Questions tagged [controls]

an object used to operate a physical or virtual device. For questions regarding how to present and implement controls for a particular interface or interaction.

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What is the name of the control shown to users with tips, tutorials or other messages usually in a lightbox?

Is there a specific name to the control that is shown to users of web sites/apps that is usually a modal window or lightbox that generally displays content like: Tips Guided walkthroughs Important ...
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Exploring alternatives to a tree view for selecting a person's race

I work for a company that is software as a service for the social services industry. We're redesigning the race selection so that we can conform to the standard necessary for data exchanges in the ...
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Need help with toolbar layout

I have a toolbar that needs 4 controls and a company icon on it. I cannot figure out the best placement of the controls and I cannot figure out the best look for the search controls and need advice. ...
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How to show a segmented control and multiselect buttongroup at top of a list

I'm struggling on how I can present the following to my users and that they understand how it works: In a desktop app, we have a 'Recent' phonecalls list. This list shows all calls that came in and ...
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Selecting/assigning values from a grouped list

I have a scenario where there is a grouped list of variables. The user can exclusively select variables from the control list (A) to an assigned list (B). So when a value is assigned from A to B it is ...
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Options for manual camera controls on a phone app

I am making an advanced camera app for Android. Right now, I have come up with 2 ideas for implementing 3 manual controls (focus distance, sensor sensitivity, and exposure time) on a touch screen: ...
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What is the name of this moveable multiselect list? [duplicate]

This is killing me. I am trying to find out what is the name of this UI component that has two multiselect controls, where the left is a list of available items and the right is the list of selected ...
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How to design a control when you select any 3 of 4 parameters to get the remaining one

I am thinking from the UX perspective about implementing a control where there are four parameters (see example below). The user can select the values for any three of them to get the value of the ...
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Which is the better way to rotate an object?

I'm a developer on the long way to learn design so please forgive me if I'm not into design jargon 🙏. I have to design an interface to rotate a 2D object. The rotation is discrete by fixed step: the ...
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Scrollbar on the left

Is there a deep study that suggests to place a scrollbar on the right? Personally I move it to the left whenever possible (Firefox allow this, as well as xterm and emacs). I know that placing a ...
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Examples of good user experience design for virtual joystick in mobile or touchscreen games?

Many games for touchscreen mobile devices use virtual joysticks for movement. This has many issues: You can't see/feel where the joystick is pointing when you are using it. You can't feel where the '...
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What are alternate UI/UX for Knobs?

I'm working on UI/UX which has mainly On knobs. I'm thinking to keep alternative for knobs. What are suitable alternative for knobs (Other than sliders). For example The figure below shows Two knobs ...
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Placing full name, including prefix and suffix, on one line in a form?

I am working on a form page that has a name field, including Prefix, First Name, Middle Name (NOT Initial), Last Name and Suffix. The client would like to have all these fields on one line. So here's ...
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Single Pole Double Throw U momentary switch UI control

I have a designer working on a 3 position momentary control: it's something like a typical boolean control, with a circle inside an oval to designate on/off states, but in this case the normal ...
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Select numerical value with +/- buttons or manually entering?

The design I'm working on has the user assigning a value to each item, then if the value is more than 1, a second dependent attribute appears (as shown). I want the numbers to be large and not default ...
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Usability Heuristic - User Control & Freedom

I'm running an UX project and need help from you guys. Usability Heuristic states that we should include "Redo" "Undo" button for users. I wonder if "Reset" button (for example: reseting all the ...
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What's a better way to design this form?

This is by Doodle, a neat little service for coordination of meetings (no affiliation etc.). Once an invitation is sent out to participants, they get this form. What, um, ticks me about it is the ...
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How big should an analogue stick be on a mobile game?

I am developing a mobile game, for fun, and am adding an analogue stick to control the main character. It looks something like this: I am hoping to get some advice on the appropriate size and ...
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How to represent a numeric input that is limited to increments of some number

I have a requirement for a form that restricts a field value to fixed increments of 50 and I'm not sure what would be the most elegant way to represent that constraint in a meaningful fashion. The ...
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iOS Segmented Controls

I'm trying to figure out the use cases for the different sizes of segmented controls, specifically the 2 segmented one. The app store has a longer version (located below the Nav bar), while the iTunes ...
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A checkbox that can interact / display 4 states with nested child elements

I have read discussion about tri-state checkboxes and even those are controversial - we have an even more complex problem with our software. We need 4 options and can't figure out best way to do this ...
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Name for a control with a dropdown, text boxes, and a list

I'm creating a control with a dropdown, text boxes, and a list; it's going to look somewhat like this: The text boxes are fixed (no matter what is selected, it would always be the same text boxes). ...
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Material Design: Should you use “Selection Controls” and “Text Fields” simultaneously

I know there are always exceptions to a design system. But as a general rule, should you avoid mixing Selection Control and Text Field components? I tend to think Selection Controls belong more in ...
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Textbox with addon selector

My users need to input a number. For this, I would like a control that is a textbox for the numerical input and a section on the end of the textbox that indicates a default unit of measure, similar to ...
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What's a good scroll bar equivalent for a spiral script?

