I am working on an admin interface that manages a dropdown filter located on an advanced search screen that is available for all users.

The admins can exclude options in the Manufacture filter. [See wireframes 1]

default search

If an option is excluded from a filter on the admin manage filter screen, this option will not show in the filter dropdown. A checkbox will appear under that filter. By unchecking it, users can bring the excluded option back to the filter dropdown. [See wireframes 2]

Revised Filter

The problem is how to inform admin users that if an option is unchecked, users will be able to view it by unchecking the checkbox?

Is there a better way to design the admin UI that will show the relationship between the options selected in the admin and the advanced search UI?

1 Answer 1


I would suggest more straightforward description of the options as well as using separate groups in Admin UI:


download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups

  • Good answer and very nice solution. I think the Admin UI is alright with checkboxes too, just needs better wording.
    – Alvaro
    Mar 21, 2017 at 19:05
  • Yes, maybe you are right. I think that one possible solution would be adding a label to the checkboxes column saying "Tick the checkbox to make an option visible by default". Mar 21, 2017 at 19:59

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