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I have been asked to come up with a solution for displaying 50+ columns that were previously viewed in excel and now need to be brought to the desktop application UI. Mobile version is out of scope.

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    Can you expand on this? What are the problems? What's wrong with just replicating like-for-like on the application? We need more information here about what the actual problem is that you need help with. – JonW Feb 4 '16 at 13:47
  • Is the issue trying to display ALL 50+ columns on the screen? Or do you want to know the best method for letting the user know there are additional columns off the screen? – bfritz Feb 4 '16 at 17:18
  • Hi all...thanks for the quick reply and here is some more info. Because this data was previously viewed in excel, the user has a minimum expectation to have a decent span of large columns of data at low zoom. So essentially my question is around displaying as much as possible at a time...I know there are several options around displaying columns as a group, etc. Any further ideas? – Indranil Feb 5 '16 at 15:26
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Consider the following:

  • Identify the columns that would likely to show first
  • Add big arrow at the right page (center of the page not at the bottom corner) '>', when user clicks - show remained columns
  • Freeze 1st or few left columns to get connect information with other columns when user click '>'
  • Add link / button at the bottom of the cell text if you find too much content not to be shown at first. By clicking the link / button can expand to reveal the remaining content of the cell.
  • Include truncated text if its understandable to reduce space
  • Keep in mind that, clicking big '>' should not be replaced the page, it should just replace the table content
  • Make sure, user will never lose the connectivity / continuity between the columns

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