One of my friends is writing a fictional story about a people who use a script that is read in a spiral from the inside out. They write on long coils of flexible material, and longer texts are fed ...
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One single button or two buttons

I'm working on a transportation service. We offer 2 services: Buy a bus ticket, much like public bus Book a car, similar to Uber We have a mobile app, and I'm having problem with one of the screens....
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UI controls during full screen reading

Part of the app is to read a longer text, so users have the choice to view it in a full-screen reading mode. Mainly targeted device is smartphone, not tablet. I have two important controls here, ...
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Why are the controls opposite/inverted when flying in a game?

In a game, we would normally use the directions in a normal way to move, i.e. "up" for move forward, "down" for move backwards, "left" for left, and so on. Although, when we play a flying game, why ...
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Should a light switch be small or big, or does this depend on other factors? [closed]

Small and big light switch compared: It's strange that this usually differs by country. The big ones are easier to hit, but the small ones provide better feedback (if you don't immediately see the ...
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Better 2D UI control for Yaw, Pitch Roll in 3d objects (transform)

I'm working with a 2D representation of 3D objects such as a PTZ camera or avatars and cubes. I understand that the best way to rotate things in a 3D space is with direct manipulation using a widget ...
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Placing toggle controls in title bars

What are the pros and cons of placing controls in menu bars? This is an example from a Linux desktop environment: I've personally found the placement of the controls in the title bar unexpected, ...
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What do you call the date range slider bar underneath a time series chart?

What's the name of a slider bar, underneath a chart, that determines date range, that the chart is showing? The one I circled in pink.
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Why does the Xbox controller have non-symmetrical analog sticks?

The image below shows the controllers of the three eighth-generation consoles (Xbox One, PS4, Wii U). As you can see, both the PS4 and Wii U controllers have symmetrical analog sticks, which seems ...
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Conformity vs. complexity (gamepad/controller layout)

I'm porting a VR app to non-VR. In VR you can move your head to look around, which you can't in a Windows app of course. This means that I also have to change the controller layout. Users might use ...
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Is UI simplification in Microsoft's products for the past ten years motivated by user experience? [duplicate]

Working mostly with Linux, I rediscover from time to time Windows and Microsoft's applications such as Internet Explorer/Edge. I also notice that the trend is not limited to Microsoft, although I don'...
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For what reasons would you not include a volume control in an audio player?

Both Bandcamp and Soundcloud, two popular audio streaming services, don't have very accessible means of controlling volume. Bandcamp doesn't have a control at all, while Soundcloud only provides one ...
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Expand All / Collapse All

In what cases would you justify adding the ability to Expand All/Collapse all to pages where there are individually collapsed sections?
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Using pointer mouse cursor shape on controls

Microsoft talks about affordance https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/desktop/dn742466.aspx Google talks about navigational elements vs action elements W3C The cursor is a pointer that ...
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Is it a good idea to put the word “or” between buttons on a screen

If I have a dialog to display to the user it has a data item displayed, and 2 seperate actions that can be done to the object. So, it's a resource and we want the user to choose which process they ...
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What's the best way to present date of birth form fields?

I am building a form that requires users to enter in their DOB. What is the best practice for this? I have identified 3 basic options: Free Text Field Users are able to enter day, month and year in a ...
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Name for combo box with substring filter?

What do you call a combobox in which what you write in the combobox filters a (long) list that can be accessed as a dropdown menu. Here we filter with the strings igh, s, and not old; so any line ...
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Where to click to change status of a on/off slide bar

In a toggle button like above, where should a user click to change the status? It seems that the standard in most applications is to click on the slide itself. This would make sense as a user can ...
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One search field with two available actions

When assigning roles to a user, the admin uses a single search field with 2 available actions: Search Roles that can be added Search Users to copy role assignments from Currently, the UI looks like ...
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Why don't commercial products use Logarithmic Volume Controls?

Would a logarithmic volume control surprise or shock users? The lowest volume settings on a Mac, or on a YouTube video control the volume in a very heavy handed manner, and once you've turned the ...
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What is the best way to handle multiple To and From ranges?

Our users need to specify multiple ranges of quantities and specify a price for each range. I can't post an image or I would show this concept mocked-up. My question is: Imagine the user is able to ...
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Accordions on iOS, and Android

Back in the day, Accordions for web apps were quite common. We built a Silverlight app, and it has a very Accordion-centric workflow. The content is mainly divided up in to Accordion panels because a) ...
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Why do light switches find themselves OUTSIDE the room they light up in some European countries?

Okay, to be fair my experience is mostly with Poland, though I have observed this electrical interior design decision in a few neighboring countries while travelling, but can't generalize there. ...
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Why do showers have “hot” and “cold” knobs rather than “temperature” and “quantity” knobs?

I do not understand the advantage of the popular "hot" and "cold" controls in showers, as opposed to "temperature" and "quantity" controls. Is it simply because the latter option is harder to ...
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How many similar controls warrant a mass action?

Let's say we have a modal with a number of similar actions. We're trying to decide whether a mass action to mark/clear all checkboxes is justified. The modal performs an infrequent action in the ...
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Why are most game controllers left handed?

Most game controllers (game pads, joysticks) use the left hand for directional control, which is also the task that requires the most dexterity. Most people are right handed, but end up using their ...

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