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

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Should a toggle button show its current state or the state to which it will change?

I have a quick question about buttons that toggle between two states. (Think Play/Pause, or Shuffle/Regular Play.) As the title says, should the toggle show it's current state or the state to which it ...
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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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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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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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Separation of play and pause buttons for playing media

I seem to remember reading somewhere that having the play pause actions triggered from a single button that toggles is a bad idea It seems to me that this idiom works well (e.g. pressing space to ...
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Should “toggle buttons” show what they do or the system status? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should a toggle button show its current state or the state to which it will change? I find inconsistency in "toggle buttons" (I just invented the name now. See ...
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Which is a good color for a pause button?

We have an application with a built-in stopwatch. If the stopwatch is running the pause button is shown and if it is stopped the play button is shown. Currently the stopwatch itself as well as the ...
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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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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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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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Most effective way to display the enable/disable part of a setup page

We have an admin section with a number of different settings users can go to. In the majority of pages there is an option at the top which initially allows the users to either enable or disable that ...
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Toggle button for actions

In our web application, we have a list of items for which multiple actions can be scheduled. If an action is available but not selected, it is displayed as a gray button. When the user clicks on it, ...
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How to best represent a ToggleButton (representing on/off) with the ability to be locked

I'm designing a ToggleButton control that has the ability to be in a locked state in which user interaction will not be able to further toggle the control. In general I would like the button to appear ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How should cancelled animations behave?

How should an animation behave when it is cancelled/changed? For example, let's say I have a button in my application that triggers the visibility of a tool panel. When the panel is shown, an ...
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Best choice for three-state value?

In my application, the user can filter fields by selecting one of three possible values for each field: True False Both I currently have a drop-down box, but this requires two clicks while the ...
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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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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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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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When to commit user data (a humble request from a systems guy…)

So, I am a systems programmer working on a UI (bad idea, maybe, but I think I do ok all things considered). Anyway, my program is an interface to a service running on a remote machine which controls ...
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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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I need ideas to improve this timeout control

I'm getting ready to publish a page of real-time stock-option data. Problem is I'm not so sure any more of many controls that I used to be in love with. The first of these now-doggish controls is ...
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Assume success and show response immediately or wait for a response from the server?

All over my CMS I have buttons that toggle something on or off by sending an ajax request, updating the db, and then changes state and value of the button on success. Very basic "ajax" and "toggle". ...
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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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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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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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Deviating from the check-mark convention

I would like to create a slightly different convention for single select and multi-select toggle choices. I hate the stereotypical look of default radio buttons and check marks in boxes, so I came up ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should present or past tense be used for “Enable / Enabled” checkboxes? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should a toggle button show its current state or the state to which it will change? When a checkbox enables a feature, is it more correct to use Enable [] or Enabled []? ...
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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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Using UISwitch to toggle favourite

I have an iPhone app that consists of events. Users can both favourite an event, and add an alarm to an event. Currently the favourite button works by using a checkmark accessory, whilst the alarm ...
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How to represent an ignore option for a control such as a ListBox

In this application there are several screens that guide a user through filling out criteria meant to complete specific queries. In order to facilitate the selection of multiple items we have created ...
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Toggling UI Mode, Show/Hide

I am currently working on an enterprise web app. In the invoice entry screen, I had some UI trouble. Basically the current invoice entry screen is something like this: Default mode/state Item ...
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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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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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What should I call a switch statement in an UI where users won't know what a switch statement is?

I'm designing a product where a user can build a decision tree. There are different kinds of decision nodes they can add: true/false rules, exclusion rules, and switch statements. I'm afraid of ...