a sequence of dialog options that guides a user through a process such as software installation in discrete steps.

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What are the benefits to software that has no installation wizard?

There are some Windows software packages out there (ie Eclipse, VLC prior to its current version) that do not rely on an installation wizard. Instead of using a wizard there is simply a folder with ...
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Multiscreen Forms (Wizards), the Form's Previous Button, and the Back Button

Scenario: I have a web form split across 3 screens/pages. A user can move between forward and back between the screens via Next and Previous labeled buttons respectively. Question: When the user ...
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Optional steps in wizards

I have a wizard that has optional steps in it. These steps are after all the mandatory steps. The optional steps are not advanced options. Is this a good idea at all? How does one order the ...
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Gallery of form Progress Tracker UIs for web apps? [closed]

I'm building web UI for a "wizard" workflow with 4 sequential steps-- users proceed in order from Step 1 through Step 4. I'd like to include a progress indicator showing the user where in the ...
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Looking for examples of decision tree workflow [closed]

We are going to be allowing our customers to request building permits online. I am thinking of of flowing the customer through a series of questions to make sure they know what information we need and ...
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Wizard for a process that can be exited and re-entered?

We are redesigning a 5 step repetitive process for some web software. Normally for a step-by-step process I would like to use a wizard but to me it implies the process must be complete in one sitting ...
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Any recommendations on dealing with wizard screens with wildly different amounts of content?

I'm facing an issue with a wizard import system. The content of each screen in the wizard varies to the tune of creating white spaces as big as 300px by 300px. A stakeholder thinks this is too much ...
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Swapping between different responses to a form question so that both outcomes can be viewed

I have a site where at one step in the wizard the user has to make a choice between one option or another. Once they've made this choice the form fields and resulting information are specific to that ...
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Should a progress indicator be clickable?

I am developing a 5 step process for a health insurance provider for an international audience. currently this is a display with three states: 1) completed 2) current step 3) future state (greyed out ...
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Wizard steps - how should I label them?

I've built a 3 steps registration wizard because my user must fill in 19 (!) fields. (Its a regulatory issue that can't be argued). I split them steps to 3: 1. Account information 2. General ...
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Which is more important, less mouse distance to travel or visual consistency?

I have an interface that I am currently working on that asks the user to make a choice of a single item. These items are divided into 3 separate categories and the client has insisted that each ...
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Disabling navigation links in a wizard style interface (but not visually), is this an accepted practice?

While doing research for a current software project, I have come across Ford's car builder web application. It has a wizard style navigation across the top, and disables future links until the first 2 ...
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Wizard or Tab ?

When I want to make an input dialog with lots of input field, do I need make the dialog in wizard style or tab style? Any suggestions?
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When creating a GUI wizard, should all pages/tabs be of the same size?

I understand that some libraries would force me to, but my question is general. If I have a set of buttons at the bottom: Back, Next, Cancel?, (other?), then should their location ever change? If the ...
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Breaking down complex processes

I'm currently developing a CMS for a booking agency that puts together multi-day music festivals. Rather than posting news or articles, the bulk of the content being managed are just these festivals ...
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Wizard interaction - which of the following methods serves the user better?

One of the classic wizard formats is as follows: I've also encountered a slightly different version using the master-detail paradigm, where the appropriate step is highlighted on the left: If ...
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Multi step form vs single complex form

For a website that sells things, it's often needed to fill in a lot of information. When it comes to these types of forms you want the user to complete which one is the best? A single form with all ...
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Complex Purchase Order Forms - do you have any advice or good references?

Let's say you need to design a purchase order form that is more complex than "usual" and has multiple elements affecting the final price: Choose between several tracks (e.g. Basic, Standard, ...
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What can be done to make a long, multi-step wizard more user-friendly?

I need to create a wizard which has numerous sections, each with multiple questions. How can I improve the experience for the end-user?