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In Illustrator and Balsamiq (i know, they are not scientific tools) the clone action is Ctrl+D (on Win, on Mac it's Cmd+D). While in Illustrator it's actually "repeat transformation". But you can use it for sort of "cloning". D can stand for "duplicate". So probably instead of labeling the action "clone", you could label it "duplicate" and put Ctrl+D as ...


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If the question is taken at face value, i.e. strictly a choice between the →/↓ arrows or the +/- signs, then I suggest using arrows. Arrows denote the direction and a sense of movement to another place or view. +/- signs could be construed as meaning add / remove. For example it looks like I can add a manufacturer, or add an Extra item. While, the minus ...


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There are multiple ways to approach your problem. But first of all, I'll give advice that cannot be given often enough: Get rid of clutter first. Especially in a "data intensive" environment. The rule of thumb here is: If you have more than about 7 columns you're doing it wrong. Look at every column, find out if you actually need it and come up with ...


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Constraints The root of your problem is that your system involves 3 states, two of which has functionality constraints (the non-manual sorts). As such, your task is to convey the constraints to the user in an optimal way. One (of many non-optimal) options I can think of is to have drag handles that will be greyed out in non-manual sort. But this requires ...


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UPDATE: Tog already replied to a similar question at Ask Tog. I agree with JonW. Although this might seem redundant, it supports browsing and searching in a graceful way, without getting in the way. Another interesting side effect is that it provides a better way to browse than an scroll bar would. Instead of having to scroll until you find a visual cue ...


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Choose the layout that suits the type of content you’re displaying. A list style layout is for the seated because users' actions tend to be very singular in purpose. They've come to your site to do one thing: browse or read. Present them with content in a standard way and let them just get lost in it. On the other hand, grid view is for the ...


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I agree with Evil Closet Monkey with the dangers of such a function. Yet sometimes, if you have an enterprise application or a shopping cart, one might identify this need of "delete all" "save all" etc... I would suggest that you have those actions tied down to one option that will ask you again and again if you are sure to perform that :) So, in stead of ...


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I have reservations about "answer"ing this, since as user @Izhaki points out, it depends so much on the context - one cannot really say what looks best without seeing.. anything. That said - I would suggest that any more than 7 is starting to become untidy. How do I arrive at that number? I recall that on average people can perceive 7 distinct entities, ...


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I cannot give a comprehensive answer, but there is one very important case where the table is superior. Sometimes we have lots of equally structured items (that's an important precondition!) and need to display lots of information about an item in an UI which supports multiple tasks (or multiple scenarios of the same task), but only one piece is relevant ...


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1) One important aspect is that a tile layout makes it easier to analyse the items one by one (a) while a table makes it easier to compare the items (b): a) The power of getting all the data around one content item in one separated layout item is not to be underestimated. The analogy between the two entities makes it a lot easier to focus on in and make a ...


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Searching is only practical with a large number of contacts. Scrolling is more practical with a small number of contacts. To facilitate the middle ground where you might only have a small number of contacts, but too many to look at each name to figure out which letter you're on there's this rolodex style annotated scrollbar.



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