a menu bar with many items to perform common tasks in an application, often visible from the main window or all windows of an application.

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When should a top bar be fixed?

When should we have a fixed top bar? The StackExchange™ MultiCollider SuperDropdown™ isn't fixed, as it scrolls with the page, while Facebook's top bar is, because it stays on screen no matter how ...
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Desktop applications with no toolbars

I'm developing a brand new user interface for an old (20+-year) desktop application. Commands have several ways that they can be accessed — main menu, context menu, keyboard shortcut, and a ...
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Toolbar buttons - to be or not to be?

I need to create a toolbar for my application, and let's assume that due to external constraints it must be a regular toolbar, not a ribbon. The application itself has a significant number of ...
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Icon for “Remove All” getting confused with “Remove” - how to fix? [closed]

Our application has a button to Remove (removes selected item) and Remove All. Currently the icons are right next to each other and look similar; therefore users accidentally have been clicking ...
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Should action buttons be separate or part of a single toolbar?

This is a follow-up question from the previous question managing taxonomy hierarchies UI patterns. Question: When an item in a list has action buttons that perform create/edit/delete actions, is ...
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Is it still preferred/acceptable to right-align the Help menu in Windows applications?

Back when I first learned Windows GUI programming, it seemed very common to right-align the Help menu in applications. It seems this is no longer the norm in all of the Windows applications I ...
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When to use static (i.e., sticky) navigation bars?

As an amateur web designer I've been paying close attention to websites' designs to improve my grasp on this field, I noticed that some websites are using sticky navigation bars while others are using ...
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How usable are bars that disappear / reappear on scroll?

From http://usabilitypost.com/2014/05/24/the-scroll-up-bar/: A design pattern that is currently growing more popular is the fixed position bar at the top of the page. Sometimes the bar stays the ...
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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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When is it appropriate to use a complex interface, and when we should keep things simple?

I have a general question about layouts incorporating toolbars, sidebars, and/or panels. Common design sense might stress simplicity, not to cram too many elements into the UI design. But we often ...
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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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Interface for image editor app with many tools for small touchscreens?

I'm making an image editor app for phones with touchscreens. It will have tools that are similar to related desktop applications like brush, pencil, rubber, mask, smudge, crop, text etc. tools. For a ...
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Ordering actions in a toolbar

I'm building wireframes for a checkout/cart system. Based on the state of the cart, I have two toolbars within the item listings The actions are: Save for later, Remove, Edit Remove, Email When ...
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Why is the Windows taskbar default at the bottom?

In Windows operating systems the taskbars default position is at the bottom. Why is that so? Especially it is strange to me because all windows application have their main menu bar at the top. To me ...
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Should icons in a toolbar reference an action or the object?

When deciding on which icon to use in a toolbar is it better for an icon to reference the action or the object? Example: Action = Export data to excel. The object in this case is Excel (destination ...
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Should I include all toolbar items inside menus?

An application I'm working on has a toolbar that doesn't have all of the buttons as commands inside the menus in the application. For me this feels quite awkward. The Java Look and Feel Design ...
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iPad - How to emphasize the difference between a browser toolbar and a web app toolbar?

I'm looking for suggestions on how an iPad app that includes web browser controls can distinguish these controls from ones that may be provided by the web content. Here the chrome toolbar on top is ...
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“Click-and-drop” alternative to drag-and-drop, for accessibility (and maybe mobile-web)

I have observed some people fumble with a mouse. They seem unable to synchronize clicking the buttons and sliding the mouse consistently, to where they drag things when they only meant to click on ...
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Navbars that hide when scrolldown and show when scrolling up

I've noticed this trend on several popular websites (linkedin, Google+) and personally really dislike it. I'm wondering what other people's experiences are. Basically, there's a navbar on the top of ...
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Alternatives to Menu + Toolbar or Ribbon

The main application I'm working on has a very traditional (and boring) old school menu and toolbar, the toolbar indeed just a row of 16 small icons. It has worked for us well over the years, but ...
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Toolbar of digital signatures

Where I work, we have one of our systems in a web viewer for PDF files signed with the extension ". P7s." We are doing a toolbar similar to the adobe reader (picture below). The panel is also of ...
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What examples are there of animated toolbar icons? [closed]

Are there applications (including web applications) that have animated toobar icons? I would imagine they would only animate on hover/mouse over, but I'd be interested to show someone this so we can ...
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Rearranging buttons on a vertical toolbar

I'm designing a windows software interface and I'm focusing now on a vertical toolbar with 20+ buttons. In a big screen, we have enough vertical space to fit all the buttons in a single column, but as ...
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Why do installers still try to install toolbars? [closed]

I just updated my Java, and when I de-selected the checkbox to install their toolbar, I wondered: does anybody in the world even use toolbars for anything anymore? None of the modern browsers have a ...
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Navigation bar vs toolbar in iPad and related controls

I'm getting a bit confused with navigation bars and toolbars when migrating from iPhone to iPad, since toolbars in iPad seem to be moved to the top, as described in iOS Human Interface Guidelines, so ...
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Toolbar at the bottom of the screen

In IE in Windows 8, the toolbar/addressbar in Internet Explorer is at the bottom of the screen. Is there any research or study that supports this kind of layout?
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Do we really need the system tray, taskbar and “quick start” separate?

