A switch decision between two or more options where only one can be selected.

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Which option is better for changing mode? two-part toggle switch or one button that changes state on press?

Which option is better for a tool that can edit a website visually? A two-part toggle switch. A button that changes the state (and the label on the button changes when the mode changes so that the ...
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Why does the Caps Lock not toggle upper and lower case for selected text?

In most word processors, you can easily toggle many text styles. For example: Ctrl + B - Will bold or un-bold selected text. Ctrl + U - Will italicize or un-italicize selected text. Ctrl + I - Will ...
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Checkbox vs toggle

There's a constant debate on checkbox vs toggle. Personally, as an iPhone and Mac owner, I'm still very confused every time when I see the toggle. I often ask ask myself, "The 'on' is on the left, ...
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State indication for multiple multi-state toggles

For a list of entities, I am able to change between three differen states, A, B and C. I am currently displaying a combobox to change the state. That way, the element does also double as the state ...
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How to handle searching by multiple US states and radius with one input?

The application that I am designing has a pretty intense searching capability and one of the biggest search criteria is origin and destination. With the company being centered around shipping it is ...
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Best Practices on toggle switches and defaults in forms?

In many cases, when creating an A/B choice for a user, there is a clear option that should be the default; if not, the debates can rage... and if the choices are not clearly boolean (Yes or No), it ...
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Why are push and twist switches more common in lamps than pull switches?

More than once, I've reached under a lampshade to turn on/off a light and had to a) search around hoping I didn't burn myself to find the switch and b) figure out which type of switch the lamp used ...
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Switching Modules within your App

What should be the best UI to access/switch different modules of your application while remaining on application pages. I have an app containing modules A, B and C. These modules are accessible based ...
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Should a tooltip on a stateful widget describe the current-state or next-click-action?

What should be presented in a simple tooltip when hovering over a stateful widget, such as a button like the up/down vote and star buttons on this question? Is it important to describe the current ...
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What is a classy, effective way to label a kitchen sink's disposal switch?

It bothers me that in-sink food waste disposals usually have an on-off switch that looks identical to a light switch and is often within a set of light switches sharing a single wall plate. How could ...
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Should “Learn More” CTA be used as a link or button?

Does it make sense to use "Learn More" as a button to expand more contents? See example: http://www.starbucksstore.com/coffee/coffee,default,sc.html Some of my colleagues argue that after you've ...
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Text for button toggles

I am currently creating a Grasshopper 3D component that parses XML data from a particular URL. Taking into account UX principles, I have some questions in-regards to my wording. The functionality ...
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What UI is appropriate for banning and unbanning a record?

We have a list of words and phrases stored in a database that if a submitted article contains any one of them, we would automatically disapprove the article (and send the submitter an explanation). ...
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Where to click to change status of a on/off slide bar

In a toggle button like above, where should a user click to change the status? It seems that the standard in most applications is to click on the slide itself. This would make sense as a user can ...
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Button to toggle prospect as important

I'm building a CRM, and users have given us feedback to set prospects as being important. The temporary solution we're using is the following: When you hover over the red icon, it becomes like this ...
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Is there any attempt to standardize a “cancel” action in elevator buttons?

I live in a country where only a few (I've heard of 2 or 3) elevators has the option to toggle back a pressed button in order to cancel the request. Of course, I'm waiting for all elevator buttons ...
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Triple-state toggle: 'turn on', turn off', 'auto turn on and off'

Currently I'm working on some software settings screen, and there are a number of features, that could be turned on and off manually, but also kept in kind of 'wait mode'. If a feature is in 'wait ...
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Checkbox versus a button when switching between two states on an item

The user needs to be able to activate/deactivate an item in the ui. SPECIFICATION: Display the current state of the item (activated or not) and offer the ability to activate/deactivate it depending ...
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Multiple toggle buttons with initial selection

Facts: Multiple toggling buttons Only one may be selected at a time There is an initial toggled button, which will be changed after a save action Must occupy as less space as possible (i.e. ...
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For an icon/button with toggle functionality, is it better to highlight the icon on mouseover or to change it (to the icon it would toggle to)?

I am creating a To Do list in my company's web application. Each item on the to-do list is marked with a flag, which acts as a toggle (as in outlook) for to-do/completed. The icon cycles between a ...
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Two state button guide - for non-UX designers [closed]

I have been reading way too many posts on toggle buttons, flips, switches and it seems like a clear guide to design an unambiguous button is needed, rather than just advice for people on how to fix ...
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Toggle Buttons vs Tabs

What are the problems with using toggle buttons instead of of tabs? I have a design where action buttons and tabs share the same row. I have 1 row with action buttons in it. In this same row I will ...
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How should I visually represent multiple three-state flags?

I'm building a piece of software which will have a filtering system that involves multiple flags. The complication is that each flag has three possible states: On Off N/A (i.e. It can't be applied, ...
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Is there a better way to design switches than I/O?

