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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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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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For me the only reason to avoid the single search (2nd option) would be to have several columns with similar content, thus leading to an inefficient search. If that's not the case I would totally go with the single search: There's only 1 entry point for search, thus less cognitive load. The users only have to think what to search, not where to search ...


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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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Placeholders are not substitutes for labels. Labels are captions which inform visitors what information a particular form field is asking for. Placeholders are bits of example content or hints which provide visitors with visual cues to aid in form completion. Labels appear outside their respective form field, while placeholders appear inside their ...


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Best practice may not apply to a location There may be enough examples (Google Analytics and Podio are two more) that place toggles like this to the top and right of the content to say that it's a conventional location, but I'd argue that the location of controls like this should depend on the specific application and user goals. Examine your motivation ...


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If you're wanting to just follow the norm then top right is pretty typical. I don't recall any specific black and white conventions for this specific thing, but it's typically a good idea to go along the lines of what other large products do. As Devin mentioned, Google Drive keep their grid/row toggle in the top right which is consistent with where Windows ...


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You have a number of options... Widen the listbox and add more columns to it, facilitating more informed item selection. Enlarge the font size to fit the screen space available, easing eye strain. Add a third column to the full screen view and add useful information such as field-level instructions, non-editable fields like record #s and creation dates, ...



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