I am designing a table that contains a series of items, each item has a series of associated details (name, number, group, etc) that are displayed in several columns; each column has a filter in the header, so that the user can filter and sort the items comfortably, and thus quickly find and select what he/she is looking for.



The table allows multiple selection of items, and then actions can be performed in block to the selected items, through an action panel.

Some stakeholders have thought that it may be useful to add an option through which the selected items appear at the top of the table, in order to have all the selection visually grouped in the same area, and also for example to be able to select items from different pages and at the end of the selection, return to page 1 to see all the selection made.

It seems to me that it can be useful to add this option, but I also think that if it is not well designed it can be confusing, for example, the fact of having to return to page 1 to view all the selected items, and also the behavior of the table if for example a second filtering is performed with a selection made.

Any suggestions?

  • "...select items from different pages..." — How does someone get from one page to another? Commented Feb 13, 2023 at 15:01
  • There is a paginator at the top right (not in the image)
    – Lucio
    Commented Feb 14, 2023 at 13:55

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Add a sort option for the checkbox column:

sort selected



sort checkbox

  • Thank you! That seems to partially solve the problem. But I'm still thinking about what should happen if a filter is applied after a selection has been made. Would it be more natural for the selection to be undone...(losing the selection) or maybe apply the filter keeping the selection, even though some items may no longer be seen, and display a message that there are selected items that are not being displayed due to the filter application?
    – Lucio
    Commented Feb 13, 2023 at 13:59
  • "...apply the filter keeping the selection..." —Yes. Commented Feb 13, 2023 at 15:05
  • Do your stakeholders show they need or wish to know they have selected items that do not fall within the filter they applied? If not, I suggest don't bother with the selected items that are not listed, BUT keep track that they are selected in case someone undoes their filter. Commented Feb 13, 2023 at 15:05
  • Yes, indeed, they would like somehow that the selection is "isolated" from the filter; to continue filtering the rest, to find the rest of items that they need, and that when selecting these, they are added to the list of selected to which to apply the corresponding action. But I don't have very clear how to do it so that it is clear to understand for all the users. I think that some users may find it strange to apply a filter and that some items (the selected ones) are not affected by the filter. What do you think?
    – Lucio
    Commented Feb 14, 2023 at 13:45
  • I thought maybe to add a switcher at the top of the table saying something like: "exclude selection from filters" or something like that, so if it is activated, the selected items are not affected by the filters.
    – Lucio
    Commented Feb 14, 2023 at 13:54

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