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Many desktop applications provide extra close buttons, usually in the bottom right corner of windows or panels. I understand showing extra cancel and stop buttons, but not close.

In many cases, there is an 'X' button in the title bar, which is for closing an application.

Are users really prone to missing that, especially when this pattern has been in existence for years?

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Hard to say without running a test or analyzing a click map. The answer will probably depend on context and application. It is true that patterns that have existed for years are familiar to users and therefore we can expect them to use them without any issues.

However, it is also true that we should provide the most fluid experience and remove barriers whenever possible. So if removing an extra "close" button results in a chunk of users having to interrupt their thought process / taskflow to look for the 'X' button because they couldn't find it the first time where they would expect it to be, than that's adding friction and interrupting their workflow.

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  • I don't really understand your second point. The 'X' button is always in the same standardized location, there really should not be any "looking" for it. I imagine most of the looking would take place in finding the extra close button since it could be in a variable location. Is there a standard location for secondary close buttons that would lead users to develop a consistent expectation of where to find the button or would that be developed on an 'app to app' basis?
    – FrontDeer
    1 hour ago

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