We have a page of filtered results, and in the sidebar the user can choose which values to filter by.

We usually use check boxes, so a user can tick an item to select to filter by a value or it or leave it unchecked to ignore it.

We need to add to this functionality a way to exclude each value.

The app must be tablet accessible so this rules out things like shift+click or right click.

How would you go about this? Primarily, we'd like to not reinvent the wheel if there is a common way to perform this action.

Things we're considering are

  • radio buttons next to every value for the three options (very cluttered, even when no options are selected)
  • 3-way "switch" element next to each one (not necessarily an intuitive piece of UI)

Here is the current setup (no option to exclude)

Current filters

Clarification on the select / ignore / exclude

Exclude is default behaviour. If I had the products:

red apple
green apple

I'd like a filter that says "Red".

If it is unchecked, the red value is Ignored from the filtering logic, and the product list would still show me both products.

If I Selected the red value, it would show just the red apple.

If I excluded the red value, it would show me just the green apple.

  • Can you please explain the difference between exclude and ignore. Commented Mar 29, 2019 at 10:51
  • @AntonMircea Hi Anton, I've added some more details. Thanks!
    – Djave
    Commented Mar 29, 2019 at 11:52

2 Answers 2


You radiobuttons can be stylized to looks like tags. This approach is common for mobile apps.

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  • Thanks Sergey, it is a good idea. My main issue is that I will have hundreds of filters, so the idea of adding sections like this is a bit daunting. Certainly an idea I will consider.
    – Djave
    Commented Mar 29, 2019 at 11:53

Here's a suggestion for your filtering logic.

You have 3 options:

Exclude item ('excluded' checkbox selected)

Show only item ('show only' checkbox selected)

Show all items (no checkbox selected)

  • 'Show only' and 'exclude' checkbox are mutually exclusive.

You can view a working prototype here: https://qyt3if.axshare.com/

Hope this helps.

suggestion for filter

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