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 ! ;)

  • 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? Commented 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.
    Commented 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.' Commented 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.
    Commented 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. Commented Apr 8, 2015 at 9:01

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