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Why did Windows add a pointer trail feature?

So Windows has had, for a while now, a pointer trail feature under the visibility section. But that's something I don't understand. The pointer trail itself is extremely annoying, and seems to me ...
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6answers
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Infinite scroll vs Pagination in E-commerce websites

Infinite scroll has been around for a while now, however I have not seen infinite scroll being implemented on any successful or well known e-commerce sites. Does anyone know of any e-commerce sites ...
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Should checkbox labels be to the right or the left?

I've got some checkboxes with text values of varying lengths (from say 5 characters up to about 60) - which is the preferred layout? Value to the left and checkbox to the right, or vice versa?
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Intuitive interface for Composing Boolean Logic?

I'm interested to know how people have, or would construct an interface which simplifies constructing logical boolean conditions? (Yes, it's a database query builder) In my mind a bad interface has ...
57
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7answers
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Why are clients afraid of empty space?

At first everybody agrees about the simplification need and the "less is more" theory. But when it comes to design, they are uncomfortable to see a minimalist page and want it to be filled with ...
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3answers
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Why do some websites (including Google) trim whitespaces in passwords?

I have just noticed that Google as well as some other sites trims the whitespaces in the password. I can successfully sign into my google account even if I add extra spaces in the end of my password. ...
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Alternative reward levels to “Gold, Silver, Bronze”?

I am looking for an easily identifiable awarding scheme, but without using metals, specifically "Gold, Silver, Bronze". Does such a thing exist?
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11answers
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Why did Microsoft choose the word “Recycle Bin”?

If you delete something in Windows OS, it will go to Recycle bin. But if you think about it nothing recycles in it right? Say, you delete a virus infected file and again restore it from recycle bin ...
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7answers
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Why should text be non-selectable?

I've seen some websites that make their text unselectable. And I believe that this can break up user experience, as "selectable text" is a well established ui pattern on web and computer in general. ...
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10answers
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Is clockwise or counter-clockwise rotated text easier to read?

When rotating text with css, should it be rotated clockwise or counter-clockwise? Is one more readable than the other? Counter Clockwise:     —    ...
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8answers
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Merging firstname/last name into one field

I am entertaining the notion of a single field for name entry on our scheduling web app. I think this is an excellent case for a "forgiving format" to make it easy to enter their names quickly. I ...
56
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12answers
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Make people understand they can click on a button in a flat design

I'm creating a flat-ish responsive website, which basically is an online résumé. I'm displaying skills (but it could be whatever) in a grid system. Each skill is clickable, to display some ...
56
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12answers
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Should a web-based UI rely on the browser back button?

The back button is a great "get out of a flow's dead end" option that browsers provide. Should a UI rely on the back button as the only method to allow a user to get to the previous page or should the ...
56
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9answers
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Should a button become lighter or darker on hover?

We're having a discussion in the office about whether a button should become lighter or darker when a user hovers over it. Here are some examples from the field: Apple "Buy Now" button (Second is ...
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12answers
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Why did early telephones use a rotary dial instead of 10 individual buttons?

I was watching a video of little kids trying to figure out how to use a rotary phone, and it was not immediately clear to any of them how the rotary mechanism was supposed to work. That got me ...
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17answers
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Adding USA at the top of dropdown list of countries. OK practice or not?

Some web sites have a country dropdownlist where USA and Canada are listed at the top of the list (as well in their normal positions). I read once that this was insulting to non US/Canada users. The ...
55
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11answers
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Submit and Reset button, what's the best order?

In a form with a Submit and a Reset button and the end, what's the best order for the user experience ? Submit first ? Or Reset first ?
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12answers
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Why is the input field always at the bottom of a chat window?

It seems like the input field for writing your messages in a chat application is always placed at the bottom of the conversation. Do we have any argument for this seen in a UX perspective?
55
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13answers
69k views

Common screen resolution?

I'm developing a web application which is quite information heavy. This means that every pixel available in the screen for display helps a lot, to avoid the UI looking too cluttered and to display ...
55
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8answers
6k views

As a programmer, how do I move into User Experience Design?

I've been a developer for over 6 years, mainly working in the web context, and generally distributed applications, services, and also front-facing apps. I got into programming originally through ...
55
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8answers
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When should hyperlinks be underlined?

Have you noticed that more and more websites have removed underlines from hyperlinks? For example, the current beta test of Google doesn't have underlines on the search results. Google, along with ...
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7answers
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When is a website too humanized/personal?

A popular technique to attract customers and instil trust in them is to “humanize” your website. You want to make it appear that there are actually people behind the users’ screens and that those ...
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6answers
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How to make a map obviously clickable?

Location based Q&A I am developing a location-based Q&A app. The main screen of the app features a map with a search box above it. When the user chooses a location, the "ask" button at the ...
54
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13answers
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Personal information in messages

Is it good to add some personal information (name, username or other) in success or error messages?
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17answers
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What are some compelling reasons to disallow spaces in usernames?

I'm a developer. Our UX guy is asking us to allow spaces in usernames. The caveat is that they should be allowed anywhere. So entering the username 'JohnDoe' is the same as 'John Doe' is the same as ...
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12answers
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Preventing users from closing browser tab. Bad idea?

