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I am working on a calendar in the system to be used on a tablet, and have a question:

Calendar with horizontal scrolling

Calendar with Show Next 5 Professionals button

Imagine that you are a store manager and you want to view the calendar (in this case by week) for 2 or more professionals who are working at your store. You might want to see, for example, the calendar for 5 professionals at once in a week. So, my question is: which option is better from a UX perspective to let you see more appointments?

P.S. In this system, we are using pagination for tables, and that is why I think that pagination could be a good option for providing consistency. But there might be stronger arguments for horizontal scrolling.

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If the question is: which option is better from a UX perspective?, the best is to let the user decide which kind of interactivity fits better to his/her way of working offering both options.

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Actually, this type of interactivity doesn't need the inclusion of extra buttons or clarification to the user. In the carousels the forward or backward buttons < > coexist with the horizontal scrolling. The buttons are very useful for desktop and scrolling for smaller screens.

See the carousels at mattel.com

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  • I have no objection to horizontal scrolling per se; however, I strongly dislike the use of horizontal scroll bars, especially with recent UIs, as there seems to be a tendency to make scroll bars when not in use become invisible or shrink to small sizes which are difficult to trigger. – Jeff Zeitlin Feb 10 at 11:37

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