I am working on a website that has paged search results. At the top of each page, I am showing where the user is in the set of pages, using the typical "Showing X - Y of Z results" language (with an edge case for a single page).

For the sake of this question, let's assume that my particular search has 16 results, and I am showing 5 per page.

Therefore the page headings will have

  • Page 1 => Showing 1-5 of 16 results.
  • Page 2 => Showing 6-10 of 16 results.
  • Page 3 => Showing 11-15 of 16 results.
  • Page 4 => Showing 16-16 of 16 results.

Snap. That last page heading is pretty bad.

I am contemplating using

  • Showing last of 16 results.

or perhaps

  • Showing 16 of 16 results.

but neither of these are sitting well.

Is there a common, well-worn wording for this situation? I have not come across one, and have been unable to contrive paged results on various sites to see what is in use.

  • I'd mimic Google
    – Alex
    Mar 27 '14 at 11:01

I would go with:

Showing 16 of 16 results.

Remember, the purpose of the label is to help the user. They don't care that it is tied to a paging control, so don't fall into the trap of thinking that you have to phrase the label within the context of a paging control.

If there are not enough results to trigger paging, then the line above tells the user "Don't worry everything you see is all there is."

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