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Should forms be aligned left or center, if less than full page width?

Our web application has a small header and nav menu at the very top, and below, there is simply a large area of open space. We have no need for an always-present sidebar, so there is just one column. ...
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Best way to display domain/workgroup name in the datagrid of computer list

We are have been developing the application for distributed computer network, and every computer can be domain member or workgroup member. So we have a view, where all computers are listed in the ...
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showing buttons on hover?

Lately I have noticed that a lot of websites are displaying a delete "X" when you hover over that specific panel. I have been thinking whether or not this was very usable for the user because there is ...
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Why do physical keyboards still have built-in numpads?

Normally I use a wireless keyboard without a number pad and a mouse right next to it. Having started a new job, I was finding my right arm somewhat more sore. This was confusing until I realized: ...
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Show/Hide Password Icon - Eye/ Closed Eye? Is the “Eye” icon offensive to any cultures?

I am on a project where we are implementing show/hide password functionality, and after significant research I discovered the 'Open Eye'/ 'Closed Eye' to be fairly standard. Once this was implemented ...
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Why does Gmail hide email options under a '+' sign?

Why does Gmail website hide options like "links", "smileys" etc. under a '+' sign when there is clearly enough room along the footer? Am I missing something, or is google really pushing google+? ...
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Custom back button in page

I had a discussion with a friend about adding a custom back button on every page in a website. What I mean by a custom back button is a link or a button, that will do just onclick="history.back();". ...
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Placeholders for format in address form

I am creating an address form and want to add placeholders to the fields to display the format of what the user needs to enter. For email addresses, phone numbers and credit card details this is ...
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Best practice for a desktop version dropdown hover menu to work on mobile?

I'll give my example as it explains exactly what I mean. We have a store that on the main menu has a "Shop" link that when hovered over, will display a dropdown menu of categories and subcategories. ...
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Why is high website availability good for UX?

I'm trying to understand how much should I invest in website availability. What impact does a not so good availability (let's say 95% - 18 days in a year) have in User Experience. Why is it that ...
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Icons vs. Dropdown for primary mobile navigation

I am working on a responsive design in which there are 5 selections in the primary navigation. I'm thinking because there are only 5 I could use icons instead of a dropdown for the primary navigation. ...
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Tab order for previous/next buttons in a form

We have a multi-step form that has 2 buttons (Previous and Next) at the bottom of each page. The Previous button is on the bottom left-hand side, and the Next on the bottom right-hand side. What ...
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Should the current likes counter be inside the Like button?

I noticed that Facebook, Instagram and other well designed apps separate the Like and Comment buttons from their counts. Any ideas why they do not put the counter inside the button? Maybe have a split ...
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How to display unfilled fields in a view mode?

How can I show to a user, on a view mode page, an unfilled field of an edit mode? I have on the form, on edit mode, this type of a field: Label: (input) (type of unit) (button with contextual help) ...
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In what situation is it best to use a mega menu?

The current site I'm working on typically has 3 levels on navigation. Site-map and navigation has already been done. They have chosen to use a mega menu to show top level navigation items and ...
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How to display the relevant data on the UI

I was going through a book, which said that the data should be organised in such a way that primary and secondary levels are accessed within 3-5 clicks and remaining data should be at ternary level ...
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How best to draw the users to a potential issue in the data they have entered

I have a form where the user can update project information. A project is linked to an organisation, and an organisation has license(s) - which has an expiry date. When updating the project, if 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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Why are child-resistant packages sometimes easier to open by kids than adults?

Based on discussions with friends and colleagues there seem to be difficulties opening child-resistant packages in general. There are even stories of parents letting their kids (supervised) open child ...
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Should you optimize mobile experiences based on individual handedness?

In abbood's question "How to implement a stack exchange style voting for mobile?" he answers his own question with the following mock-up: My immediate thought was that the up-vote control was on ...
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Which is easier to use: List of people sorted by FirstName, LastName or LastName, FirstName?

If you have a list of people, is it better to order them by FirstName, LastName or LastName, FirstName? Telephone books list by last name first: Outlook lists by first name first: Is one way ...
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Is it needed to connect all pages together or let the browser's back and forward buttons do the job [duplicate]

I find it's comfortable to have the link to useful page in every single pages so the user can interact with our application conveniently. But sometimes, I find that the browser's buttons is ...
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Involve the user from the beginning if we want to emphasize usability?

I have questions about usability. Is it necessary to involve the user from the beginning of the software engineering process if we want to emphasize usability? Also, I read this previous question ...
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ajax loader (spinner or progress bar) where to place it? [closed]

I have a web page (web app ?) where users click on some buttons and we fire an ajax call which then eventually updates some elements of the page. I am thinking of putting an indicator (spinner) of ...
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position-based application switching in traditional window managers

I have a related question on SU that is asking for any tools which apply this concept: Suppose that I've got a perfectly reasonable set of two terminal windows, two web browsers, and one email ...
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How do you show that a feature can be selected individually or combined with another feature?

