I have got a list of 50-80 items that I need to be visualized in a useful way. The list is sorted in alphabetic order.

The items will be draggable to a graph on its right, like so:

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I’m thinking there should be a search field as well to make it easier for the user to find what he/she is looking for, but still, a plain list of 80 items it not very to use. Unfortunately there is no way to categorize or group the items.

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The idea of including a search to filter the list of items is a good one. Below is an example taken from Google Analytics. The tooltip is a nice touch in the event your users need help setting up the report.

You will likely want to indicate (by color or other indication) which items have already been selected.

example field selector


You may try the following :

  • Since you cannot create meaningful categories, you can create arbitrary categories i.e. alphanumeric : A-D, E-K etc.
  • Display the 5 most frequently used in a separate list
  • The search you are thinking is a very good idea

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