I have 5 segments to choose from when browsing galleries. I want users to be able to browse more than one segment at a time.

The obvious choice is to have a filter under the nav with 5 check boxes.

What other UI options exist? Check boxes are ugly. I've tried a list in the sidebar and bolding the segments that are active but I don't find it to be apparent enough.

  • you could add one or more simple arrow shapes pointing to your selected sidebar list - much the same as ux stack exchange has an arrow pointing to [ questions / tags / users / badges / unanswered ] Apr 26, 2012 at 15:51

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I think chosen could be useful for you. You are interested in the second example on the page if I understood your requirements correctly.

  • I really like the last example on that page, good find.
    – GotDibbs
    Apr 26, 2012 at 15:28
  • I've seen this one. While it's great for a sub-nav filter, it doesn't fit well in a sidebar where a list fits best.
    – surpr
    Apr 26, 2012 at 15:31
  • Great find! I was going to post a new question but this one fits the bill. Is there a way to customize it to fit only on one line?
    – Pdxd
    Jul 15, 2014 at 14:08

Another couple of options would be toggle buttons or flip switches. Here's a few examples:




If I have understand, maybe, you can need something like that ?


  • no because I need to select more than one category at the same time
    – surpr
    Apr 26, 2012 at 16:32

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