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Questions tagged [disable]

For questions regarding when or whether to disable certain functions or controls in an interface or how to communicate the disabled state to the user.

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Should I have a disabled button or no button at all, if the user doesn't have sufficient privileges for the action?

I would like advice on whether a disabled button is better than no button for a certain UI. Basically, the regular (experienced) users can either comment on an issue or close it; the users with ...
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Design for skip vs next when next requires waiting

I have an app that serves users content which requires them to say whats on the screen. They can move on to the next piece of content only after some period of time depending on the length of the ...
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Is it okay to disable a radio button in a group of 2?

I have an option menu where one of the options is a simple group of 2 radio buttons: Now in certain conditions, the 2nd option is not available, but i was wondering if it's okay to simply disable a ...
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Missing permission - hide, disable, show error message/page? [duplicate]

In a web application I wonder what's best practice to design an element (text link, button) pointing to an action where users don't have access to (e.g. create new user). Esepcially when this element ...
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Depending radio buttons

I have a complex form with a lot of elements. One element section cares about the visibility of the dataset: Unlimited Limited This is realized with radio buttons of course, where unlimited is the ...
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Do I display a button (that's directing to content, but there's no content yet) as disabled or active followed by an empty state?

I need to show a button that will take the user to the screenshot gallery. But when there are no screenshots yet should I disable the button or leave it active for the user to click and enter an ...
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Disabling filled fields

In a webapp we have a form composed by a select box and some text inputs. When choosing item from the select box, some of the text inputs will became disabled because "not applicable" and will not be ...
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Should read-only fields hide or disable icons?

Throughout our system we have different input-field types that have icons tied to them. Examples: Time field with a time icon - when clicking the icon it will fill in the current time. Date Field ...
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To disable button or to not disable button? [duplicate]

Simple question, should a button be disabled if the form is not finished, i.e. still missing some input of mandatory fields? Why/Why not?
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Should we disable an action in our system because we don't have a use case for it?

I work on a complex and heavily data-backed app (essentially an ERP) that has a number of different objects in the system that track real objects in the world. Users can create objects which later ...
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What is better for UX - hiding or disabling irrelevant buttons

This question follows on from my last question here. Is there a commonly accepted wisdom on how to deal with buttons that are not always relevant. The two possible routes and the issues I see with ...
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Should I prefer “Earliest Prevention” over “Flexible Workflows”?

Intro I have a specification which explicitly mentions 4 (sic!) interrelated modal windows for a fairly simple use case. This seems to be a result of the old-school way of thinking, i.e. "let's ...
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Most appropriate way to show a disabled button

The 'edit' button is disabled for an item: It is disabled because the user doesn't have permissions to edit the item. If they want to edit it, they have to either ask for permission from the owner or ...
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Should disabled elements be focusable for accessibility purposes?

For example, if we have a set up wizard with 3 steps, and the user is on step 1, should the user be able to focus on the control to continue to the next step, regardless of whether or not that control ...
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What is the right way to visually mark that a selection is disabled

I have a page with a list of products. Each product can be customized in color and width. The width chooser is a select, but some products only have one option, so it is pre-selected. What is the ...
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Disabling parts of application

I'm working on an application. In this application we've got a page and in this page there are 2 different areas. The top area is used to define information and has a radio select group where we ...
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What would be the best way to guide users in this design and avoid forcing users to make the mistake then correcting them?

I am trying to find the best way to guide user to achieve their goal (Submitting a course) without the need to force users to make a mistake then correcting them. In this design: User lands on this ...
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How should I show disabled state in table?

Let me explain a problem at first! I am making a mockups for a web service hardly consisted of tables. Every table has action at the end of each row. So, every set of actions refers to certain row. ...
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How to make text look *not* clickable

Problem: I am currently building a textbook exchange website as pictured below. During beta testing users kept trying to click the three snippets of text under the logo ("6 books listed," "12 ...
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how to represent disabled cells into a table with alternate row color

I'm creating an editable html table with alternate row color with a focused row highlighting . When a cell is clicked, the user can modify its content. Considering all of these, I need to indicate ...
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Which is better to disable, the confirm e-mail field or the sign up button?

Background I'm working on an application where users have to use a specific email domain to sign up (Either @a.com or @b.com. Anything else gets rejected). In order to prevent my users from going ...
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Is it bad UX to disable features (to protect the user)?

We have built a product tour, but due to the fact that it has to be editable by people who don't know code, it was done on a framework that uses twitter bootstrap's boilerplate and modules to build. (...
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What is the best way to present tab with unavailable content? [duplicate]

Windows guidelines are saying that you shouldn't disable tabs, since it doesn't explain why content is unavailable. They recommend hiding/disabling all content inside tab and explaining the reason ...
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Should we disable all functions of the website when user's not logged in yet?

It almost depends on which option you decide between: Let users enjoy the web app but as soon as they want to interact, a login form pops up. Hide all interactive buttons until they logged in. I ...
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Multiple Save Buttons after Editing Information

I keep going back and forth on this issue and wanted to get some other opinions. We have a series of pages within a settings control panel. There are multiple modules within the pages, and each ...
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How can Select/Deselect and Enable/Disable status for a row in a table?