What was the thought process behind whoever designed the I/O on/off button? To me, it seems extremely confusing whether or not I is on, or O is on, and I still get pretty confused today as to which ...
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Using different checkbox style for different checkbox behavior

I'm not sure on which control to use on this case. Is it confusing to have two different checkbox styles that behave in different ways? (note: this is just a small part of a whole bunch of filters ...
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Toggle button vs. check box and toggle switch

XAML for Windows 8 offers 3 controls for toggling: toggle button, check box and toggle switch. The Windows 8 UX guidelines explain and compare the check box and the toggle switch, but make no ...
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Night/Day Mode Toggle

I'm working on a website that features a "day" mode and a "night" mode that the user can toggle between. The day mode will have a light background with dark text, the night mode will have a dark ...
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best practices for toggling persistence (“pinning”) of choices made by users?

What are best practices for UX that allows users to toggle whether a user's choice in a dropdown box in the chrome of a web app will persist across multiple pages and and multiple sessions? ...
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Best practice for switch with interchangeable on/off position?

We're making a hardware device with a reset button that needs to be activated when the device is unpowered. As such, the button can not be a momentary press but needs to change position before being ...
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Ternary Switch - How to implement?

My website gives users a report for their search term, this report contains many different datasets. Each dataset can be configured via options on their profile page, to either; Load when the ...
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Which way should be “on” for a switch?

Most of us use switches every day in various forms. And although there are sometimes general norms in countries as to which direction is "on", there is variation between countries. So when ...
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Is there a pattern for cycling or toggling through time periods?

I'm looking for a pattern for toggling between different periods of time. Currently I've prototyped an example which is a single button that, when tapped, will cycle through 3 time periods: by month, ...
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What should status bar toggle button behavior be?

I installed update of android 4.2.2 to my tablet. A new feature is "Long-press to toggle Bluetooth or Wi-Fi in the settings pull-down". So there are some interesting differences between offical rom ...
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What should a toggle switch do when using a multi-select?

When an item in a list has one of two possible states, how should the toggle switch behave when items have been selected that have different states? Neither action is dangerous, but it may act on ...
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Implementing a “Delete Mode”

I'm working on a site that allows users to create lists, and right now we've pulled out the "delete" functionality into a separate mode. Ideally the way this would work is: The user clicks something ...
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Graph for toggling data set

We are building a network monitoring tool and we need to show a graph which shows the Active/Inactive state of the machines. Like for example, during a period of 24 hours, during which periods the ...
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Toggling columns

I have some questions about toggling columns: in an older application, we have some columns that a user can toggle (regardless of available horizontal space). For example, the toggle between ...
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Should I use a close button or use toggle for a button?

I have a mobile website, which shows entries by a user. The entries' style is similar to that of twitter entries or facebook entries. So along with each entries, if the user had entered some comments, ...
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Indeterminate state for toggle buttons?

I'm working on a tablet based application where an agent would be going through and answering a series of yes/no questions. This is running on Windows 7 and naturally the standard windows controls ...
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Toggle Buttons “Turn On” vs “Enable” [duplicate]

For about a year now, we've used toggle buttons on a couple of segments of our site. We try to be very consistent in our user interfaces, always using the same blue button styles for every clickable ...
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Multiple choice with Yes, No and 'No answer'

I am working on a Quiz Application for Multiple Choice question. Instead of normal Multiple Choice Questions with the two answers yes and no. I am working on one that allows a user to abstain to a ...
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How does a 3d shading impact circular button use?

I recently ran across a circular smiley icon with lambertian shading, specular shading, and cast shadows. The effect was a little like a ball on a table. Here it is: Clicking the icon toggled an ...
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What is a more intuitive way to present a 3-option toggle?

Stack Exchange's tag popup card/thingy has a star which you can toggle between "Favorite" (gold star), "Ignored" (red cross), and "Normal" (grey star). Favorite: Ignored: Normal: This is not ...
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best location for multiscreen/tabbed view toggle button

The application i'm working on can be displayed either on multiple monitors or as tabs on 1 monitor. All the top-level controls will be located on 1 (main) screen and additional screens will display ...
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Icon for ascending-descending sort [closed]

I'm trying to come up with two icons to represent ascending-descending sort order which would allow the user to sort the members ('bars') of a chart/visualization. The control will be a toggle ...
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Toggling a Mute Button [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should a toggle button show its current state or the state to which it will change? I was using a simple app on my iPhone yesterday (a flashlight app) and there was a ...
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When using a chevron should I use one or two?

I am using a chevron for hiding and collapsing an area on my interface. I have found versions of chevrons out there that use 2, and others that use a single: Is there any standard or reason to ...
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Best way to present toggles for sharing on other social networks?

I'm trying to come up with a way to display toggles for whether you want to share your status on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr. This is intended for a web application. I looked at a couple of other ...
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Alternates to the “play/pause” button

I've never been happy with the old 'iTunes' model ("flip-flop" buttons; see this question) where the play and pause are the same button, with an icon showing what state you can go to (Play when you're ...
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Toggling two-way relationships between objects

A user can manage relations for an object within a modal window, which lists every other object as rows in a table. For each of these, a user can toggle the relationship status by clicking the ...