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In a Desktop application, should the recent file list placed directly in the file menu

A desktop tool mostly offers recent files. I am used to press Alt+F and then 1 to open the first recent files. It seems that I learned it from Notepad++. I thought it was a "platform convention&...
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How to name shops, cafes, entertainment centers in one word for good UX?

I'm not sure whether this is the right place to ask this kind of question. We are launching a website for selling coupons. And there user can search coupons and companies(brands), like in google ...
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Best practices for radio buttons with number options?

I'm redesigning a form that includes a Priority dropdown, this field has 5 options: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. One being the most important priority and five the least important. Given that there are 5 options ...
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Is it a good practice to include created and last modified for technical articles?

As a software developer, I often read technical documentation. I might be biased due to the high usage of Stack Overflow and internal tools like Confluence which are full of timestamps (almost any ...
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Should I prevent a user from navigating away from a form while it is being processed?

I'm designing a CRM (Web-based. Optimized for desktop use. Clients are using Chrome on Windows) which has a lot of forms in order to edit everything. Currently, when you save a form, the Save button ...
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Is it a good practice to auto “switch-on” a setting based on a dialog confirmation?

Imagine that as a user, you can use an app to start the A/C of your vehicle remotely. To do that you just simply need to open the app, tap on "A/C" and then press start. But if the car is not plugged-...
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Differences between UX processes for a new client and a redesign

I was asked a question recently about the differences in the UX process when starting with a new website from scratch, compared to the UX process of a redesign for an already existing website. I said ...
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UX improvements for tabs with access control

Let's say a tab menu like the example below was used. https://www.w3schools.com/howto/howto_js_tab_header.asp Each tab has access control. Some users can see all the tabs, some users can only see ...
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How should overriding a checkbox field be displayed?

Within our software we need the ability to override fields. Our standard is the following: Original field must be read-only with an "Override" checkbox next to it When checking checking "Override" a ...
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What kind of message should I display for processes that are queued because other users are currently running the process?

Let's say user number 1 goes in and starts running a big process that can only have one instance running at a time. In the meantime 2 more users attempt to run the same process while it is still ...
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Portable input device, best practices for setup

We're working on a mobile 3D scanning device. The device is small handheld device, about the size of a gopro camera. The device has no display or other controls. The idea is that the user connects the ...
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What are the most commonly understood signs/icons for chat interactions?

I'm designing an in-app chat feature where users get can live support from chat agents. What are the most commonly understood signs/icons for chat receipts like sending sent not sent delivered not ...
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Is it wrong to cover a form with the “Saving…” notification?

Some forms could take a while to save (internet speed, slow data validation...) and there is the need to show that the system is saving the data while locking the form from further edits. Is there a ...
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position of an icon with a text next to it [closed]

currently i'm designing a back-office to manage geolocation of items in realtime, well... The thing is you can download a csv with all data detailed... which is the right position to put an icon ...
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What is best practice for images in mid fidelity designs?

Can a mid-fi design have photos or do they absolutely have to be image place holders? Can black and white photos be used? Any resources about convention for mid-fi images is helpful. Thanks!
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Two search bars, but only on the help page

I know multiple search bars is frowned upon, but what about on the help page? For example: Like Amazon, the main purpose of our site is to search for things. My thinking is, they're having trouble ...
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Is there a good way to display (big) numbers in different bases?

Big numbers in base 10 are displayed with a dot every 3 digits*, like: 1.000.000.000.000.000 Base 2 numbers are different, probably is better to have no divisions: 0000001010001011111101 But what ...
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Valid to / Expiration date inclusive or exclusive

I have a form with a "Valid to" date field. This field represents the date in which something will expire. Should the "Valid to" date be inclusive or exclusive? E.g. Valid to = 04.02.2020. Should it ...
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Use of clickable ellipsis in data table row

In the interface I'm designing we have a page with a table that shows a list of support tickets. By clicking on a row, the user is redirected to the page of that single ticket where they can see all ...
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When to hide a sidenav

I have in my app a sidenav which is by default visible. Now I got a feedback from users, that in lower resolutions (mobile, tablets) the sidenav covers a lot of space from the app. My question is: on ...
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Link-buttons and button-links

I'd like to hear your opinions whether or not using buttons that look like links (text links, especially when styled the same as links) and links that look like a buttons is a good practice. I feel ...
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Including UX designers in user research / testing processes - considerations

I have been asked previously to participate as user testing processes (formal and informal) and in the screening process the fact that I am also a UX designer doesn't seem to have been an exclusion ...
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Which is best for an enter note field: an 'enter' button or hitting the return key?

