Any ideas on whether filters should be on the left or right of a table? What about search?

They both narrow down the contents of what's in the table.

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If the table is the only element displayed on the page, filters should be in a right or left column. and for tablet/mobile, just above the page title.enter image description here

  • upvoted! how should this work, should this filter rows inside the table or should this load a dropdown with filtered options clicking which takes you to a new page
    – PirateApp
    Dec 28, 2018 at 15:18

I'd put them at the right if you must choose. Unless you really need to filter your data to make sense of it, I'd tuck it out of the left-gutter view most people scan with.

I've also has some really interesting usability sessions that suggest filters/search are confusing for non-techy people whom may rather just scroll. This all depends on the size of your list and target audience, but I highly suggest testing your design against users.

Another thought is to de-emphasize the sort/filters/search until needed and then perhaps on hover making them more prominent.

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