a tab widget presents one out of a number of same sized panels to interact with. Which panel is presented is chosen from a list along one edge.

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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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Guidelines for ordering of tabs?

I am wondering if there are some guidelines for ordering of tabs. Typically we see General tab as the first which makes sense. What if there is no general tab? How to decide which ones should follow ...
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Best Way to Handle on Unknown Number of Tabs

I'm currently on a project where a user can add "tabs" to their page. Something like: Home | About | Blog | Cats | Music I Like They are allowed to enter as many tabs as they want (well, in theory. ...
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Why does Firefox remove the “close tab button” when you have more than n tabs open unless you focus on the tab?

The origin of this question is that I've tried to find a way to override the behaviour of Firefox which removes the close tab button of unfocused tabs as the number of tabs rises, with no luck. My ...
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Dashboard vs tabs on mobile UIs

Are there any particular guidelines about when to use tabs on a mobile interface as against yelp style category buttons(Dashboard) on the landing screen? Yelp style category buttons(Dashboard): ...
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Can you see a good reason to remove the plus sign in Google Chrome's create tab button?

I am talking about this button: The plus sign that used to be on that button has been removed in recent versions. I am very intrigued as to why they might have found it convenient. I'm a ...
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how to make compact UI for lists

I'm making an app with 2 lists in the main screen, and the space allocated for the 2 lists are equal. So there will be only 5 items visible for each list. I'm thinking of an improvement on making ...
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When closing a tab, which tab makes the most sense to focus on?

I work on a web application that allows users to create tabs and fill them with modules that display analytic data. So one tab may have a series of bar graphs, and another may have a group of tables. ...
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Elegant, simple and obvious sub-tabs?

I have a simple navigation setup that requires tabs and sub-tabs. I have the main tabs ready: But I don't know how to make the sub-tabs fit in and still be user-friendly. What's a good way to ...
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Best way to display large amounts of user data on a single page?

I've been searching around for some related posts, but I haven't really found anything that has been a lot of help. I've found a few posts that might help generate some ideas. Here is what I'm ...
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What is the term for the contents of a tab?

In a tabbed interface, each tab has... "content" associated with it. Each tab has distinct "content"; e.g. in a web browser, it would be a web page. And each tab's "content" gets stuffed into a single ...
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Is it ever okay to have multiple rows of tabs?

We're working on a UI at work and people want to have the number of tabs in a certain area be flexible width so that in certain situations depending on the title length and the number of tabs, the tab ...
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Main Tabs & Sub tabs colour codes, best practice?

We are developing a webapplication and some of us has gotten into a small argument of how the main tabs and their corresponding sub tabs should be displayed. It's mainly a question of weather the ...
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Best practices for Tabs

What are the maximum levels of tabs we can have in a web application..? I am working on financial application where i have display project information which will need atleast 3-5 levels of tabs to ...
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What research, patterns or techniques will help me choose the correct colors (or saturations) to the various UI elements of a page?

I am building a tool that will be used by call center agents. It is to help them support products on behalf of the customers who call up. It acts as a portal to many different types of product ...
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Is there evidence or rule in UX against showing tabs within wizard steps for forms?

Is there evidence or rule in UX against showing tabs within wizard steps for forms? For e.g If there is a 4 step process and it needs to be brought down to 3 steps, we are thinking of combining 2 ...
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Tab controlled website

Has anyone designed a website where they have used the tab key on the keyboard as a primary method to navigate within the navigation of the website? I am doing a website where the client wants to rely ...
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Is a popover that opens from a tab bar good practice in an iOS app?

I have an iPad tab bar app and I want a popover to open when tapping one of the tabs. Is this good practice or should I avoid it? For example, the bottom tab bar displays the following items: my ...
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Multi-pane layout tabs confusion?

I'm curious what people think about android < 3.0 tabs in the action bar, specifically for tablets. In the picture I uploaded, the tabs are on the left side, but I want them to be associated with ...
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Should tabs changes in a web app be part of the browser history?

I've implemented a JavaScript plugin that tracks tab changes in through the browser history. Here's a brief overview of how it works: Once tab is clicked, the URL hashtag (the part that looks like ...
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Too many navigation levels?

Do you thing the user workflow is too "busy" on the screenshot below? The idea is to bring a user through all the the tabs. The workflow would be: Use the main tabs (vertical or horizontal..not ...
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Breadcrumb or tabbed form or best of both?

We have a web application that allows users to query a database. The results are returned in a breadcrumb style interface. We brought this change in at a new version, and our users have been ...
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What is the best way to display per-tab commands or actions?

