to handle settings which can be both set mechanically and via a computer?

I develop a device, which can be configured via a handful of binary settings. These can be set with mechanical switches (of course, internally they are evaluated electronically) However, optionally, ...
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How to inform user that settings are in localstorage, and apply to this browser only?

I have a settings page in this web app where a user can configure the categories of notifications that they want to show or hide. How can I inform the user that these settings are not global (i.e. ...
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Internal or external settings window?

I'm designing the settings/preferences area on a hobby project in java. What is the best way to allow users to edit settings and why? My main considerations are: New window with it's own symbol on ...
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Setting vs Settings? Which one makes more sense in a dropdown button

This button should do what it looks like it should do. It opens a drop down of actions that a user can perform on their user account. Should I go with "Setting" or "Settings"?
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How to visually indicate a change in setting

Suppose I have a settings screen where I have a table with a bunch of rows with checkboxes. For example the default settings are: | Name | Setting | | A | on | | B | off | Then the ...
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Should expandable options lengthen the page or should space be left for them?

I'm working on a settings type page in a web portal. Most of the options are pretty simple, so the sections are pretty small (I'd post a pic if I had the reputation required), but I have advanced ...
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Having settings in edit mode across multiple tabs - confusing?

I'm trying to make an area where users view/edit the info for their customers less confusing. The current arrangement (which I've inherited) is below. The user clicks an "edit" button and the fields ...
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Grouping unrelated settings

I'm setting up some options/settings pages for a wordpress theme. There are a lot of options and I think splitting them up will help navigating the different controls. I'm thinking of splitting the ...
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Which is the more common term used: Preferences or Settings?

Given that preferences and settings are roughly equatable to users of websites, it seems the more commonly used term would be preferable for the sake of being more readily understood. I haven't been ...
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Is it better to remove a user's preferences after they log out?

We have some preferences for our mobile application that a user can change (such as choosing between miles and kilometers for distance information). We plan to store these preferences as unique to a ...
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Connecting to WLAN (WiFi) without screen

We were discussing hardware engineering and creating a device which relies on a WiFi connection but does not feature a screen. The challenge is to allow a user to set up a device which does not have ...
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If a user does not want my application to use his title, should I give him a checkbox for this setting?

I am creating a software which will be used by scientists. There are two places where names will be used: first, in personal greetings ("You are logged in as Rosalind Frnklin"), and second, in ...
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Settings dialog with multiple tabs: same options on two different tabs?

I am designing a settings dialog with multiple tabs for our desktop application. There is a particular (small) group of options that is applicable to two separate tabs in the settings dialog. I ...
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What is the accepted best practice for asking for permission to send a user email?

When a user is setting up their profile in my web app, I want them to act on 2 different email settings: 1) Permission to email when another user interacts with them (for example, sends them a ...
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Usability - Testing Windows applications under different settings

I'm testing a Windows application for usability. While I thought the application looked pretty usable at first, I tried the application using the "Large text" setting in Windows 7 and realised that ...
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Should 'site default' be an option in a select list?

An example: a user can choose the number of items per page when pagination is used. The choices could be predefined or free to choose. Should I provide an option like 'site default (10)', noting that ...
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How to display multiple options for settings page using icons?

Question For a mobile app, how should we display multiple options (say, 20 options are available) in a settings page using icons? Example: Fig.1: All Options in One Screen Activity. All ...
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Most intuitive settings icon [closed]

I'm designing a user interface for a WPF app. I was wondering which icon is the most intuitive to represent a Settings section. In my experience a single/multiple cog wheels seems to be the most ...
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What is the best practice for a web app with “Change language” on front and back

We have a webapp with a front/presentation/landing page. On this page it is possible to change language and, for already registered users, to login to the secure area. Now we have a "Change language" ...
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Should I hide settings behind a settings menu or allow the user to edit inline?

