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We're looking for a way to cut down on pogosticking - users popping back and forth between a summary view and various detail views. One pattern we're experimenting with is pager arrows, for when users just want to page through each location's view, complete a task, and move on to the next location.

At the same time, the user might know which location they want to view next, and a dropdown list of all locations would be useful.

Baseball Cards, etc. Cleveland Location dropdown menu with arrows to browse to next location

I haven't seen this pattern before, but it would be nice to have something compact. A left-hand nav would be ideal but we don't have room (the view uses wide, heavy data tables.)

Is there a pattern that would accomplish something similar to this, that might have more user familiarity?

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  • Would a collapsable navbar be an option?
    – Tot Zam
    May 11, 2020 at 23:50
  • How many views are there (summary + detail views)? Asking since the number of such views can have a different impact on the experience May 11, 2020 at 23:55
  • Also, are the tasks sequential? Or they can be completed by a user as they please? May 11, 2020 at 23:56
  • @TotZam There could be 100 items, so it would have to be vertical, and I'm not sure we have room. Sorry.
    – Izquierdo
    May 12, 2020 at 15:30
  • @harshikerfuffle Any number -- think of these as store locations. We have cases of 1, 3, 15 and 100 locations per account. The tasks are not sequential.
    – Izquierdo
    May 12, 2020 at 15:31

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I have a suggestion. Since the list of store locations is super long, but can be filtered by location, the form filling page can have a filter based search bar - location based filter to search the store names. Here is a the flow and logic:

  1. A check mark appears next to the store name in the dropdown if the form has been filled.
  2. If a user just starts searching without picking a location, search is performed on all items, something like the Amazon search bar.

Amazon filter based search

  1. The search bar has suggestions in the dropdown and there is an option to open a big list/ table of all stores which has 3 columns.

STORE NAME | LOCATION | FORM FILLED OR NOT

Here is what the experience could look like: multiple filters and a form

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  • That's interesting, and I think it could be useful for another problem we're solving in the system.
    – Izquierdo
    May 13, 2020 at 20:42

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