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I have this list of folders:

enter image description here

The dots open a action menu for every folder.

Users always have two complains:

  1. They want the dot-menu besides the currently opened folder, because they want to do actions on it.
  2. They don't want the dot-menu besides the currently opened folder, because they hit the dot-menu accidentally when pressing the back-arrow.

I always try to explain, that the back-arrow has the same function as the whole folder image and text, but they still want to press the tiny back-arrow.

In the image I removed the menu besides the arrow, but as I said, the complains about the missing menu started.

How can I get both, a back function that doesn't lead people to open the menu and a consistent menu button placement that looks like the others?

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Why don't you do something like this:

overflow menu to the right

It's pretty standard:

Jira Google Docs

And that way your users won't accidentally click the wrong button. With your zebra stripes it should be pretty easy to see which button matches which folder.

  • This is on a tablet and I wanted to have the buttons near the thumbs of the user – K.. Nov 28 '17 at 15:13
  • @K.. This is not a valid argument, because your users say that they hit the dot-menu accidentally when pressing the back-arrow. Why on the tablet do you want users to be able to access it with the thumb? This is not a phone – Dimitra Miha Nov 28 '17 at 15:36
  • Because if I do it like you suggest, the menu buttons would be right in the middle of the screen. In landscape mode this is especially cumbersome. – K.. Nov 28 '17 at 15:37
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    Show a screenshot of the entire thing and you will probably get better answers. – Mattias Bregnballe Nov 28 '17 at 15:51

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