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Why is showing battery percentage turned off by default?

The first thing I do on a new phone or new laptop is find the setting to turn on the display battery percentage. It's much easier to read 78% than to try to distinguish whether six or seven pixels are ...
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Expected behavior of "Apply default option to all" checkbox

Let's say users are filling out a form; they can either manually select values, or use a checkbox to apply a set of default values. (We'll call it Option A for the purposes of this question.) What ...
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What would be a standard indicator for a selection set to default?

I have a table with different user options. These options are either coming from a base template (Standard), a customized base template (Custom), or a customized base template that has not yet been ...
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What is a standard way of setting something as default?

I have a list of items a user can pick from. From this list, the user can set a default item. What would be the standard pattern for doing that? Ideas - star an item, add a "Default" badge ...
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"Reset to Default" UI for Computed / Synced Fields

Background Here is a nearly identical question to What's the best "Reset to Default" UI element? but with one significant difference: various fields that may be customized, but in their ...
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UX writing - different word instead of "default"

I'm looking for a different wording for the "default" view. The user is able to customize their view and choose which one they would like to preview by "default" (or maybe the ...
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How many pixels the "normal" letter-spacing is?

We are working on an input-field in our application where the users can adjust the letter spacing of text elements in pixels, but we are not sure how many pixels the normal letter spacing is. We would ...
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Default filter state: active vs. inactive?

Consider the following scenario: The user goes on a restaurant search page in an app He/she enters some information, then clicks on "Filter results" There he/she finds the possibility to filter by ...
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Button Group for filtering time range with no default value selected

I'm working on a Timeline component at the moment, and by default, this timeline would show the activities/events for the day. Users can select predefined time ranges such as the day, week, month, ...
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What's the best "Reset to Default" UI element?

What's the best UI element for "Reset to Default" for the fields in a form? We have default text inputs in a form. Uses can edit the default text inputs, and we want to allow users to revert back to ...
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Is Mailto function on E-mail address link bad UX?

I have done some basic research on this topic, but didn't came with valid conclusion as resources were not from well known or reputed sources. Hypothesis: (Especially for residential users), people ...
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How to clarify a field contains a smart default/suggestion that's still editable?

I'm designing a flow for businesses to add new credit card users. Since we want to make the flow as short as possible, we came up with the idea to show smart defaults for the embossing name (the name ...
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What's the most appropriate default year for a datepicker?

Let's say I have a datepicker and the purpose of this datepicker is very dynamic. It can be for date of a person's birth or graduation date, etc. What would be the most optimal default year for the ...
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Is it good practice to remember a user's selection of an option as a new default?

I absence of data to decide a good default, would it be good practice to remember the users last choice in a dialog box and use that as default the next time the dialog box is opened? Context I have ...
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Searching with mandatory filters

I'm having trouble designing a search box with two mandatory filters/categories before the user hit the "go" button. So far, the best solution I could come up with was this one: I've presented the ...
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Which option better communicates the default state for a search box as "everything."

tl;dr The default setting for a search box is 'include everything'. Which of the following gifs presents a better option to convey this? Context: We're redesigning a reporting interface for a ...
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form: default radio options and branching

This is a form filled out by an agent on behalf of a client. Agent is trained, but we still want to make it accurate and fast. Question 14: Is this a Not-For-Profit Business? 3 options (radio ...
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Why do some websites hijack "open in new tab"?

Just came across this annoyance reading an article at time.com. Unfortunately, this was not the first time I experience this, and I have a strong feeling it won't be the last. Leaving aside ...
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Defaulting values for a calculation tool

I've been asked to build a repayment calculator for a bank and 85% of their customers are of a specific type, e.g. Married, over the age of 30 first time buyer etc, you get the idea. Now, depending ...
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When the user changes a default item, how should the new one be signified?

Considering this case, in which we don't expect the items to be very many (mostly 1-2, but can get to 5-6 tops, and there can only be one favorite: The order of the items is the one in which they ...
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Checked and disabled checkboxes for non-changing setup

I'm designing the setup UI for a contact form. By default, the contact form will always have 4 fundamental fields: first name, last name, e-mail and message. As a new feature, we are enabling an "...
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How to revert back to a default input field value?

I am designing a desktop system (using Material design) that shows information on a side panel related to objects on a map. Some of this information is in editable input fields. The panel does not ...
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"Standard" vs "default" vs "basic" as a label for basic settings

I am working on a mobile application which is targeted at regular people (not specialists, probably not much experience with software or desktops). The app provides basic / default / standard settings ...
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More appropriate button text for resetting default settings

I'm developing a desktop application and in the application settings management dialog I've add a button that once pressed, reset all fields to default values. I'm wondering what is the standard for ...
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What is the purpose of the 60-second shutdown timer in macOS?

What's the purpose of having a 60-second timer for the shutdown dialog in macOS? Why automatically shut down the user's computer if they leave the dialog box open?
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How to make it clear which button is the Primary (default)?

