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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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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Do people actually use tooltips?

I know I use them, and my peers use them, but how much does the average user actual use tooltips to figure out functionality?
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How to indicate right click functionality?

I am developing a Windows application where there is a lot of configuration and settings applied to multiple objects. There is a right click menu that is used to apply a predetermined group of ...
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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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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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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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Is it a good idea to add tooltip to some text that says exactly the same?

Having tooltips on icons and images is understandable and the same goes for small pieces of links where tooltips may elaborate to the user what that particular link would do. Sometimes, however, ...
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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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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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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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What's the best term to refer to the pointy part of a comic-book-style balloon UI element?

In discussing balloon-ish UI elements, I've described the pointy part as 'points', 'arrows' or 'spikes', and that seems to get the idea across to many people alright... but I find myself falling ...
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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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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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Can we just use tooltip on some rather than on all controls?

I do like to place tooltips whenever I feel that the user could benefit from them. I tend not to place tooltips on controls when I think it's pretty obvious what their effects are. However, on some ...
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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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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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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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What tooltip text should I give to controls that move a map?

The application is a 3D map of a large work area (several rooms), with information tabs at the bottom. Users can rotate and zoom the map, click on a room for details, click a piece of equipment for ...
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How should I design the guides in my iOS app?

In my app (sort of like a music-oriented PDF reader), there are a couple of basic PDF's describing features and what certain buttons do, but there isn't a full blown tutorial. Adding to that, I ...
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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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What is a good text for a tooltip to explain a tour's intensity on a website?

I'm working in a website that will sells tours. Each tour has a physical intensity. We have a slider bar that represents that intensity. It goes from green - yellow - red. The current text that appear ...
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tooltip in the form

Lets assume we have a simple form like label: <input> label2: <input2> and we want to place a tooltip icon: "?" there. Does it matter where we place it, for example: label ?: ...
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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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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 ...
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Tooltip Verbage: “This will prevent changes” vs “Currently allowing changes”

I have a series of inputs used to allocate a large budget into smaller groups. Once a group is changed, the rest would auto-complete with the remaining budget percentage. We would like to be able to ...
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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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Best way to help people understand they can buy domains by clicking on them?

Our client runs panabee, a site to help people brainstorm catchy names for domains, blogs, and mobile apps. We are researching the best way to help people understand they can buy domain names by ...
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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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1answer
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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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Clickable “hot spot” functionality

I'm having trouble researching a particular design pattern because I don't know what to call it -- internally we refer to this concept as a "hot spot" but that doesn't seem to be standard jargon. It ...
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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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1answer
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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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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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Tooltip to indicate keyboard shortcut involving cursor keys

In our (web) application, we want tooltips (read: title attributes) that also indicate shortcuts for buttons. We have some button that involve the cursor ('arrow') keys. We've tried using characters ...
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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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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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3answers
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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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1answer
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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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Tooltips for Icons/Buttons

So it's mentioned frequently how icons and buttons might not always be 100% intuitive in what they mean, and that ideally they should be accompanied by a label. What about a tooltip, like in HTML ...
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1answer
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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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1answer
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How to render text that contains a tooltip / hover state?

I'm wondering about the best way to represent text that contains a flyout / tooltip (similar to Foursquare - see image below) but is not a link to another page. In my case, there are a number of ...
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Any good resources for, or examples of, good ways to present 'new user tips'?

Launching the beta version of a new web app shortly and want to provide a small number of new user tips that will appear one at a time the first 5-10 times a user logs on. I'm looking for some best ...
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1answer
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...