While designing a text box where a user can enter a note, I want to eliminate the enter button and rely on the return key. What is the best practice for note entry fields? What is needed to tell ...
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Form alignment left side to right side

I am very new to UX and I find my form to be sloppy. Is it an alignment problem? Should I align the text on the right side with the text in the left side of the form? For example: should I align " ...
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Best practice for requiring an “access code” before user can use app

To put things into context, we have an app that lets users earn money by just learning. Because of this, we have to be quite strict about which users are allowed to sign up as we obviously have ...
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Gray-out conundrum

As we're approaching the release date for v2.5.0 of Rubberduck (an open-source VBIDE add-in), we're facing a bit of a dilemma regarding a specific type of tree nodes in one of our toolwindows: The ...
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Best UX when you have several bots?

My question is about the UX for chatbots when there are multiple bots within a website or digital ecosystem. This must be an increasing problem these days in very large companies for example, when you ...
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Group Checkboxes Select All / None Design's best practices

What would be more inline with best practices for the select all / select none option on group checkboxes? OR
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Best behavior for data filtering

I'm by no means a UX expert or a Designer for that matter. But I've come up with a doubt about a UX decision made by my manager and what should be the best practice for the case, based on a recent ...
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Auto-refill pop up..how many times should this show?

I work for a healthcare company. We offer the opportunity for patients to auto-refill their prescriptions, but not everyone knows that it exists. Business wants to add a pop-up after an online order ...
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Is there a best practice for sidebar width on mobile?

What is the best practice when it comes to sidebars and user experience on mobile? Is it better to have one that is full-width or one that is 85% width with 15% backdrop? What are the benefits or ...
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Groups vs notebooks

I'm working on a note taking app. One of the feature is that you can group the notes in a folder like manner in which one can create. subgroups inside groups and more subgroups and put notes/notebooks ...
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Retrieving information from a label when user press a button

In my application I have the following scenario: if the user click a "info" button, the info will be shown in a label (bottom right). The problem is that I am force to put this label a little far from ...
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Is there a need for a confirmation button on a multi-select comboboxes?

Is there any reason we should include a confirmation button on our multi-select comboboxes? What are best practices for the design of these controls? Mouse Functionality: Clicking outside of the ...
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Best way to insert a clear button in a datagrid cell

I have a datagrid (or, more general, a data structure) in which the user, with a proper button, can clear data by only one column. Since that requirements force me to implement different moments to ...
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Is it correct to delete a button that opens a section, when the section is open?

In a particular scenario, I have a button in the main window of application that, when pressed, opens a specific "command" section. When this section is open, is it correct to delete the button that ...
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Should a cross platform desktop application use a uniform UI and design language across platforms? Or entirely native UI and design language?

I'm designing a cross-platform, desktop engineering app. I'm wondering whether I should make the apps follow native design practices (a la MS Office) or use the same ones for all platforms (a la ...
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Best practices: Position of cancel button in modals

I am currently working on modals for our software and I have been placing the 'Cancel' button always on the extreme left (Version A in picture). However while documenting myself more on modals, I ...
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Where should dependencies show for grouped checkboxes? After the selection or after the entire group?

I am looking to set a system wide standard for the design of dependencies for grouped checkboxes. Are there any best practices for doing it one way over the other? In my examples the first 3 ...
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Should phone numbers be clickable within our software on (desktop)?

We are working on cleaning up our system and identifying phone numbers so they will be detected and show up as links for mobile users. The question I have is should we make them show up as links for ...
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What is a best way from the user experience point of view to list questions and answers (FAQ)?

At the "Questions and Answers" or "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQ) section it is often fashionable to have collapsing/expanding sections for each question and answer. Is it still the best way to ...
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Automatically trimming user input onBlur or on Server side on end of input?

Looking for best practices on web. In a general sense, we have an input on our webpage. This input doesn't allow empty space at the end. Bad: Apples     Good: Apples So what I'm wondering is, how ...
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Checkbox size of 'clickable' area on desktop

I'm wondering if there are any guidelines regarding the size of the 'clickable' area of a checkbox on desktop. I was having a discussion with our developer and when he is testing the product he ...
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Changing emotions when a user going to unsubscribe newsletter? Is it good practice?

Is that a good idea to make a response regarding user actions like this one? When user about to unsubscribe changing the face to sad and when click cancel makes face happier. Is it good practice? ...
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Filtering Best Practices

What are the best practices for filtering out a big list? Keep all filters wide open all the time OR Narrow filter values down as I add a Filters somewhere else? For example let's say I have a ...
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Is displaying the message of a new version available a good practice?

Today a developer mentioned that we should display a message to the users saying "A new version of the XX app is available, please refresh de browser". Like what Inbox did once. Is displaying this ...
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Address Form - Best Practice

In my application, I have a web-form for creating a "New Company" object. Each Company has a name and an Address field. The address field should (but not have to) be composed from these fields: - ...
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What is the best practice for integrating legacy design patterns when there is a conflict?

Based on a previous question that suggests many applications that are developed without necessarily a thorough analysis of the different design patterns and systems that might be in conflict, or 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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Back gesture inside the screen which has a swipeable tab

I'm thinking about a UX scenario. For example, you have a screen in your app with a swipeable tab component. On iOS, you have back gesture too. So users can not swipe to back screen (because of that ...

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