I've been doing some UX testing and those users (3 out of 3*) didn't realize the blue button (below) is the default. I'm trying to figure out how to make the primary button more obviously the primary....
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Checked checkboxes vs. unchecked checkboxes

I'm improving the usability of an insurance premium calculator. There are a number of major options which will be toggled on/off using checkboxes. Should I check them all on by default and display ...
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Mandatory select list default value or empty?

I'm developing a large application with hundreds of forms. Some of their input fields are mandatory. Right now, if it is a select list, we do not display an empty option. This has the advantage that ...
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Default Date for Birthdate

When the date of birth is asked to the user, with a Date Picker on mobile, what should be the default date to show on Date Picker? Current date makes no sense to me as it is probably too far from the ...
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Force users (developers) to remove default styles or add no default styles and look bad

I'm not sure if this question is in bounds, as the users are the developers that will use my plugin. Example: I'm creating a simple modal plugin, it has a header, body, and footer area like a lot of ...
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Designing questionnaires to avoid 'false negatives' / missing data

I'm designing a UI for a long and complex questionnaire, to do with legal services. My client feels that almost every section should start with a "Does this apply? Y/N" question, forcing the user to ...
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Why do web browsers ask if they should be the default browser?

I have always wondered why web browsers always ask if they should be the default browser. Or, well, maybe not this behaviour as such, but why are web browsers the only applications that ask this? I ...
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What is the best way in letting a user set a default to an enabled function?

Not really sure if this concept is better. By setting a default, it automatically switches to Enable and lock icon appears next to toggle switch to signify that it is not available for any action.
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Displaying System Generated Placeholder

In the process of converting some legacy desktop applications to the web. The majority of the screens are simply managing data associated to a key field. For example, a contact id and then the ...
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What's the best way to allow a user to revert an input field to a default state?

In a desktop application, when you have an input text box that will get the value from somewhere else and that it might get updated, what's the best way to allow the user to edit that field to a new ...
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Why does every website seem to use max volume level for sound?

I don't know if the title is clear but whenever you visit a website which has a video or audio on the page, the player's sound level is always set to max. I never see it set to a conservative level by ...
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Is the Windows Title Bar off limits for customization?

With a recent Chrome update, I now have a switch person button next to the three standard Window Title Buttons that are used all the time: Minimize Window Restore Window Close Window When Chrome is ...
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How to handle default inputs than can be overruled?

Here is a problem I have been struggling with for a while... Consider the following 2 input forms (don't worry, these are just mockups, not real screenshots). When the user opens the forms, all ...
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Mandatory field without default value

While designing a GUI, on the form where I am administering the users, when I add a user I want to be able to select the role among 3 choices and I want the administrator to make a choice. So I ...
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Radio Button: Yes/No or No/Yes

In some cases, as No is the default option for a radio button, should it be placed first instead of Yes? In my opinion, default option should be prioritized to place on left. What's your opinion?
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Default radio button option always first?

Given a set of radio buttons, should the default option always be the first? (Leftmost if they're in a horizontal list or topmost if they're in a vertical list) Is there ever a case when this is ...
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Best Practices on toggle switches and defaults in forms?

In many cases, when creating an A/B choice for a user, there is a clear option that should be the default; if not, the debates can rage... and if the choices are not clearly boolean (Yes or No), it ...
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What should be the default option of an optional dropdown list containing search criteria?

I have a form where users can search for legislators in the US. One of the search criteria is the Leadership Position, as a dropdown. It can look like this for example: <select id="leadership-...
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Default filtering behavior: Everything displayed or everything hidden?

We have a selection field on our website. And today we had a discussion at the office about our filter options when the user is facing the filter options for the first time. Option A No filters are ...
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Should quantity textboxes that have a default value of zero - show a "0" or be blank?

My quantity textboxes have default values of 0, it's up to the user to change these quantities if they wish, it is not mandatory i.e. they can leave them at 0 if they wish. Should the default view ...
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"Revert to Default" UI element

In the settings dialog of our Windows desktop application, the user can type or select a certain (template) file. If nothing is specified, the application falls back to the default. This is indicated ...
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Reasonable (big) default font sizes

In our app (a CAD type app for the casual computer user) we allow users to choose from a number of preset font sizes. These defaults are picked pretty arbitrarily from what OS X offers in their ...
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Why does backspace go back a page? This behavior is so frustrating!

When using a browser, like Firefox, I appreciate that I can easily navigate my tab history with Alt+← (for back) and Alt+→ (for forward.) That makes perfectly good sense to me, and I've used that ...
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Where to use the default cursor and pointer cursor in button and label?

In google drive i found some buttons and labels are found to be inconsistent in cursors. Are there commonly accepted conventions as to default cursors and pointer cursors in web and desktop ...
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Is there a best practice for allowing a user to define defaults for faceted navigation?

I'm working on an application with faceted navigation. The application will be visited often by the same group of users. A certain combination of checkboxed facets are selected by default. I would ...
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