The user has 3 options/features to choose from, but here is the problem: Each feature can be selected separately/on its own. Feature A can be selected/combined with feature B. Feature B can be ...
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Do people find someone in a list faster by name or a profile picture of the person?

I am looking for research to find out if when looking through a list such as a team list in a project management app people find it easier to find someone by their profile picture or their name? I am ...
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On news apps, how does using a different colour for each category help the user?

On news websites and news apps, a specific colour is often used for the link to each category (background colour or underline colour), and I would like to understand how this is helpful for the user, ...
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Has my comics website successfully left the 1990s? [closed]

So, a little while back I posted this question to try and help my website, http://HittingTreesWithSticks.com, out of the 1990s. How to not make my website have a "1990's" look So the ...
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Login/register: How to balance ease-of-use, number of clicks, and appearance?

I'm working on a new design for the log in or register page, and since we have some very unique constraints, this might be the first time I've done one of these pages that isn't reinventing the wheel. ...
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Playlists: horizontal or vertical?

Let's assume that playlists are groups of items that are selected for some reason (to be played, to be converted or to be used in any other operation). My question is: what is the best way (if there ...
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Print array index in plain text

I'm developing an engineering application which stores data in C arrays. When a user edits data representing one of the items of the array, I want to be able to show the item number they're editing. ...
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Favourite or Visible?

I am currently analysing the GUI of one application. It happens that the application has a list of locations that only displays favourite locations. When you create a location, the new location is ...
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Hide controls by default?

This question might be too general but its bugging me a lot. If you look at the screenshot below: Maybe J have been sending emails for too long, but I expected the 'CC' and 'BCC' fields to be ...
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Maximum usability for purely text-based menus?

I'm designing a 'retro-style' video game, in which the user has to navigate relatively complex (around six or seven options on the screen at a time) text-based menus very often (once every minute, ...
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Placement of delete button on form

I have a form which edits a flight, and it should be possible to delete them. I have considered putting a delete button in the index page, which lists all the flights, but the table rows are clickable ...
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Why are sinks always rounded?

I've noticed a trend recently that some sinks have a flat base, but they seem to be few and far between. Are there any reasons related to UX for why sinks have traditionally always been round?
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Accordion Menu or Static Menu Options for Touch Screen optimization

I'm in the process of redesigning dialog menus for our application. The biggest reason is to make the application touch friendly. But these menus will be used in both touch and mouse environments. ...
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Link destinations

If the interface that I am working on has 3 lists: A) Top 10 performing companies B) 10 recent transactions across those 10 companies C) Top 10 performing promotions across those companies The ...
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Counting to Infinity - Are counters usable?

As the web gets older and bigger the numbers in a lot of counters will tend to increase more and more. I'm very curious about the implications in usability and user experience: Are these big numbers ...
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Tag cloud for web site actions - a no-no?

I am building a website, and my designer came up with the idea of using a (3d) tag cloud to display the different actions a user can take (the site's functionality is somewhat complex, and so ...
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In a high precision meter do I display battery voltage as a fractional number of volts or as a whole number of millivolts?

There's an Android battery meter application for enthusiasts (control freaks actually) that displays the remaining charge percentage and the current voltage. A typical phone will use a Li-Ion battery ...
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Automatically clear cache from scripts

I received a request to implement browser clear cache automatically when a user starts a session. This is the first time I encounter such a odd request. Is clear browser cache for a web application ...
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When to use reversed/mirror arrow cursor?

Is there an established pattern for when to use a reversed (right-pointing) arrow? I most frequently notice it in Outlook on part--but not all--of messages in my inbox: My Google-fu failed at finding ...
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Group of checkboxes and supporting text fields

What is the best way to layout a group of checkboxes and supporting form fields? For instance, in this form the user can select several choices for a report delivery method. Some of the choices ...
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What to do about “occasional” recommendation in a decision support application

I am designing a clinical application which displays a list of potential actions for clinicians to take ranked by their appropriateness to the clinical scenario (i.e., it looks like Google). ...
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Converting two character dates into four character dates

I have an application that converts the following invalid dates, with only two-character years into a valid date format automatically while the user's filling out the form: (NOTE: The application is ...
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How to effectively paginate many objects

We used to have a table interface which showed 1-10 on load and had the pages listed all the way from 2, 3, 4, ... n. We would like to re-design this interface to support scrolling of objects much ...
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How to visually indicate which pieces of information have changed

I work on a warehouse hand-scanner based GUI. It tells a user where to go, and which item to collect when they get there. When they scan the correct item, the screen changes, and indicates the next ...
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Displaying million records in Master Detail Grid (Million in both master detail)

I am facing a design and UX issue while creating a master detail grid in which both master and detail can have over a million rows. The simplest solution would be to enable paging (click) in both ...