I have an web application that which after processing some files show at the user the result about this processing. Now the user can select one or more to save and at the same time he can enable or ...
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Disabling command vs error message

In the diagram editor I am developing users can delete most of the nodes in the diagram, except a central node that is treated specially and can't be deleted. To block the user from deleting this node ...
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WCAG 2.0 compliance: do I have to support browsers which don't support JavaScript?

WCAG 2.0 has some requirements on robustness: "Content must be robust enough that it can be interpreted reliably by a wide variety of user agents, including assistive technologies", but it doesn't ...
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Do disabled buttons still need to be contrast compliant for accessibility?

Very related to this question: Accessible Disabled State but that is about how to style disabled buttons to make them accessibility compliant, but my question is slightly different. Is it actually an ...
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Consistency on tables with readonly / disabled fields (including inputs, dropdowns and buttons)

In a table (datatable) I have editable rows as you can see in the mockup. Under some conditions rows' input, dropdown and button must be readonly or disabled (unchangeable). The important note here ...
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Inactive Settings

I'm having a tricky time deciding between several interaction patterns for disabled settings toggles in a native app. Background: This is in a mobile app's settings page. There is a top level ...
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Does grey always represents disabled condition?

Recently I updated the style of our admin module of a web app. The buttons were redesigned and new colors were introduced for various states. In various sections, I have the small question mark icon, ...
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Should disabled elements ever have pointer events?

Modern browsers have a CSS property called pointer-events which has a possible value of none. This value makes it so that no JavaScript listeners nor CSS pseudo classes fired by events (:hover, :...
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Should controls be removed or just greyed out in a tool for power-users where they repeat many times?

This answer by JohnGB on "Greyed-Out vs Invisible" by Joel B kind of touches on the idea, but this question focuses specifically on a moderation tool for power users. Should buttons that don't apply (...
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How to prevent users from submitting a form with no changes made

I would like to prevent users from being able to submit a form where the selection hasn't been changed from its original state. Example: In the wireframe above, when the user sees this form, the ...
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Should form 'Continue' button be disabled if validation is incomplete?

In forms we often see the 'continue' button inactive until all the required fields are complete: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups Is this actually a help to the ...
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Should a dropdown have a value (or be visible) when the associated checkbox is unchecked?

We have users that can be assigned to different groups with an associated role on that group. For example, a user may be a "Contributor" on the "Human Resources" group, but an "Admin" on the "How To ...
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Is there anything wrong with disabling radio buttons, and how would you justify it?

I have a dynamic form consisting of a number of choices, where the user makes a choice at each point using a radio button (toggle implementation of radio button behaviour) Depending on the choice the ...
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How to indicate a disabled core functionality?

How should a certain action be disabled, when the user has run out of necessary permissions to perform that action? Specifically, I am designing a search engine where each search may take up to an ...
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What is the best way to display disabled field and text for accessibility color contrast support

I am working on a project which needs to support color contrast accessibility. Currently on our system disabled data is presented as grayed-out, but now we need to support color contrast for ...
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Placeholder text vs. disabled text

I currently develop some forms in a desktop application. There is the idea to use placeholder texts in some input fields (edits) as known from HTML forms or touch systems like smartphones. But ...
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Faceted search - Remove or disable filters that would not return any result?

I'm working on the search page of a site. Filter options are available on the left-hand panel. When the user ticks a box, the filter options are updated. I'm wondering what is the best way to handle ...
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Pagination - Display Previous Page on Page 1? (Likewise with Next on the last page.)

Let's say you have a very standard pagination setup. < Previous Page 1 2 3 ... 9 Next Page > On page 1 would you display the Previous Page button? And along the same lines, would you ...
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Should a check box field be disabled or removed from an interface if is it not going to be used? [duplicate]

I have a web page set up wizard that guides a user through several steps to create an object. One of the steps in the wizard requires the users to pick via check boxes a property to their object. ...
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Change text on disabled menu entries

If a user hasn't copied anything, would it be a good idea to disable the "Paste" menu entry and replace the text with "Nothing to Paste" instead of just disabling it? Menus aren't always static, ...
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Is it ok to disable the next button until all of the required fields on a wizard form have been completed? [duplicate]

I'm considering disabling the next and done buttons on my wizard until all of the required fields on the corresponding step have been completed. My first thought is that if something shouldn't be ...
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How to best represent a description field load from Database, never editable

In a old mfc application i've some fields that are the decodification of others fields. For example, in the image below, i can edit the "title" dropdown with values Mr, Mrs ecc, and in the field next ...
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De-emphasise text box without making it look disabled

I would like to de-emphasise the contents of the following text fields when one of the dropdowns is selected. I do not want to turn them grey as that would suggest they are disabled. They effectively ...
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Option depends on global settings specified elsewhere - how do I make this clear?

I've got a checkbox option 'show feature', that a client can enable or disable. This is an individual setting for each instance. However, each instance depends on the global settings, which determine ...
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Should my dropdown of recently used items show items I no longer have access to

We are implementing a client for our document management system. Part of this is the checkin screen where one of the fields a user chooses is the folder where the document should be checked into. ...