informational bits of text that appear to guide a user through an interface, usually popping up when a user hovers over an interface element such as a button.

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Best way to show “more info”, Tooltip vs no tooltip?

Which is the best way to display more info next to an option while completing a form in a minimal way & little space? the "i" icon which can be clicked or hovered over & a tooltip appears ...
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How to indicate tooltips?

I've got a table like web page and on only one column you can hover over the rows and tooltips appear. At the top of the column I've got a little info symbol ('i' in a blue circle) but I don't think ...
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How to tell Users that a Tooltip lies behind a Text/Textbox/Image, etc.?

In my UI, I have a normal text headline that covers a block of checkboxes. Without further information I'm scared of users not knowing what to do with the window. My idea is to put a tooltip in the ...
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Do people actually use tooltips?

I know I use them, and my peers use them, but how much does the average user actually use tooltips to figure out functionality?
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How do you make sure users know that there is a tooltip attached to something?

I've read Do people actually use tooltips?, and there are mixed answers there - I know a lot of people do use tooltips, but there are still a lot of people, in my opinion, that don't use tooltips. ...
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How long should a feature tooltip be displayed before fade-out?

I have a tooltip with 5 words like "Try out some custom options" in my application. My goal is to get people to interact more with options. Is there any basis to calculate how long to leave that ...
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Tooltips to shorten your content

At my job there is no UX expert, which can be frustrating since most of the daily discussions I have with colleagues is about user experience / interaction. Right now there is a discussion regarding ...
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Different styling for different tooltips on a single page?

I am working on a web application, and we are focusing very much on the consistency of the look&feel. When we are designing tooltip styles, we can see there is the 'plain style' tooltip and all ...
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Tooltip icon before the word?

Im working on an existing site, and the tooltip icon is before the word. I have never seen this before. Is this common? This looks like bad UX to me, but I don't want to make the argument to change it ...
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Is it a good practice to display an overlay tooltip after tapping a disabled button?

I'd like the tooltip to provide extra information as to why the button appears disabled. Is it a good idea to do this? The tooltip may get slightly hidden by the tapping finger...
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How should I display this information if not in a tooltip?

I've got a tooltip (image below) that when the user hovers over it, they are given a quick one line summary of what they hovered over and then 8 more lines of information. I already know that's way ...
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Help tooltips and screen-readers

I have an input form that contains help tooltips for many of the field labels (usually more meaningful than the example). download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups ...
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Best way to give user information on a layer

The Idea I have a layer list that is being created like this d3 version here and I want to append some sort of information icon to the lowest level nodes. To give some background, the user will be ...
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Is it more usable to display information in a table-like display?

I am trying to display information about the last time a remark has been changed. For this I have to display the Author, the region, the date and time. This information will appear in a tooltip on ...
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Form fields tooltips vs. plain help text. What works best?

In your experience, what's the best (user experience) method for giving users more information on certain fields that they have to fill out? Note that these fields are part of the set-up process of a ...
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Are alternate suggestions in “username already taken” errors useful?

I know it’s industry standard to provide alternate suggestions when a user tries to input a username that is already taken while registering. It occurs to me that users A) ignore the suggestions or ...
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How to mark a tooltip-containing word in a paragraph?

I have a sentence in which one word has a tooltip. The data in the tooltip is supplemental and putting it into the main UI isn't required. However, how can I mark the word to notify the user that it ...
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Alternatives to tooltips in tablets?

I understand this question has been discussed a couple of times on the site. However, it seems not to be getting the answer or inspiration I am looking for. BTW, my background is a programmer in case ...
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Show tooltip immediately or only after a click on the “i”

I've got a loan applicant form. All the fields are required and most of them got a describing tooltip. I struggle when it comes to the point how to show the tooltips. Hide them until a user clicks a ...
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Info Icon vs Question Mark

We're debating inside our team on whether to use a question mark icon, or an "i" icon for prompting a tooltip that reveals more info. Which do you say conveys the message better? Or, how do they ...
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Do users even use tool tips? [duplicate]

I was reading this SO meta post and it got me wondering - does the average Web user know about tool tips and use them? For me if I don't know what an icon does on a site, my default is to roll over ...
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Types of tool tips [closed]

I'm designing a checkout flow for an e commerce website and I need to come up with a set 3 kind of tool tips. while they will look similar they will have variations for the following for providing ...
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Interaction with a tooltip on a line chart

I am designing a line chart which displays a tooltip when the user hovers over the chart to show extra information. A working example of what I am currently using can be seen here. I am interested in ...
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Why does the title attribute have a delay?

In HTML the title attribute usually displays a little popup conveying information about the element. In most—if not all—browsers the popup doesn't appear immediately but after few seconds. Why was ...
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Fatigue logic on UI components

I'm working on an app, and one of the things being built is a tooltip dialogue to present to the user, which is dismissible. However, I'm having trouble coming up with a way to create an enjoyable UX ...
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Is it easier to read an inline or vertical names list?

