I'm currently designing a step-by-step wizard, where the interface tells the user which section of the wizard he/she is visiting, using Progress Trackers, like the image below.

The user can navigate through each Step, back and forward and also jump between Steps that are already complete (ex: on Step 3, jump to Step 1)

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Now the challenge is that those steps have sub-steps inside, for example, for the user to complete the Step 3, he/she needs to fill four sub-steps that are related with that Step 3, like this:

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My question is...

Having Progress Tracker with 2 levels, which the user can navigate through, is a flow that is familiar for the user? If so, is there any usability issue that I should be aware of?


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I don't think it is a familiar flow, but it can work.

There are a few points.

  • Make sure your hierarchy between main steps and sub steps is very clear. Users must not think there are more steps than there really are.
  • Also make sure there's a clear difference between a completed and an in progress step (like your image already has).

The above mentioned points could look something like this.

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Another solution might be to make the substeps part of the main steps using a progress bar. See image below.

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Users don't really care about discrete progress

Rather than showing sub-steps that tell the user exactly which one they're on, I'd recommend implementing a progress bar on each section of the wizard. I'm envisioning the Step 1 box with a progress bar immediately below it or within it (maybe as a background?).

This sacrifices letting users know the exact number of actions they need to take, but in some cases, I would argue that this is better as it seems like fewer steps are necessary.

  • Ok, I just added to the question that the user can jump between steps (check 2nd paragraph). I believe this will important to share since the Steps, although indicate progress, also serve as "shortcut" to jump between steps Commented Apr 20, 2017 at 13:23

It is not something that I have seen before, but I think it could work. As a suggestion, consider if you can have left and top navigation, especially when they are too many sub-steps. I think this is model that more people are used to it.

Something like the following images:

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    This is very confusing. There is no association to what is on the left and what's on the top.
    – UXerUIer
    Commented Apr 20, 2017 at 14:53
  • @Majo0od Thanks for your comment. What about if I place the steps on top and the substeps on the left? Is it more clear now? all ideas for improvement are more than welcome Commented Apr 20, 2017 at 15:04

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