element that displays various forms of information to the side of an application or desktop user interface

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Best approach to designing a long multi-level side menu

I'm currently facing a problem with designing an effective and user-friendly multi-level side menu for a client's ancient website developed in year 2000. This side menu is referred as a table of ...
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Is swapping out the entire Left-Local-Side-Nav a bad idea?

We have a large Website with hundreds of pages. We have a horizontal global navigation, and a left-local-side Nav to navigate through a group of related pages. As I was browsing clicking down from ...
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Why use or not use sidebar inside the content area?

Are there any studies of users response to having a sidebar integrated to the main content area (such as facebook) and sidebar outside the content area (such as Google)? & . The sidebar ...
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Is a website sidebar a user blind spot?

I've seen studies about how ad blindness can prevent users from even noticing ads exist on a website, but are there any studies that perform the same research for the entire sidebar? On some sites, ...
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Animation with a vertical Toolbar?

We have a web mapping application (Flex), that our clients can use from anywhere between 10min to 5hrs a day. It is simulating a desktop application (think similar to Photoshop) and users select from ...
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Is having a side nav and a top nav a bad idea? Why?

This is what I mean: The idea is that one navigation is the main one and the other one a second level. Is it a bad idea? If so, why? Also, which navigation should be the main one? I'm inclined to ...
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Ways to collapse sidebar as much as possible

OK, so here are two screenshots of classic collapsible sidebar: As we can see, when collapsed, sidebar still holds some space. The question is - what design patterns can be used to overcome this ...
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When is a right-handed navigation sidebar appropriate?

When is a right-handed sidebar for navigation a good choice? If possible, I would like some examples where it has been used, such as this sidebar from Google's official blog.
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Menu in right sidebar vs left sidebar

What do you think, is it better for handheld device users to use site menu when its in right sidebar (can click it with thumb/right hand doesnt block view when user click on menu item)? The reason i ...
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One scrollbar or two for content + sidebar?

I'm working on a website design and trying to decide whether to have the sidebar scroll independently of the page content, or have just one scrollbar control both divs. What principle should I use to ...
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Best practices for a sidebar on a blog

I see a lot of blogs that seem to have really cluttered sidebars, with a ton of additional widgets, navigation, etc, that I never find myself using. What are some tips for things that make good ...
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Which side of a web page should a side menu go on?

Many websites have side menus and I seem some have the side menu on the right and some on the left. Which side is better?