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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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"Add" button on multiselection dialog when no selection has yet been made - active or inactive?

Looking at a dialog with a simple interaction (multi-selection table with checkboxes at front and [Add] and [Cancel] buttons in the Dialog footer), but complex data (two-level hierarchy, several ...
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What is better for UX/UI if phasing out features- hiding or disabling buttons/menus

We are in the process of phasing out certain features within our application. We are discontinuing some functionalities. Based on UI/UX studies, should we disabled buttons and menus or we should hide/...
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Which is better for a tab component: hiding or disabling tabs?

I have a tabs component that is always shown to the user. During the loading phase a spinner appears to the right of the title of each tab. When loading is complete I don't know if it's better to hide ...
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Disable cancel button in dialog during of performing action

I have a closable modal dialog with primary action "Add". Dialog can be closed without applying of changes by clicking on "Cancel" button, or by clicking on icon "close", ...
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Display disabled or hide an action that will never again be possible for an item?

I have an admin Backoffice. I have item lists with an action button on each item. Several actions are available. When an action is temporarily unavailable, I've decided to disable it. But sometimes an ...
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How to inform user they canot remove an element?

So I am working on a software for repair and maintenance companies right now. We are going to have a customer database. Once you add a customer to the database, you can only remove them if there are ...
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Permanently disabled checkbox?

Suppose I have a GPS assistant function that the user can turn on/off. When enabled, the function has a few options related to it. The user can turn these on or off too, except for the Suggested route ...
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What to do when user is offline?

I am working on an app where there is a function for driving directions - the user chooses their preferred map app (Google Maps, Apple Maps, Waze), then they are sent to that app with the address ...
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How to handle conditional dropdown lists

My form has two fields. The first one is a dropdown list displaying a list of categories, and the second one is a data list that displays a list of users. The data list options depend on the category ...
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Form input: Hidden vs Disabled, after changing default option

Currently, I am designing a form that has a radiobutton group for a certain question, that affects whether a second radiobutton group is relevant to them or not. Now I've been researching on what is ...
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How to handle blocking UI elements while waiting for server response

Lately I've been using React + Formik to create great user experiences. I've a question about blocking the UI when the XHR is still processing. Imagine a register form with only a sign up button. As ...
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Communicate that an object in the toolbar cannot be added to the document a second time

I'm working on a toolbar containing objects that can be dragged into documents. You can also click on these objects to add them to the document. Some of these objects have restrictions and can be ...
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What order should the list of options be after 1 more option gets disabled?

Designing an app feature that lets a group of users register for multiple accounts in certain situations. The 1st screen shows that 4 users, who are in the system, and 1 user is already registered ...
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How to display context dependent buttons in a row

I work in an internal application for my company. I have a table displaying documents sent for digital signing, with a last column used for displaying buttons with several actions available to each ...
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Adding Users to a list

I'm trying to create a smooth way of adding users into a list on a page. The user has to add email and full name for a user. And at least 1 user should be added before being allowed to proceed. Step ...
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Gray-out conundrum

As we're approaching the release date for v2.5.0 of Rubberduck (an open-source VBIDE add-in), we're facing a bit of a dilemma regarding a specific type of tree nodes in one of our toolwindows: The ...
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Should a Save button be disabled if there have been no changes made?

I have a desktop application, and in this application, there is a non-modal dialog where a user can make changes to something. The dialog has a Close button and a Save button. The Save button does not ...
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Accessibility Guidelines for saving changes to boolean controls in a web app

We currently have some settings pages in a web app where there is a list of controls with checkboxes, so you can enable/disable certain features. We also have a save option below these that is ...
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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," &...
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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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