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The UX answer for this would be that a user action should be mapped to only one function; otherwise things can get confusing, the function can be ambiguous, and the result of the action can be unpredictable. If I take your proposal, how would you explain such behaviour in a manual? You'll have ifs and thens and you introduce logical complexity. ...


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I see that those file types can be classified as text or image files, so it'd be recommended to offer the option to select all the files of one type just with a click. Also it provides better organization (even better if you order them by most used or alphabetically). If the user wants to select by file type, the max amount of clicks needed is 1 so it ...


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I think a cheap way to make it clear is to add a small, gray text next to 'identity' stating 'multiple selection' or something like that. It can also be stated within the dropdown. Or add checkboxes for options within the dropdown of 'Identity'.


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Maybe you could combine the pin with a checkbox and give the pin two clearly distinguishable states (checked, unchecked and maybe differentiate with a colour too, see image). This allows the user to make a selection of different locations/items in one view. It should be clear what can be done with the selected items and I suppose there is a button somewhere ...


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@chris has the right idea. I prefer the 2nd option but with stacked radio options so there is no confusion over which button applies to which label. It also more clearly makes each filter step look self-contained.


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Do they need to be so wide or just one row? Would it help if it were more like this: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups Alternatively you could have all the items in a drop down?


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Sorry this is only crude...but just separate out the different filters with a vertical rule. The first ones and can then be the radio either-or combo you're after with the next section clearly being an individual option. download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups Another way would be like this: download bmml source ...


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Check box lists would be the answer; based on Microsoft guideline for desktop app which you could use it for web app somehow: Standard multiple-selection lists have exactly the same appearance as single-selection lists, so there is no visual clue that a list box supports multiple selection. Because users have to discover this ability, this list pattern is ...



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