Questions tagged [buttons]

Buttons allow users to directly trigger an action or activity in a software solution, and is a concept borrowed from its physical counterpart in its digital design. Use this tag for questions about how buttons should be placed, styled, aligned or used to express their purpose and facilitate their operation.

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Android list layout for search results

I'm making an android app that queries an http endpoint and displays the results with a list. Currently the results appear 10 at a time which the user navigates with next/prev. buttons. The other day ...
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Disabling the browser's back button in multi-page forms

We're having this internal debate where some people think that the user shouldn't use the browser's "back" button when filling a multi-page form (for security reasons), and that the whoever hits the "...
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QuickBooks UI and (still on) buttons position criteria

My company is redesigning one of its accounting software. Intuit's QuickBooks is something that be considered in the same market field, so I took a look at its UI. Here is the invoice management: ...
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social share buttons best position

If you go to any site with content you will have social share buttons. I was wondering where would you consider the best position for social buttons. I saw 3 approaches: bottom of the content page ...
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Button bar: criteria and position

Me and my team are (re)thinking some UI details of our main application. It's a "traditional" desktop application for the Windows platform. It's a business targeted application, and our customers are ...
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Is it worth using '>>' or similar marks on buttons?

I'm preparing wireframes for a huge company, and wondering if I should use '>>' or simply '>' on buttons for emphasis! (if yes which?) What do you think? Or do you have any other idea, how to ...
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How to present Actions (eg. CRUD) buttons without taking focus away from main content?

I am looking for a way to present Actions (eg. CRUD) buttons while not taking focus away from main content. It'll be great to see examples of good application design (I am doing a web app (probably ...
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Coloring Buttons

I have a application that presents the user some information about an appointment and allows them to perform any one of various actions that the user will decide on based on the information presented. ...
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Recommended button sizes on web pages

What are the current usability guidelines for the size of buttons (or anything clickable) on web pages?
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Why can't I use glass buttons?

I'm prototyping a new form, and it's got the 'glass' buttons on it. Several colleagues freaked out and went on rants about glass buttons being the ultimate evil. Objectively speaking, what's wrong ...
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Dropdown Button and disjunct options

At the top of the application we have a function bar that (almost) contains all functions that can be done on entries in a table below, quite similar to Office Fluent UI. We try to minimize the amount ...
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Should there be a difference in the relative sizes of the buttons in a confirmation dialog?

I understand the idea behind having the more likely to be used action on a page slightly larger or in a different style in order to guide the user to it (for example having a button for save but a ...
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Two-Step Operations and Button Conventions

Our web application has three different operations that proceed as follows: The user is presented with a popup where different settings are selected. The user can click on a button labeled with the ...
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Are there other options of enabling an irregular shaped clickable area on a web page other than image maps? [closed]

We have some irregular shaped areas...imagine a map of the states of the US. Imagine also that inside each state there is a rectangular region that contains graphics and text. We want to make each of ...
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other wording for a Select button?

I have multiple Select buttons next to player's names in order for a user to choose which player they want in a game. A user can't just click on a player's name because that gives additional stats, ...
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Why do modern smartphones featuring a touchscreen have several forward-facing buttons?

The iPhone has a touchscreen and one forward-facing button, which is sort of testament to Apple's design ethos of simplicity and aesthetics. But HTC devices tend to have several buttons, and my Nexus ...
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Do I really need a login button?

We've been having a discussion in the office surrounding a login page we're developing for a new web application. The web application is in intranet-based application, and is mainly used by users who ...
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Should a toggle button show its current state or the state to which it will change?

I have a quick question about buttons that toggle between two states. (Think Play/Pause, or Shuffle/Regular Play.) As the title says, should the toggle show it's current state or the state to which it ...
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Which is a good color for a pause button?

We have an application with a built-in stopwatch. If the stopwatch is running the pause button is shown and if it is stopped the play button is shown. Currently the stopwatch itself as well as the ...
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Smallest button size and spacing for a touchscreen

For a touch screen, such as the iPhone, what is the smallest size for a button you could get away with? And how closely could they be shoved together? I've got an app thats going to have a lot of ...
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Separation of play and pause buttons for playing media

I seem to remember reading somewhere that having the play pause actions triggered from a single button that toggles is a bad idea It seems to me that this idiom works well (e.g. pressing space to ...
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OK/Cancel on left/right?

Should OK button be on left of Cancel button or vice versa? Are there any studies suggesting either of the solutions?
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Is a cancel button necessary in a web form?

Personally I have never used it. I don't put information in a form and then decide everything needs to be cleared. I would edit one field. Plus cancel in a UI suggests canceling an action which is in ...
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Hiding information when a user has expressed a reason for visiting a website

In the process of implementing an registration page that will be seen by two types of users (those registering to buy from the site, and those registering to sell on the site). The current ...
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Actionable form element size

I am not a UI designer by any means. I have noticed in the last year or two that important buttons/links...etc on many websites now have very big click zones. I must say that I appreciate it, as ...
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Submit a Button and Cancel a Link... Too Confusing?

I have noticed in the last couple years a lot of web forms, if they have cancel at all, it is a link. I assume this is to drive the person to the UI element, a button in this case, that 99% of the ...
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"Clear all" button history

Has anybody ever used "Clear All" button on the page? Maybe someone know the history of this "magic" UI component. I opened my eyes after this answer.
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Default button OK or Cancel [closed]

What is the most preferable default button for submitting a form (like a login page)? OK or Cancel?
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Do you need a search button with a search box?

On websites with a search box, should you add a button they can click on, or will users understand a search box like on this site? The target group is not very technical, such as women aged 40-60.
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Should the OK/Cancel buttons be aligned right or centered?

Where should I put the OK/Cancel buttons on my dialogs? At the bottom centered or aligned right? I've seen both and I personally don't care, but I want to create a consistent look across my ...
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Is there a recommended location for a submit button in relation to a cancel on the web?

On the web, is there a recommended location for the submit (Go, Search, Submit, etc) button in relation to the cancel, reset or back button? I'm thinking the recommended positions makes it easiest for ...
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What are the differences between buttons and links?

What are the differences between buttons and links?
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Examples of placebos in UI design?

This is purely a curiosity question but one I thought would be a bit interesting. Is anyone aware of placebos in use on popular web sites or applications? Either intentionally or unintentionally? ...
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A button with a link: understandable or confusing?

I'm working on a design of a touchscreen version of some web application. Since it's a touchscreen I would like all clickable elements to be rather big and easy to tap (it's a simple kiosk, so multi-...
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What are the best practices of button alignment?

There are reasons to align buttons to the left, center, or right. What are the best practices of button alignment and what factors should we consider? Which buttons should be on the left, center, and ...
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Should "toggle buttons" show what they do or the system status? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should a toggle button show its current state or the state to which it will change? I find inconsistency in "toggle buttons" (I just invented the name now. See screenshot to ...
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Save vs Save & Exit

We're designing an application for creating personalized photo books through a Flash-based interface. When the application first opens, we display a dialog encouraging the user to give their project a ...
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Are 'share this' buttons really effective?

On a lot of websites (especially blogs), we find 'share it' buttons like this --> . Personally, I never used one. If I want to share something online, I copy the link and manually share it through ...
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Should "dangerous" buttons be big and red or small and inconspicuous?

In a web app, some people think a "Delete" button should be obvious and bright red, signifying danger. The trouble is that this draws the eye to the button and may make accidental clicks more likely. ...
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