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It depends on the layout of all controls that you are using in your interface design. Visually, second option looks better, but then you need yo design all of your controls in this style.


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From a visual design perspective - style 2 is better as it involves less visual noise, yet it gives all the necessary clues (that a popup will show). Note though, that if this control is a typeahead (a text input field where users can actually enter text), there is a strong argument not to show the arrow at all - in traditional comboboxes it serves to ...


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Neither is objectively preferable to the other, there are too many factors at play. For example, the answer to this question would be different if asked six years ago, and it will likely be different six years from now. The answer is also affected by where you're using this control -- is it an embedded control in a spreadsheet? In a desktop application? In a ...


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This would be a good AB test! It boils down to these two things in my opinion : The first and more native drop down box is most likely more familiar to the user as the drop down arrow is clearly within a call to action box ie. it is framed within a clear clickable area. Therefore this is technically more usable. However the second option is not only the ...


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You could do something like this with a multiple selection + filter to search in your list.



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