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I was inspired recently by @jeffatwood 's excellent article about The God Login where one would ask: What would God do? Well if God was doing this, there wouldn't even be a selection list - the option the user wants would be right there already - no selection necessary. God already knows which one you want. The drop down is being used for someone to ...


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A drop down is probably not your best option here. To make this task clearly understandable a more suitable UI would be some form of dual list as in the example below: This does not only offer a selection mechanism but also a constant visibility of what has been selected. Update: Given that you have limited manoeuvre around the design i would suggest ...


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Maybe you could separate the dropdown from the 'Group by' label, and align them at the two sides of the available space and - as others have already suggested - make your dropdow look like a dropdown.: This way it spans over the width of the content (so it can serve as a header) while you have a recognizable dropdown. And if it applies: you can introduce ...


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I like that the dropdown spans the whole width of the area it is referring to, and thus serves as a header with a dropdown function. It emphasizes that the selection in the dropdown applies to the whole area. I see why some users may have a hard time recognizing the dropdown as such if they do not notice the arrow on the far right. I see three direct ...


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People are used to click on blue text, especially if it is underlined. In this case you could make 'category' blue (and underlined?). Group by: category That way, even people who don't notice the arrow, may still find it intuitive to click. Alternately, as mentioned just make the dropdown smaller. If you want to signify that it impacts both sides of ...


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Case 1:- Grid with few rows (<10) Show radio buttons always instead of combo(repetition is not a big deal with few rows). Case 2:- Grid with several rows (>10) Show radio buttons on mouseover only(to avoid repetition), otherwise by default show selected action in that column. Combo is not a good choice for following reasons:- Need to click ...


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If the number of selection options (Yes, No & Undecided) are the only ones or to the max if the options increase to 5 the following approach is feasible. Herein you want such a control in a grid and that too for every row wherein numerous other controls and values will be displayed. In such a scenario using a "Drop-down" for the same will be an ideal ...


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I need to make it obvious to the user that it is a dropdown. By making it look like a dropdown. Don't make it so wide. The reason it doesn't look 'clickable' is because it doesn't look like a drop down because it's stretched across the entire width of the screen.


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If your sorting options are not many, since you have a lot of space, consider replacing the drop-down with a radio button.


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You put the drop arrow to the right of the text. People's eyes will scan the text, but may not see the arrow in the peripheral view. So having the arrow next to the text should do it.



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