I have a customer who wants to add one of those annoying JavaScript alerts that prevent users from closing a browser tab to make them a discount offer. You know, something like: "are you sure you ...
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10answers
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Is a cancel button necessary in a web form?

Personally I have never used it. I don't put information in a form and then decide everything needs to be cleared. I would edit one field. Plus cancel in a UI suggests canceling an action which is in ...
54
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7answers
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Responsive Web Design - what should happen when the mobile device is rotated?

Currently, the standard behaviour for viewing web pages on a mobile is that: If viewed in portrait the text is smaller because the width of the device is small and the whole page width needs to fit ...
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10answers
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Should users be forced into a responsive design (without the ability to opt out)?

There is nothing worse than getting automatically redirected to a mobile version of a site, and not having (or not easily finding) a "view normal site" link. It's not just that the mobile site is a ...
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Refusing a user permission to click a URL

I've been asked to work on a system message on an intranet where by there are various URLs (linking to lists of content) that have permission rights attached to them, so only certain users have access ...
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13answers
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How can I guard against users accidentally sending emails without attachments?

I often dash off emails to people and still I forget attachments. I am using an email client which does keyword sniffing, e.g. if I type 'attachment' or similar it will pop up a warning, but more ...
52
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9answers
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What is the best font for extremely limited space, i.e. will fit the most READABLE text in the smallest space?

I often have very limited space when creating reports and dashboards for users. I usually use Arial, or Arial Narrow, but UI isn't my area of expertise, so I want to know, is there an optimal font for ...
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10answers
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How to make a progress-speed bar more understandable?

I've just installed Windows 8 and noticed the brand new File copying dialog. When expanded, it shows the progress and the current transfer speed in one graph. However, the graph confuses me greatly. ...
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8answers
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Regular pagination vs. infinite scroll

I'm currently making a dating site, my choice for pagination is between the traditional: [<< Prev] [1] [2] [3] [Next >>] vs [ Load More ] The 2nd is the "load more" bar or button ...
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7answers
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How should you show that an accordion is expanded?

When you have an accordion, you need some way of showing the current state is expanded. There are a number of different ways of handling this, and each is used by a number of respected websites and ...
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12answers
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Deletion: Confirm or Undo? Which is the better option and why?

Which one is the better option and why? Delete with Confirmation [The action cannot be undone] or Delete with one click [And provide option to Undo]
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8answers
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Why doesn't the space bar have anything written on it?

All the key on the keyboard have something written on them which more or less describes their functionality, except for, traditionally, the Space bar. Why don't the majority of keyboard space bar ...
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8answers
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“Do Not Disturb” tags in hotels, how can they be improved?

We've seen keys being replaced by key cards, new LCD TVs, WiFi and LAN in each room but the one thing that doesn't seem to have changed is the "Do Not Disturb" tag that can be hung on the doorknob ...
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8answers
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Should I fill empty space in bars?

It's about bar-charts in a table. Every row has a bar, which visualises a value of the row. The biggest value of the whole table is the maximum of the bars and not necessarily on the same ...
50
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10answers
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Does it make sense to authenticate a user when he/she provides existing valid credentials while registering?

Someone came up with this proposed behavior recently and I haven't been able to find examples of services working the same way. I have to say I don't really like it, but can't put my finger on a ...
50
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14answers
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Should a progressbar go both ways?

I'm developing a long-running algorithm and want to give my users an idea of what is the current state of the calculation. I thought of adding a progress bar indicating the percentage of all the ...
50
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7answers
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Should modal dialogs be movable?

We use modal dialogs in a web application for actions that require the users to take an action, like log in or configure something before being able to proceed. We fixed a few layout issues and now ...
50
votes
11answers
5k views

When a button contains text and an icon, which should come first?

Assuming I'm optimizing for making it as fast and easy as possible for most users to find the button they need, what's the optimal ordering?
50
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5answers
6k views

Why is blue used as a background color to indicate no signal?

To my knowledge most projectors' "No Signal" screen uses a blue background: This might also apply to the legendary Blue Screen of Death So why is blue the color of choice for such error ...
50
votes
8answers
22k views

Is there any alternative UI for tree structure?

Is there any other better UI feature for tree structure to reduce the multilevel nodes.
50
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8answers
11k views

Is there a problem with using black text on white backgrounds?

Why do a lot of websites use a text color other than #000000 black when the background is white? For instance, this text will be displayed using a dark grey: .post-text { color: #333; } Have ...
50
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6answers
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Don't hide or disable menu items?

In 2008, Joel Spolsky wrote: A long time ago, it became fashionable, even recommended, to disable menu items when they could not be used. Don't do this. Users see the disabled menu item ...
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15answers
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Why don’t we remove door handles and let doors open both ways (inwards, outwards)?

In browsing the site today, I came across a question about doors somewhat related to something I’ve been wondering for a LONG LONG time: Why don’t we remove all door handles and let doors open both ...
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7answers
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Synonym for 'GUI' for non-technical people?

Does anyone know a good synonym for 'GUI' that non-technical people will understand? Or a simple sentence explaining it that still won't scare them off? I mean this in the context of, for example, ...
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9answers
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Do non-technical/non-web savvy users understand the concept of tags?

Here at Stack Exchange we're currently wrestling with weaknesses in our tags system. As we open up new verticals – some of which include very non-technical users like cooking – we suspect that the ...

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