so I am working on a device management system and to add a new device to a group you must input some info into a form. Some items, you must click a check box in order to enable the dropdown, while some items you cant edit no matter what, but the information must still be present.

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As you can see, what you enable "data encrypt", the dropdown is enabled and you can select from the list, while under VNET addr/len, you cannot enable those forms no matter what, but I still need the information available for the user to see. Now, I dont want the users to assume that there is a way to enable the VNET Addr boxes, but I cant think of a way to visually show that information without having a greyed out box. This creates confusion since the user may try clicking around to enable those boxes. Any tips on how to display this data?

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Make the non-editable items display as text or numbers, with no disabled-like signifiers.

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If I understand your question, it looks like you have a visual treatment that doesn't differentiate in a form between editable (but disabled) items vs. uneditable items. Treating them as data in display mode can provide some differentiation.

  • Yes, this is exactly what I was looking for! Thank you!
    – Gene Lee
    Sep 2, 2022 at 18:06

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