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I have a system which has a dialogue that opens when the user wants to add a particular type of record (which is a list of clients). This dialogue window enables them to search for particular clients and add the specific ones they want. Once they've made their selection they need to click a button that will close the dialogue and pass their selection to the calling window.

However I'm wondering what the best phrasing would be to illustrate this. Currently I have "Add Clients and close' as to say 'You're going to add the clients you've selected to the original window, then close the dialogue'. But then I started thinking that maybe this was a little confusing and perhaps users might be worried it could close the whole program. I'm a little unsure about the ambiguousness of the phrasing.

We're only a small developer company so have no official designer, we do everything ourselves and I've little HCI experience. Is there better way of writing this or am I over-thinking it?

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If your dialogue is titled Client selection or something similar, there is no need to add more info on the button.

I think a button called Validate will do.


@EDIT : Since it's not a validation, try Add client button ! ;)

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  • Validate? But I'm not trying to validate anything I'm merely trying to pass a selection of records from one window to another and close the window. I don't see how this is validation. P.S. I'm adding, not validating. Should I edit to make this more obvious? Apr 8, 2015 at 8:55
  • The user has selected a list of client, he wants to validate his selection to compute it somehow
    – Yohann V.
    Apr 8, 2015 at 8:56
  • I feel this would be even more confusing for the user. In many ways they've validated it themselves; 'I want these guys, here they are, yes they are correct, now I want to add them.' Apr 8, 2015 at 8:58
  • And what is wrong with the Add client without talking about closing? (if you think the closing part is confusing)
    – Yohann V.
    Apr 8, 2015 at 8:59
  • That actually sounds about right :P Simplicity is sometimes best even though the user might be surprised the first time they add and the dialogue closes. But they'll always expect that afterwards. Apr 8, 2015 at 9:01

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