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The back button is a ubiquitous control in browsers (and occasionally operating systems) for navigation back through previously visited pages. Typically when clicked it takes the user to the previous document in the browser's history.

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After submitting a form and moving to a new page, should the back button take you back to a blank form?

Imagine a web app page which shows all your recently submitted expenses (Page A). You then click the primary action button "Add a new expense" which takes you to a form to complete (Page B). ...
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Stepper Next button text - Name of next step vs. simply "Next"

I have a multi-step form with five steps. At the bottom of each page there is a button to go to the previous step and the next step. Should the text inside the button have the name of the next / ...
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Cancel button, reset form or go back?

I'm working on a project where there's a CRUD table, but the editing takes place in an individual page. In this editing page, if the user presses the cancel button, a modal pops up asking for ...
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Where is the best place for the back button? [duplicate]

In some apps, you need to go through a number of steps. Of course, a back button is needed in this process, in case the user has made a mistake or changes his mind. But my question is, what is the ...
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Wizard/Stepper in mobile app: navigation options in final review step of wizard

I have an 8-step wizard in my app and in the penultimate step, the user has to review all of the choices made in previous steps. The user may only proceed to the final step of the wizard if the ...
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Are there studies on how the back button is used? [duplicate]

I'm wondering if there is some research on how the back button is used in browsers and what their expectations are. Personally I've noticed that I don't use the back button that much. In some ...
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How to use back button or navigation in app?

How do you decide the navigation method to use, whether backwards or hierarchy navigation? For example, users are navigating on the app, and they received a push notification which leads them to open ...
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Browser back button - behavior on gray area changes (ie. list/grid view)

As in this research mentions, you should not break the back button (and Nielsen said it as well). My question is in regard to 2 separate edge cases: From the homepage you search on an e-commerce site ...
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What is the correct translation for a "BACK" button?

I am fluent in Spanish, but this one has me struggling for some reason. What would be the correct translation for a "BACK" button in Spanish? If you want want to go back to the previous ...
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Should progress be retained if browser Back button is pressed during a progress tracker task?

If I have 3 steps and I'm actually in the 2nd one, what should happen when I press on the back button? Would a user expect to maintain the previous configuration of the 1st step, or should it reset ...
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Correct "Back" button behaviour in CRUD-like web application

I'm going to simplify the scenario I'm working on. In my CRUD-like application I have several lists of entities and an associated create-new-entity-form that I can reach clicking on a link in the ...
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Android: minimize, exit app, ask for second tap or ignore?

I am developing a password manager app that requires the user to enter a pin when the app starts. Resuming the app from background either asks for pin or fingerprint. There is also a settings option ...
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Should back button close the app or go deeper in it?

I just received a feature/change request regarding my app that I subjectively found wrong, but I want to see what other people (or studies) have to say from their knowledge and/or experience. My app ...
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iOS/Android: Best practise for adding a back button on top of an either dark or light image

Challenge: Creating a back button that is placed on top of an image that can either be dark or light WHILST keeping the style/layout in line with the current layout for headers. Ask: Help with either ...
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Mobile reverse navigation (back) and Auto forwarding pages

I have a couple of questions: When a user press back within a flow - do you show (when going back) screens that are "confirmation states" or steps that were needed to be field in order to ...
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Position and style of back button in web [duplicate]

After studying about the 'Back' button, I still can't decide on which best suited my case. I am designing an internal portal where the content varies in width. Button position: A.1 Right side seems ...
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Back button in wizard

I'm designing a multi-step wizard, and in the design I've included a back button in-line with the individual step markers We've discussed things internally, and it has been suggested that the back ...
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Back to top button with other floating action button

I have a long page with a detail of an event. In the right corner of this page is present a floating action button to enter editing mode. Where I can place a back to top button?
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Should browser page back present modals as well as pages?

Currently, on using the browser back button, our site pages back through not only the pages but any modals used. So if the modals were part of a 'series' (e.g. three consecutive modals to capture ...
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Navigating Deep links

Im working on a mobile flow that allows a user to deeplink to separate jobs within the same app via toast messages and/or notifications from a notification centre. Im struggling with getting back to ...
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Should a message show up confirming the user wants to leave when they press on a 'back' button within an app?

I'm having trouble deciding if an app should show a message when the user presses the back button while he/she is leaving. See image below showing how 9gag does this (note the "Press back again to ...
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Home or back button as first item in navigation bar?

A bit of background: I'm in a project where we're building an android system service (meaning it will work regardless of which app is currently in the foreground) for an action bar that will overlay ...
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chat and back to top in the right bottom corner

I can't find any good examples from the web where chat box button and back to top button are both placed in the right bottom corner.I have to place both of them and I don't know what would be the best ...
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Recommended browser back button behaviour for SPA's

Our company is building an SPA and we're having a discussion about the best behavior for the browser back button. The SPA is a management tool with a lot of tables and filters. Every time a filter is ...
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Is it okay to display Home icon instead of the Back icon in mobile applications?