I am working on a multiple document interface Windows application. We're using tabs to represent open documents for editing. I have three levels of possible commands: Global Per-tab Per-sub-tab ...
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Best place for “save” button

I have a tab based interface, each tab has a form with fields, the user is supposed to make changes on each of the fields in the tabs and then click on a "save all" button to save all changes, I have ...
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Do 'page corners' work as an alternative to a 2 page tab-control

I need to hint to the user of a second 'page' for a control on an XML Editor. The conventional way to do this with a tabbed page. There are 3 problems with this: My graphics skills aren't up to ...
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The use of tabs

I am working on redoing a clients application, which needs to be done for other reason, but one of the changes is to remove tabs. The application is, in essence, fronting data records, very basic. ...
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Tabbed browsing. Why close the application on closing the last tab?

This happens in IE, Chrome and Firefox. When you close the last 'tab' when you're navigating, the application closes. I'm aware that Chrome (at least) has a really fast restart after that, but still, ...
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Alternate to nested tab controls for a windows desktop application

I develop a complex LOB windows desktop application. Right now it has only one feature say A. All menu and toolbar is for A. You can open multiple document related to feature A, each within a Tab ...
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Too many tabs - use buttons instead?

We have an admin page in our application that has toomanytab-itus (see the second set of tabs are stacking): I've been tasked with solving this issue. Reorganising/grouping the content to reduce ...
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Plus icon for new tab not working in user testing. Anomaly or actually confusing for users…

For Context: So I am performing some user testing, and the interface is changing how tabs work with in the system. Currently tabs indicate the top level of different customer define hierarchies. The ...
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Senior Usability and Navigation

Does anyone have any current resources for senior usability? I'm specifically researching navigation: tabs and accordions. The Jacob Nielsen site has a report that's over a decade old. I'm looking for ...
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Active tab state

I found myself confused today using the Adobe Reader Android application when navigating it's tab interface. I wasn't sure which tab was active becuase the active tab state was recessed and dimmed, ...
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Tabs in textboxes

I'm building a website where my users will have to enter their code quite often. Along with other data (title, tags) the user will enter anywhere from one line of code to an entire block of up to 100 ...
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horizontal vs vertical tabs

I was wondering, in which case are horizontal tabs better, and in which case are vertical tabs better? There is one answer I can already give, but I'd like to see if there are more. Because you ...
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Multiple lists on one screen — best approach?

Let's say I have a profile screen with two lists: one for Friends and another for Hobbies. This is just an example. It could as well be a Customer screen with Suppliers and Orders. I'm looking to ...
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accordions vs tabs

What is difference between accordions and tabs from the UX point of view? This is repost from this thread on SO: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/5690589/difference-between-accordion-and-tabs (I ...
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Master-detail and tabs

I have a master-detail view. Which is the best practice to add new items to the list? Now I think when user clicks the new button a new tab item can appear with close button, so the user can navigate ...
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What do you think of double tab navigation? Could you provide a better solution in this case?

We are currently thinking of a redesign of our corporate site: http://www.active.hu/en/introduction I would like to replace the double tab navigation in the top, because it takes a huge amount of ...
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Revealing functionality (tabs) as the user enters more data

Assume that we have an application where the user can add his/her events. The application has 4 main functions (represented as horizontal tabs when the user logs in): calendar view list view graph ...
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Scrollable tabs

To use or not to use horizontally scrollable tabs? You can see them in iTunes store or see this demo: http://flowplayer.org/tools/scrollable/index.html#demos Sometimes I am little bit surprised while ...
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Innovative alternatives to the classic “tabbed” window

Has anyone come across any online content that jumps outside the box and re-thinks how we can organize multi-windowed content more effectively than using the classic tab bar along the top of the ...
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Tabs - activate on hover or on click? both! [closed]

Do you like the tabs used in http://www.msn.com ? They can be activated by both hovering or clicking. There is a short delay on hover to prevent accidental activations, while clicking works ...
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Need UI replacement for Tab control

My client is not fond of the tab metaphor, so I need to come up with something else. Does anyone have any ideas on what I could use to replaced a tab control (containing 3-4 tabs) with something ...
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Tab Overflow: What to do when I run out of space for yearly tabs?

I have page that lists previous recipients of an award, with tabs separating each year's winners. Every year there are forty recipients. The recipient's name is listed, along with his or her job ...
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Where should the second most important tab go?

Is this picture true or false? My assertion is that it is true, but I would like your collective second opinion. Do you know of some research online on the subject? My explanation is that users ...
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Is there evidence to suggest that designing tabs within tabs creates a bad user experience?

I'm designing a complex web application and my colleague believes that using a tab panel is a bad idea. I'm more ambivalent. Can anyone point to evidence (anecdotal or research-based) that could help ...