On one tab I have (let’s say) 3 form fields — with label and text input. On another tab there are a bit more forms. Is it OK if the window resizes based on the forms it has?


Form window resize example Or, is it better if the first window would be the height and width of the largest window of all tabs (if I were to add more)?

What is the best practice, or what is the most common solution to this?

NOTE: this is for desktops.

  • Is this for a desktop app which might have a custom size window? Or a website?
    – Alvaro
    Commented Nov 17, 2016 at 16:12
  • For a desktop, window resizes are not very intuitive. That woud throw off the user a bit, and he might need a few seconds to recalibrate. I would prefer the constant window size option. Fit/Resize the elements in the smaller screen to fit the bigger screen size Commented Nov 18, 2016 at 6:14

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I can only speak from my own personal experience: on desktop I often arrange my windows' sizes and positions using nView or [insert generic window manager] depending on the combination of applications I am working with.

An application that would resize itself based its content, would likely interfere with window management workflows. As an end-user, I would rather the application start with its 'biggest' reasonable size (Form 2), and instead display the content from Form 1 in a way that it looks nice even with the screen size presented in Form 2.

This leaves the freedom of controlling the window size to the user, and contributes to a consistent and predictable experience in terms of window management - a central aspect of the desktop experience.

  • This is what i am trying to figure out. If form is little and input is not more than 100 chars, i wouldn´t put form one below another and resize the form to full width. But i do agree on starting with window line on Form 2 for content Form 1 has and not resizing based on content. Makes sence Commented Nov 18, 2016 at 8:49

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