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Questions tagged [desktop-application]

program installed on user's machine as opposed to a program that runs remotely and is accessed via an internet browser.

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Is it common to have multiple apps open, on one web portal?

Is it common to have multiple apps open, on one web portal? And is this anyhow different if it's not apps, but models (machine learning models)? Models run within the portal container.
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Should non-existant files in a recently used files list be deleted without user prompt?

Say, you have this common thing of "recently used files" or "frequently used files" in your application. It may easily happen the user moves or deletes a file they had opened recently/frequently. So ...
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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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Should we mask API keys?

As an authentication token, an API key is pretty much functionally identical to a password. Does it follow then that we should mask the API key, when it is entered in a settings dialog? The reason ...
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Full width of the textbox on the screen or not [duplicate]

Apologies if this comes as a naive question. From design point of view basically a textbox control (or any control) in a grid container, does it makes sense to have a textbox in fullwidth of the ...
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How to choose between a Popover, Inspector, or Toolbar to edit properties?

macOS apps have the following patterns (and possibly others) for editing properties of selected items: Popovers (See here) Inspector Panels (Right Sidebar) Toolbars In the following example, the ...
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Is it a problem if my form takes up twice as much space in web form than it does in the desktop application?

I am trying to migrate some forms from a desktop implementation to a web implementation, which should still primarily be used by desktop users. Currently, we have a generic out-of-the-box theme (the ...
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Keeping alert messages the same on desktop & native app

For a given alert/error message, a version that specified why it was happening and how it can be resolved tested the best on desktop. The current message is 173 characters long (including spaces). But ...
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How should double-click (to select text) on a space being handled?

When you have a text sentence, you likely know that you can double-click on any word to select it. That is very convenient and I personally use it a lot. Background To have a little bit of ...
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Positioning two brands' logos on application header

I am designing an application where I have two brands' logos to be displayed on the header. Positioning two brand logos next to each other looks odd. Which is the best way to position the logos on ...
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Reasons for the difference in design patterns for mobile to desktop vs. desktop to mobile

I want to follow up on a recent question that related to the WeChat Web experience but expand the scope of the question a little bit further: Is WeChat Web bad for UX? In recent times companies that ...
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button size bootstrap framework [duplicate]

in my project im using bootstrap, and the project is to use in a different devices. I think btn-sm is so much small to mobile device, have some rule to determine the size of the buttons?
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Why consoles/terminals usually have a black background?

In unix and window systems, the console has a black background. Is this historical or is there any UX reasoning behind it? I'm working on a web based terminal and giving the window the look and feel ...
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Alternative to displaying multiple plan columns

I'm working on a pricing page that has 6 different plans. What is the optimal way of displaying them considering the limited amount of space we have? Mobile isn't an issue since they will just be ...
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Optimising large navigation bars

How would you go about revamping a navigation as long as this while keeping all the links visible On desktop On mobile
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Adding ads to a top bar of a paid platform

What's your opinion about adding banners to the top navigation sticky bar of a paid platform for professional users? 2 important considerations: Some of them are paying up to $5500 each year to use ...
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Absence planner - UX thoughts and recommendations

I hope you all have some nice Christmas days. I'm currently working on a new and responsive version of our company absence planner using Googles Material Design. As I build it from scratch I would ...
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How to prompt existing customers to change their email

I'm looking for some UX examples to how other companies have handled this situation: Scenario: Devs are using an old password encrypting method (sha1) I believe and need to change it to a more secure ...
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Should a right-click in a desktop application always bring up a context menu?

In most every "modern" desktop application I've used, the right mouse click brings up some sort of context menu. In some though, especially high end engineering applications, right click is used to ...
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Global keyboard shortcut override conflicts for power users

Working on a Windows desktop tray application which listens to a global keyboard shortcut and provides a data readout from a device and sends the numbers (data) as key strokes to the application in ...
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Need examples of applications similar to TurboTax [closed]

I'm currently working through an application very similar to how TurboTax functions. I have a paper form that needs to be entered by users into my application (see example" https://www.cms.gov/...
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Design patterns for desktop context switching

I'm working on a project which has, mobile / tablet / desktop designs which progressively reveal more content. In our app we have two key 'modes'. It's similar to an online ide so you could call ...
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Is there a use case for overriding/overpainting the OS-provided system menu?

An app developed by another team here at Acme Software overrides - in fact, erases - the operating system-provided system menu (it also custom paints the minimize, maximize, and close button, but that'...
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How to present a tree in which objects may appear more than once?

I have a window showing a number of objects that can be individually hidden or recolored. Accordingly, in a sidebar each has a checkbox and a color swatch that launches a color picker when clicked: ...
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How to alert users to come back to a desktop app?

We are working on a financial related desktop app. The user can commit their money in an escrow for a period of time, and the user must be online about/within 24hrs before the expiration of the escrow ...
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Is it better to disable a button and show hovering message, or show a popup message when click on it?