I am designing a mobile application, it is to schedule medical visits. The initial screen is the list of appointments and from there, user can navigate to see visit details. When the user is in the ...
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How can I make it clear for our users that Logo button is also a Back button?

Currently, my team is designing a Shopify-model website which basically looks a lot like Shopify. And here's the problem. When our users use the website builder and try to go back to the main admin ...
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A 'Close' button, a 'Back' button and user journey branches

We have an interface where users can search for a customer. The customer details page has a 'close' button which at the moment means the user will go back to the Customer Search page. In other words: ...
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Is scroll to top with Android native back button a common pattern?

I have noticed that e.g. Facebook and Instagram use the Android back button so that instead of taking you to the previous screen or out of the app, it takes you first to the top of page (if you have ...
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How to manage logged in status when the user clicks back button?

Something I have had trouble understanding the technical/implementation requirements is what should happen to a user's logged in state when they press the back button immediately after logging in (or ...
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How do I know when to use back or close button (or both) on mobile apps

I want to know when and why should I use the X or back button on top of the page. And additionally, related to that, how should I judge the transitions, when should a page just slide from the right, ...
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Best way to handle browser "back" functionality for a voting webapp

The context is a single page webapp with a section that allows users to vote on content. The votable content is loaded via ajax. The webapp itself implements the back button using the HTML5 history ...
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Does it make sense to put a back button on first page of a wizard?

I have implemented this four-step wizard. ┌───────────┬───────────┬───────────┬───────────┐ │         X │         X │         X │         X │ │ │ │ │ │ │   ...
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Back button from Thank you page

User has just completed a purchase of the insurance product and he has gotten a Thank you page. Now he clicks browser's Back button. What is the best practice? block an back button action and ...
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Back Button on Mobile Application

I am having a hard time figuring out the best practices on Back Button functionality within a mobile application because I have seen a lot of conflicting viewpoints. I have taken to the developer ...
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Should I use a home button in mobile PWA version next to the back arrow?

I'm working on a PWA website. I'm currently working on the mobile version. And as expected in PWA, I try to be as native as possible so I plan to use a back button on the top left of the screen ...
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Back and Exit buttons on one page.. Is it user-friendly?

We have this app page where in a user needs to fill-out multi-page form. They need to be able to go back to the previous step (hence the back button). But at the same time, they can exit the entire ...
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Mobile: Back after edit should go to the edit again?

Scenario A: Open app on the mobile and go to the list of homework; Click on create a new homework; Edit page is appearing; You fill up the form and click on "create homework"; Redirects me to the ...
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Should I put a back button on my form wizard?

Currently I'm designing a form wizard which will be use in the website. My reason for not putting the button on the form is because I want the user to never press back and so must finish the form. My ...
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IOS - Back icon + 'back' label vs back icon only

I'm working on an iPhone app and we are currently designing the navigation. I'm wondering what would be the best option (and why) when it comes to going back to the previous page. Back icon + 'back' ...
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How should Android back button behave when it's not possible to go back to previous screen?

I'm designing an on-boarding process and it is not always possible to go to the previous screen with the Android back button. So in this case I have two options: Let user know that is not possible to ...
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how better place back button?

Our main goal is, to keep the ability to go back SOMEWHERE but we don’t want it to be too prominent. Where should we put that button? This is the link to the live page where this button called 'Ürün ...
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Should I disable or hide the Back button in last step of Wizard

I am preparing a wizard for the account setup for the first time users of the application. Since, it is account setup wizard, there are few actions that cannot be edited. However, the other actions ...
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Back function in (mobile) native apps vs. web apps

I'm currently prototype a search / result workflow for a web app. You search something, click on a result and be able to go back to the search result. Now how do I display that? Do I implement a back-...
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Should opening a modal box change the browser history?

I am displaying images which can be clicked to be opened in a modal box (like this plugin does) and zoomed when pinched on touch devices (like this demo). The actual modalbox is as follows: It ...
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What should be the Android back button action on a game?

On some Android games, pressing the back button does nothing, on some it shows the pause menu, and on others it simply quits the game. Given that a game already has an in-game pause button, what ...
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Why don't Facebook and Instagram use back-to-top buttons/links?

I am a user of both social network apps. Why don't these big companies provide a back-to-top button after scrolling down? Similar to Ebay and Tumblr.
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Is it a good idea to make the forward button of the browser go to the next step?

I have a form / wizard on my website with multiple steps. Pressing the back button in the browser makes you go back, so is it a good idea to make the forward button go to the next step (...
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Why there is <- Back button on top of tool bar in Android

Recently i have noticed there an <-(Back Arrow Button) on top of the tool bar in new material design themes.We have an back button in android then why do we need The top back button arrow. Not ...
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Is it bad practice to prevent jump links from cluttering browser history?

I'm developing a website with rather long pages, where the user can click on hyperlinks to scroll up/down to elements of interest. This scrolling is done smoothly (using jQuery), to help maintain ...
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How is Navigation Drawer different from Tabs, for "back" navigation?

The app is similar to the one described here - one Activity, several sections accessible from Nav menu toggled by always-visible hamburger or by sliding from left edge. The sections are very different ...
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