Currently I have a page with settings inline with the information the user is looking for: However, it makes the rows cluttered: I was thinking about moving them all out to a separate settings ...
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User access level grid - idea for gui

In my software application, multiple users can be created and every user belongs to a single Department. Users can add tasks to other departments. For example, the accounting department can add a new ...
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Three-dimensional matrix of tristate selections

I am building a configuration UI for a client's desktop application. This could be called metaconfiguration, i.e. it allows the client to determine which options are actually available in the eventual ...
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Where should the subtitle setting be in video games?

I was recently playing Dead Space 3 and was trying to turn on the subtitles. I found them to be in the Audio sub-menu. In other games, it can be in the Game or Video sub-menus. As subtitles are ...
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Group settings depending on state

I'm working on a settings screen for a web application which consists of a list of features that can be either enabled or disabled. To be able to easily distinguish features that have been enabled ...
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Should the “Send anonymous usage statistics” checkbox be enabled by default?

If you have a "Send anonymous usage statistics" checkbox in your application, should it be enabled by default or not? If you have it enabled by default, you will probably get more statistics, but some ...
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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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Do users need 3 ways to change sound volume on their computer?

Virtually every video/audio software has volume controls. Why is software control needed if there exist two other controls: operating system and hardware volume controls? Is it better to remove ...
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Do smartphone users understand the term 'Push Notifications'?

We're including opt-in (on/off) for push notifications in an app, and I've heard feedback from project managers that some of the language might be too technical for the average shopper, like 'Push ...
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How to handle language preference

I have a website where I authorize user to change the language of the website thanks to a drop-down list that he can find in the top right on every page. By default, the language is set accordingly ...
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Why do desktop applications place settings in one dialog?

It's easier understand why web sites are doing it, but i'm not sure why desktops place settings in one dialog when, for example, multiple windows can be opened. I once wrote an application with a ...
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Should the user be given an option to turn off confirmations?

Should users be given an option to turn off the confirmations across the whole website? An example could be to add a checkbox under user settings that turns the confirmations on and off for actions ...
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iPhone app: fl oz and ml depending on region

I am making caffeine tracking app. Measuring unit is very important for my app. At first I decided to make it as powerful as possible, so on very top of the screen I put control for switching between ...
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Mobile: Suggested Dual-Action for settings

We currently have the problem of having a 'setting' needing to perform 3 different actions. See below: The circled setting needs to perform these 3 actions. (A)The user needs to quickly toggle the ...
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Control that changes state automatically and needs to be a part of a form. Any ideas?

I need an example of a control that changes its state automatically once a condition has been satisfied. I need to use such a control to allow admins to set a flag at the user level that would ask ...
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Omnibar to subscribe & unsubscribe

I have a ux layout on paper which utilizes a single type-ahead search bar for executing the contextually similar tasks of subscribing to a magazine and unsubscribing from it. Is this something that ...
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Best Way to Switch Between Basic and Advanced App Settings

In my iOS app, I intend to have two types of settings - Basic and Advanced. The Basic settings essentially summarize the more granular 10-11 advanced settings into 3-4 different themes, so most users ...
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Displaying custom vs default settings

In many interfaces, there is a set of default settings and then a need for the user to be able to override those with custom settings. Do you have any examples of how to handle this well in an ...
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Changing password in user settings. Best method

I'm trying to think of the 'best' way for a user to change its password along with its user settings(Like name, e-mail etc.) I've got a form like this: Name: [text input] E-mailaddress: [text input] ...
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User settings pages: is it better to ask the user to Connect to external networks (eg. Twitter) or simply provide dumb fields?

We're finally building user profiles on our site (gelaskins.com) and we'd like to allow our users/artists to publicly display their external networks like Twitter & Instagram. Is it considered bad ...
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Selecting item with additional settings from list

This is for a web interface. I have a list where users can select items that displays data onto a page. Some items are already preconfigured so that when you select them, no additional settings are ...
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How could I best organize email preferences for several “groups”

In my web app users can join many different groups (think facebook groups). Users need to be able to set email preferences for every group individually. I'd like to set up a single page for this ...