I'm talking about Desktop applications, Windows applications. In my application, user needs to perform a certain steps, before a button can be clicked. The issue now is that for that button, what is ...
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Are zoom in/out buttons necessary anymore?

Zoom buttons still exist in almost all desktop applications as well as applications on the web (SAAS). It seems like these buttons would be gone by now (with pinch and mouse scroll wheel) but they are ...
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How to clarify ambiguity in “Save” behaviour on web based applications for users

I noticed on Office 365 applications and the Office 2016 applications that there is an Autosave feature (which I believe was started in OneNote). The official explanation of how the feature works (or ...
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Design dilemma: how to show maximal amount of controls in a clean way

We are trying to improve and modernize the design of our desktop, dialog-based application: If I look at the examples of modern user interfaces they all look pretty, but contain just a fraction of ...
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Phone number click to call on desktop?

I'm designing a web flow in which one of the outcomes is to call our support team. On mobile, this is simple enough as pressing on a phone number triggers the alert below. However, I'm not sure what ...
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Ask metadata for each file added to a folder (possibly many files added at the same time)

I have a file sync Windows desktop application that looks very much like Dropbox: Tray icon is the only GUI. Users mostly uses the Windows file explorer, but also programs such as MS Word that open ...
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To meet WCAG AA on desktops, what is the minimum space required between two click targets?

I have already looked at these: 1. WCAG 2.1 for Target size 2. button sizes on web pages on Stack Exchange 3. Material Design Google Guidelines for Buttons 4. Spacing between UI components on Stack ...
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Distinguishing overlapping event types in a timeline

I am working with software that is used for scheduling astronomical observations. I've created a timeline view for the user to create, view, and edit observation schedules. Here's my mock-up: Gray ...
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Where to display reset link content?

I am working on a desktop application and when the user requests a password reset link they got it in an email. Now I am wondering where should I display the content of that reset link (setting new ...
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Can we make a tooltip as error message?

I have a form wich contains some fields,when the user leaves one of these fields empty,I change the border color to red and I attached a red tooltip to explain the error ,is it possible to make ...
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Are desktop applications called “apps” yet?

Now that we're in a mobile-dominated world, is it acceptable to call computer programs that run on desktop computers Apps? Take this example from the OSS Podlove subscribe button. When activated on a ...
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Instant typing search pattern

I've been meaning to implement the pattern of an "instant search" on a Desktop site, which would work by simply starting to type and have the input focused on a search form. The only example I have ...
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Native or custom look and feel for desktop applications [closed]

I am currently writing a library to create desktop user interfaces, and I am asking myself a question: is it better to have a native look and feel, or a consistent custom look and feel? I personnally ...
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Performing serious tasks on mobile

I have a theory: A large percentage of users are reluctant to do something too serious on their mobile device. The smaller screen and lack of control here induces a sense of unease. It's possible that ...
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Why does it seem like achieving native-looking is a very good thing on Desktop applications?

I've seen a lot of developers trying hard to get their apps as native-looking as possible (relative to the OS) by using GUI toolkits like GTK+, WxWidgets and so on. It made me wonder if it is kind of ...
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How to Show result of different methods with one goal

In a part of a winform application, there are different methods to achieve one goal, where users can select one or multiple ones. Suppose this part of the application is responsible for search ...
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Application state visibility from far away

I'm curious if there is any way to display the current application state in a good way, so it is visible from far away. Currently it is done as you can see in the image. The task is, to see the ...
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Tap, Tap, Tap or Keyboard Entry

We are doing an internal makeover to our existing Timesheet Mac app. In that I ran into a situation where I have to decide either of the below options. Option A : Tap, Tap, Tap Like the smartphone ...
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Is it bad practice to direct a user to a mobile friendly side of the site on screen resize

I have an html5 application that consists of two different interfaces. The desktop interface demands a minimum of 900 pixels in width to function properly. The mobile version is built in an entirely ...
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Modal content UX

I have a situation where I need to display a table with multiple rows of data. Row count can be from 1 to 99. Is a scrollable modal the correct UX, or should I display this info on its own page?
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Problem with layout of features

I have a set of features that adjust style of the graphs. They set existance, colors and size of the element. I must be able to apply size and existance to all the graphs. But I don't want to apply ...
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Does the Pencil Project have a reusable components feature? [closed]

The Pencil Project is a tool made for proto-typing and for that I would need a feature of reusable components. For instance, when creating a header component I want to re-use it several times in the ...
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Best solution to an awkward design?

For a Desktop application. Designing this page to add teams and assign players to the teams added. More, allow users to edit teams on the same page. First: Add a Team. Second: add players to teams ...
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Limiting Action Due To Permissions

How would you prevent someone from performing an action on the front end (Obviously this would be enforced on the back end, but I'd imagine you don't want the user thinking they can perform an action ...
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How to transform a mobile-navigation design into a desktop one

Right now I have a mobile app where you can navigate like this: I need to transform it into a desktop app. The only thing that I cannot change is the fact that the circles that are clickable options ...