Noticed Facebook changed its tooltip names rendering to vertical. That made me wonder if it was actually easier/faster to read a list of name inline in a sentence or in a vertical list? Is there an ...
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Usefulness of twitter tooltip? [closed]

i was wondering when you hover an element from your twitter profil as 'number of tweets' you have this tooltip comming out. Why do they need to repeat this information ? Is this for an ...
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For a website feature that is relatively new, what's a good way to guide users through it?

I'm working on a website and it has an interactive tool within it where users can build a number of picture galleries. Assuming their galleries page is empty and that they are fairly new to this ...
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Are tooltips on mobile a good user experience

What is the general consensus on tooltips for web links? The kind I mean are the ones that pop up on desktop when you hover, but pop up on mobile when you click. I fist came across these the other ...
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What are the best practices for tooltips on mobile websites?

What are the best practices for tooltips on mobile websites? I'm designing the mobile version of a website for customers' accounts (where they can see their latest bill and settings for their ...
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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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Maximum length of a UI element string [closed]

I generally keep it as a good rule of thumb that if a UI element contains text that is longer than 20 characters (and is not an input field), then the contained characters should be a tooltip rather ...
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What UI Control should I use to allow users the select the order items are displayed in?

Our UI displays different list of attributes in tooltips (mouse over) and balloons (right click). Users can select the attributes that will be displayed in each case in an admin panel. I want to ...
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Does a tooltip require close button?

I'm working on tooltips, when I was told there are some tooltips that have close buttons. Is a tooltip with a close button user friendly?
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Helptext area vs Help “Tool Tip” icons on click

In our applications, the users are going through plenty of screens filling out form fields and selecting various options from dropdowns, radio buttons, etc. Because of this, we currently house one ...
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tooltips on touch

Is there a way to do tooltips on a button in touch devices? On a large screen, if I have a button and some additional content on what that button does, I would use a tooltip. Suppose am doing ...
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Tooltip to the right of table title?

Would tooltips to the right of table titles be used? There is short information on each column title in the table. But I don't want to clutter the screen with an [i] behind each title. But I do want ...
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How to provide tooltip-like hint on a Touch Screen and user to move it to another item (viiew tooltip for other screen elements)

Background: I have a list of lessons and I don't want to confuse the user with a long description (lots of text) for each lesson. So someone suggested having something like a tooltip (to the right ...
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Are there any standards on when to use placeholder text vs. tooltips?

To assist an user entering some data in an <input> field, we're planning to provide tooltips and placeholder. Wanted to understand the guidelines and standards on 'when' to use placeholder vs. ...
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Tooltip with copy to clipboard action

I would like to show a path of the data source of an object (diagram with csv-data) and to give the user the option to copy the path to clipboard. I made different approaches. One idea was if I ...
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Tooltip for a User-Set URL

I'm dealing with a situation where we have a place for a user-entered URL/hostname after entering and re-entering their password. I've attached an image of what we're considering below. What I'm ...
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Tooltips with infinite timeout?

I'm thinking of setting the timeout on all my tooltips in a WinForms application to infinity (or an extremely large value). The motivation is that it's annoying for the user if the tooltip disappears ...
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Field focused tooltip vs. clickable information icon

I'm building a public website and I need to display helpful information to guide the user when filling in forms. The forms may contain text inputs, dropdown lists, sliders... The site will be mobile ...
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Combobox items with Tooltips

I was thinking of using a searchable\predictive text combo box to allow a user selecting an item from a very long list of items with long names (lets say from a list of 200 items). I thought it would ...
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Dynamic help on an already cluttered screen [closed]

One part of our application is providing an analytical display of data on different parts of customer's website, this is achieved by using layover tiles that expand with data on rollover. We would ...
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Show 6 share buttons vs one button that opens tooltip with 6 share buttons

I have a web application that hosts some user content, say tutorials. I'd want to give users opportunity to share this content using social network buttons like Facebook Like/Share, Twitter, Reddit, ...
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Is it ok to show 'might interest you' on hover-cards?

I'm trying to decide regarding content of hover-cards. The conflict I'm trying to resolve is whether it's alright to direct to other pages on my site that can interest the viewer, or should I keep it ...
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Hover over a disabled item to know why it's disabled. What do you think?

How many times did you use a desktop app or an online page and you come across one or more menu items which are disabled and you have no idea why its disabled. Using help or documentation is of no ...
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How long should the delay be before a tooltip pops up?

I'm working on web site in which a "ribbon" submenu pops up as soon as the mouse touches one of the main menu items. I'm trying to explain to the designer that it should wait until the cursor has ...
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Static tooltips vs tooltips that follow the mouse

This is for a debug app (programming) that prints additional information when the mouse is over a certain element. For example, the app can display a list of class methods. When the user mouse over a ...