When I fast came across Windows 7 taskbar combined with "quick start" toolbar, I thought it's an ugly idea. But today I noticed that I tend to move my applications into the system tray anyway - as an ...
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Android: Action bar vs. Toolbar, Spinner vs. Dropdown

Is there any distinction between the key functionality of Android controls: Action bar vs. Toolbar, Spinner vs. Dropdown. To me they seem to be the same and I wonder if there is a reason of ...
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Adding paging, sorting and filtering toolbars to a table

I have a bunch of report views, which essentially are tables. They should enable the user with sorting, paging and filtering capabilities. My idea is to add those features via menu-bars. Paging ...
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Buttons in the “tab area” of a page control

Is it OK to put buttons (or a toolbar) in the "tab area" of a page control? In the example above, the number of tabs is fixed. The rationale behind this is to "save space". However. It "feels" ...
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Organizing hidden commands in a customizable tool bar

We got a classic Windows tool bar with command buttons with icons. If you right click the toolbar you can choose Customize toolbar to open a dialog from where you can pick out the buttons to be shown ...
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QuickBooks UI and (still on) buttons position criteria

My company is redesigning one of its accounting software. Intuit's QuickBooks is something that be considered in the same market field, so I took a look at its UI. Here is the invoice management: ...
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Vertical action-bar vs a horizontal action bar

I had a discussion today with a UX professional who is more experienced than me. The discussion was around the placement of a list of actions (Tools, Add To Gallery, Send Email, etc.) The person I was ...
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How many toolbars?

We're developing a desktop application for accountants and lawyers. One of its feature is document management. There are several actions users can do about documents, so we are doubtful about how ...
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An icon that represents “End Game” in iPhone app [closed]

I'm stumped. I would like to have an icon in the toolbar that represents "End Game". My app is a scorekeeping app, and when the user wants to end the game and start with a fresh scoreboard, they would ...
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Does sinking part of a toolbar help split it into separate functional parts?

For a product just shipped, I needed to separate a single horizontal toolbar into 2 distinct parts: the first for file operations, the second for editing/navigation operations. Because I added the ...
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Navigation toolbar design

I'm working on a new web page using a navigation toolbar at the top of the screen. There is an employee profile box on the left, certifications (if any for that employee) in the center of the toolbar ...
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How to display view options buttons in a top toolbar in mobile and desktop?

I have a webapp with a list of items. The items can be viewed in grid view (tiles) or in a vertical list. At the top, I have a toolbar of sorts that have two icons that the user can toggle between ...
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Multiple ways to provide similar functionality in a text editor

I am working on a text editor (web app) which will provide powerful, customizable functionality, but in a minimal (requirement) appearance. One of the functions is: "create new snippet". I want this ...
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Use of tab bar and navigation bar in iPhone app

I'm developing an app that provides information about companies. I would like to have tab bar buttons for "Favorites" view and "Search" view. I also need tools for actions, for example in the ...
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Separating actions on items from general actions in a toolbar

Rearranging an existing toolbar of ours, I would like to separate between types of action buttons. General actions that applies to the system, e.g. Settings, List actions that applies to the entire ...
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Two toolbars in master-detail view

We're creating a new version of an application that is based on a master-detail view of data. So basically there is a list of records at the top and detail information about selected record at the ...
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Official name for iOS bar which notifies web browser of native app

Super simple question (I think) - does anyone know what the official term is for the non-intrusive apple bar which notifies a user of an available app to use natively on their phone? For an example, ...
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Transparent background toolbar - how to give it attention, but not too much

I am building an ipad application. In my application I show images. I've got a toolbar that contains basic abilities like sharing, shopping etc. I want my toolbar to be an anchor point throughout the ...
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Replicated bars and menus consistency

So, using Google tonight I noted, in the results page, some links get duplicated among two bars, one anchored at the top, and a second one below the search box. You can compare the initial page with ...
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Actions and navigation buttons in the same toolbar?

In our application, each view has a title bar and a toolbar. The toolbar contains two types buttons: Actions: e.g. Create new project, action is performed in the same view Navigation links, e.g. Go ...
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Should I use ActionBar pattern to make a choice between Camera and Gallery?

I have baked the Camera and Gallery choices into the ActionBar at the top of the screen using a splashscreen as content. I have even been told not to use the ActionBar at all. This is my screen: ...
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Navigation bar and Toolbar in ipad app at top of screen - apple's approval?

I'm a newbie. I have got a wire frame for ipad application, in which navigation bar and tool bars are placed on the top. And back button is placed in toolbar. Whether it violates apple's guidelines or ...