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An action is a method or process by which something is achieved by a user. Actions are usually associated with controls, which allow the user to complete an action by operating the control. Examples of actions include interactions such as clicking, swiping or dragging, or more complex processes like ...

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Generic “get in touch” icon [closed]

I usually use the phone call icons, or email, sms, and so on. But in my case we found the need for a generic "get in touch" icon, which will lead to either email, or phonecall, or sms, depending on ...
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Synonym for action of filling out a form

I can't believe I'm essentially begging Stack Exchange to find a synonym, but I'm stumped. I've tried every thesaurus and synonym dictionary. So, the Customer Service Representative (CSR) has created ...
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Should I have a disabled button or no button at all, if the user doesn't have sufficient privileges for the action?

I would like advice on whether a disabled button is better than no button for a certain UI. Basically, the regular (experienced) users can either comment on an issue or close it; the users with ...
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Email client: why is the “Send” button always next to the other buttons? [closed]

In the vast majority of email clients I've seen (Outlook, but also Web mails like outlook.com or GMail), the "Send" button is always next to danger zone where the user often clicks. The worst example ...
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Primary and secondary action on a give up modal

I have to put a give up modal when the user clicks the button to quit the form because I have a large form and the user can click on the give up button unintentionally. What is my primary action and ...
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Material Design the correct way to work with primary and secondary action in this case

Today I've got a question about the correct way to use material design in a "UX way" and in a particular case. I'm working on a desktop interface with a sidebar on the left that control main focus ...
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Ask Permissions on a button or icon with tool tip [closed]

I looking a link for icon and text for request access. Please share how i can make this UI better. Should i use just a simple button with text "Ask Permissions" or simply a lock icon with tooltip "Ask ...
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When's the right time to use a lock icon on a button?

A little background on the question: I've recently come across an instance where a user is submitting a form to check their status on something. I've used lock icons on buttons for shopping purchase ...
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Is it acceptable to place an action button on a tab bar?

Consider a two tabbed view, in this case tasks and participants, whereby in the task view you are able to view cards of the tasks. Within these Task cards you are able to edit the content and assign ...
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Can a dialog have more than two actions in material design?

Is it a good practice to have more than two actions in a dialog box? Please find the image attached. Thanks
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Is it a bad practice to hide small blocks of content under a “see more” link/button?

I'm designing a page where there's a columnar list of shops and a small description for each of these shops. The client asked us to include logos and to hide the description with an arrow pointing ...
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Undo is “done” or “undone”?

After you click "undo" the action is either completed immediately or you see the percentage that shows the progress. I'm interested in the second case. As it might take some time to complete this ...
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Creating a new row above or below a selected table row

I have a form where users need to be able to insert new rows at any position in a table. Currently this is done by: 1) Click the row to insert a new row above or below 2) Select from a pulldown ...
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Number of (atomic) actions to perform a task

In all the tools I'm coding, I'm searching the least number of atomic actions to perform a task. After decades, I came to this empirical conclusion: I noticed that my likelihood/probability to use ...
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What order should a dialog boxes options appear in? [duplicate]

With dialog boxes, I find that you usually have two options: "Cancel", "disagree", "No, go back" - an option to close the dialog box without performing an action. "Agree", "Yes, I'm sure" - an option ...
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Is it excessive to say “Are you sure you want to…”?

The situation: In our application there're several actions once done that will cause the data loss or won't be able to be undone. So, we ask users whether they are sure of what they are doing before ...
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Displaying actions for item lists

I have a tablet based application, that shows folders and files. I did it a bit like Dropbox did. Left view a list of the folders in the current "opened" folder, right view the a list of files in the ...
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Best UI behavior for done actions in a list [closed]

I'm developing a task app that has a dashboard task list. The user can change a task's status to done. What is the best solution for the done state? Replicate a real to-do list behavior using the "...
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Action Overflow VS. Command Menus for primary and secondary actions on a datatable

I'm currently researching what are the best practices for handling a lot of actions on a data table. The two that I'm familiar with are grouping actions together in a command menu, using the action ...
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How to visually differentiate action toolbar buttons from toggle ones?

Toolbars generally have two types of buttons: Buttons that execute an action when user presses them. E.g., a file manager opens a separate command shell window. Buttons that switch application mode. ...
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Best way consistent with Material Design spec to allow user to access multiple supplementary actions for items in a list?

Material Design spec for the List Component states: "Repeating actions Avoid displaying a repeated supplemental action in tiles, such as a share action in every tile. Toggles, such as ...
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How to differentiate between two types of status changes?

We have several rows of data (in a CMS) that change in status. There are two types of status changes: type 1 requires action from Admin but type 2 doesn't. My issue is differentiating between the two ...
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DataGrid: unselect or open details on second row click?

In a datagrid, selecting a row with a single click enables two buttons: delete & open details. Currently, a second click on an already selected row unselects that row. I usually prefer enabling ...
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Selecting new status vs. Triggering status change?

I'm designing the control panel of a booking app. Guests will be able to enter some reservations, that the host will have to confirm or reject. A reservation can be in one of these stages: Pending ...
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How to make an actionable item so clear that it's unmissable?

We have a CMS / web app that takes in repair issues sent by customer. We also have an app for the customer and an app for the technician. In a normal flow, the technician will directly receive the ...
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Circled plus as both Open and Add/Create?

