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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When should I use a popover vs a tooltip?

Are there any hard and fast rules about deciding when to use a tooltip versus a popover? I understand that tooltips don't have a header, but any other considerations? To be consistent, does it ...
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Help for first visit on a website

On my website, there is a top-menu feature that I would like that a new visitor sees and understands immediately. Maybe only 10% of the visitors will use it (that's why it doesn't deserve a bigger ...
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Arrowless tooltip: Usability?

I'm working on a project using Angular Material, a framework based on Google's Material Design Specifications. As such, it uses arrowless tooltips like this: According to the guideline: ...
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How should acronym explanations be displayed in a mobile app?

I have a lot of acronyms/abbreviations (mostly medical) that I can't really replace by their full name. Users will eventually learn them but I can't expect them to remember all of them. I may also use ...
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Long description in tooltips

I'm working on a project that has tooltips for some buttons. These tooltips contains very lengthy description and those are client requirements that cannot be changed. These tooltips take a ...
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To tooltip or not to tooltip?

For what widgets would you want to have a tooltip? I can see the case for icons in toolbars without text. What about for buttons with labels? Hopefully the label clearly communicates what the ...
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Should I provide empty fields in tooltip or not?

I have an extension tool for Microsoft Visual Studio. It provides meta data for code lines (which is retrieved from external source code) and helps developer to resolve bugs faster. I have doubts ...
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Indicate hover (or tap) will show more information with many elements

First off, this is not a duplicate of the many other similar titled questions out there (that I could find at least) due to one extra bit. So please read first. What I have is a paragraph of ...
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Indicative tooltip + info tooltip over the same element

I have a table that contains some items texts the user can click to filter by those values. For example, if they click on the username, only rows containing that username will be shown on the table. ...
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How to have tool tips on touch devices?

I want to provide tooltips for the UI buttons, but obviously a "hoverable" tooltip will not display on a touch device. what is an alternative way to display the same information as a tooltip (in this ...
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What is considered better UX - have tooltips on important features or provide a tour

Simple enough - is there any user research which suggests the best of these options. In my limited experience I could see how some users might find a tour irritating (but Twitter still uses one). ...
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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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General GUI Development: Acceptable tooltip string length?

I'm putting the finishing touches on a GUIDE (MATLAB) developed GUI. I wanted to add tooltip strings to help the user but I don't want to overwhelm the user. Here are some examples of tootip strings ...
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How to handle tooltips on moving control/object?

My company is building an on-line map which displays moving objects (vehicles) and static objects (bus stops). When the user hovers over an item, a tooltip with additional info about all the objects ...
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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 ...