Is it a big problem in the UI, if "plus in a circle" is used for both Open and Create on the same web-application page (circled plus is mostly accompanied with the descriptive text)? If it is, what ...
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Do people recognize the 'Download On The App Store' badge as a tappable button?

I have a website for an iOS app that has a button that opens the App Store. My question is, do users automatically recognize Apple's badge as a tappable button, or would it be better to use a custom ...
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Flag or report?

When should you use flag or report, or is there a reason to always use one or the other? In my current situation I will be using icons, let's say these two: But if there are only studies based on ...
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How to add action buttons to subsections of long lists

When having a potentially long list with different subsections (in this case - Augmented and Unaugmented Targets) how can you add action items to the subsections (like the export button) - which are ...
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Select multiple items to ship: 'Ship all' still available?

I have a list of items. You can either ship all items or select the ones to ship. I want the disabled 'Ship Selected' to be visible because I want the users to know they have that option (another ...
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How can we represent the word “Action” with an Icon [closed]

I personally think that "Action" itself represents all other actions. Since it's so vague, there can't be a representation. But this is needed, to be used in a tooling application UI. Please help ...
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Action button placement different for modals than base screens

I'm redesigning a product for iPad and Windows, and currently looking at the way buttons are placed in the application. Base screen Here is what a generic "base screen" looks like. Nothing special, ...
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Best way to display a list of items on which the user can take identical actions

I have a list of entities that are being displayed to a Admin user and the Admin can take a set of actions on any single entity. What is the best way to display those options? For example, imagine ...
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Is it okay to show action sheet after action sheet in iOS delete flow?

Delete action is a pretty serious decision for a user, so the best practice is to show some kind of "Are you sure" flow. But should I do in iOS when the first 'Delete' is in action sheet? Is it okay ...
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Button text for 'Are you sure you want to cancel this order' alert? [duplicate]

I'm working on an eCommerce site where we're implementing a feature that allows the user to cancel an order (of physical goods) that's in transit. On the line item (parcel level) the user can '...
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Why does the Amazon dropdown menu load last? [closed]

Following scenario: I log in to Amazon webpage and want to go to Prime Video. The link to Prime Video is under the main menu at the top of the page. However, the dropdown menu is the last thing to ...
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Is it a strong anti-pattern to use a Floating Action Button in an iOS app?

Floating Action Buttons - invented by the Google Material Design Team - are rather popular on Android. Apple's closest equivalent are perhaps an action icon at top-right or the bottom Tool Bar pattern ...
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Action placement for reoccurring tasks

I am trying to figure out where the action button should be located in an internal application where various tasks and data decisions are presented to a user. Each item has various content which could ...
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Contextual actions in mobile/ios best practices

UX noob here... I am trying to envision the vest way to present the user with actions he/she can perform in specific views of my iOS application. Each view could have different actions. I have ...
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How to differentiate between quick sorting and more / expanded sorting options?

How do I clearly demonstrate between quick sort (Image 1) and more sorting options (Image 2, when the user clicks on the sorting icon on the upper left) without having the user think why there are 2 ...
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Where to place my button to open a full screen gallery in my design on iOS?

I need advice to placing a button or an icon on my design. The button/icon should open a full screen gallery. I have a few ideas mock already like press the image or press a button. The problem with ...
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Icon for “upgrade” [closed]

I'm trying to come up with an icon that would be understood to mean "upgrade" - the user should click on that icon if he wants to upgrade his application/subscription/whatever to a "premium" level. I'...
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Is the cognitive load of using both vertical dot and horizontal dot menus worth hinting at how the menu will appear?

For overflow and more menus, Google Material Design seems to favour vertical dot menus, see Apple seems to favour horizontal dot menus (see http://imgur.com/BH2NioE). On desktop applications, ...
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Lack of ability to delete goals in Google Analytics - is this poor UX?

If you set up goals in Google Analytics there is no method to delete them, although you can deactivate them (i.e. switch them off) instead. This is documented on various sites such as http://www....
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What is the difference between the horizontal three dots menu and the vertical one?

First of all, does anyone know the name for this type of navigation? And second of all, what is the difference between these two? In what case you use the vertical one and in what case the ...
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Is there a word for an action that really needs an affordance and doesn't have one? [duplicate]

This is kind of a conceptual thing I have wondered from time to time. What I am trying to describe is when a user can provide some sort of input to software that will result in some action being taken,...
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Does the user want a notification when an action is performed successfully?

Is it good practice or not to give the user a notification of a successfully performed action? Like saving or deleting an item. Is it annoying and excessive or is it useful? I am mostly referring ...
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Grid action button selection

Problem statement: 1. Need to select individual row and Copy. 2. Need to select multiple rows and Copy. 3. Need to select items from different page (Pagination) and Copy. 4. Need to select all items ...
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Is it preferable to have a plain “Save” button vs. “Save ___” (noun) button?

I know that it is preferable to have buttons labeled with verbs, but I'm wondering if there is a benefit of also having a noun following the verb. The specific case I'm looking for is a Save button. ...
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Is it okay to change the default value of the dropdown based on the last selected action and use it as default for the next list?

Is it okay to change the default value of the dropdown based on the last selected action and use it as default for the next list? What's the disadvantage for the users? On the Table, the dropdown ...