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A file is a discrete data structure in an operating system, that may encode any of a number of sorts of data (eg. a picture, song, video, piece of text, or web page).

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Limit selectable file-types or show error messages?

some users try to upload img/heic although only jpg, png or pdf are allowed. in the best case our backend should also support img/heic. However, our backend system will not support img/heic for a long ...
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Global vs contextual file dropzones

Our application provides a global dropzone for convenient uploads into a media library - you drag a file, and an overlay for the entire page tells you that you can drop it anytime. However, on certain ...
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When uploading different file types what is preferred that comes first file selection or asking the user to identify the type of file?

When having users upload a mixed set of file types that could be used for different purposes is it better to have the user select the files for upload from the system or ask what the files are for ...
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How do you make it obvious that the entire page is a drop zone?

We're building a feature where our users can upload files to their dashboards. In addition to being able to view their files, I would like the users to be able to drag and drop files onto the page (...
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Is there any drawbacks in continuing to copy files in background when conflict occurs?

Any time I see this dialog, the whole process stops. It happens in standard OS file manager, FileZilla, MEGA (cloud) and other file managing software. It always bothered me when I can't answer to ...
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"Non-exclusive categorical organization" (of files, database entries, etc.)

Hopefully this question fits here. I had it posted on another stackexchange site and it was deleted for being off topic--but the problem is this doesn't fit neatly into a topic. It lies on the border ...
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Best UX pattern for uploading multiple pictures on a mosaic

I am building an online print on demand tool. The final result is a physical object with several faces, each face containing an user-uploaded picture. I want users to be able to upload a pictures from ...
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Editing test case data inside of a coding problem editor

I'm making an LMS web application which allows teachers to create programming exercises. A programming exercise has one or more test cases, i.e. pair of input and expected output that a student's ...
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How should software tools interpret relative paths in settings files?

I write a lot of software tools to simplify tasks. Some of these follow a workflow like this: In the terminal I type the command to invoke the tool The tool reads some configuration file from disk ...
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Should auto-renamed files get consecutive numbers?

If we select a bunch of files and bulk-rename them all to "Name", they will usually get names like "Name(1)", "Name(2)", "Name(3)" etc. If then we go on to ...
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Uploading and categorizing files thereafter - What is the best way to upload these files?

We are building a feature where users can upload their files. Idea (A): Because multiple files can be uploaded by the user, one idea was to use a drop zone. The user is able to select a Category even ...
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Need design that allows users to pick from existing documents

A key feature of our product (which creates legal documents for companies) is our data room, which stores their corporate documents. The data room has a large directory of pre-existing folders that ...
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Best way to show attachments

I've designed an HTML table where each row can contain attachments. Each row has a grey paper clip icon which, when clicked, opens a file selector. The user can then upload file(s) to S3. After a ...
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Asking the user to select two items (which file & file format) before clicking download button

I have a scenario where users can download report files. There are three types of files available in three different formats (.txt, .csv, .xls). I am giving checkbox for the types so that user can ...
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Adding extra information to a file that's being uploaded via dropzone

We're redesigning a file upload experience. The use case is to add supporting documentation to a support ticket. The user selects a file, indicates the document type, and then clicks Upload. Once ...
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Should a "Save as New" or "Duplicate" button open the new file, or keep the original file open?

It seems like the current UX pattern is to have both files open at once. If you can only have one file open at a time, should you open the new file or keep the original file open?
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Tiles or Grid as default view ? (for files) [closed]

Are there any statistics on whether users use more often list/tiles view in their file drives? e.g file explorer, mac finder, G-drive, Drop-box, OneDrive... I know the value of each display but want ...
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How to display Timestamps which are unambiguous?

Problem: I need to name log files in such a way that the file name is unambiguous to humans. My initial solution was to go from largest to smallest unit with zero padding each unit... ...
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Visualize file relations

I'm desiging an interface where file relations are a bit complicated and I could really use some help on how to visualize them. Basically, it's a programme where you can change different kinds of ...
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What file enforcement should be set on file upload for best user experience?

We make website and we want our users to do things as they are supposed to. But it's not like everyone knows everythings... I'm creating a website ashiane.house that suppose to allow user to share ...
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Should I use SVG or PNG in Xamarin Forms for iOS and Android? [closed]

If we use PNG - for iOS we will use @x1 @x2 @x3 size per image (which is just a click a way in Zeplin/Sketch). For Android around 5 image sizes, meaning we have to maintain 8 PNG images per graphic ...
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Attachments to a video event

Let's assume that there is a video event platform. When a host creates an event they can attach some files to it. These files are stored permanently for all the participants even after the event ends. ...
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Why is the file icon usually folded from the right corner?

I'm doing a bit of iconography which got me thinking about the standard icon for a document / file shown below: Why do the majority of these icons have the folder corner on the right hand side? Why ...
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Windows vs. Linux file managers: Sorting triangles point in opposite directions?

Windows Explorer's sorting triangles: ▼ Larger and newer files first. Various Linux file managers: ▼ Smaller files first. ▲Larger files first. Why is there possibly that distinction? And which one is ...
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Need ideas for a better bulk file uploader for multiple files

So here is the situation. I am designing a content management system that handles content for Publishers (Books, Journals, Magazines etc.). Here are the steps the user will take in my CMS: User ...
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Searching through .rtf files in table grids

question - this is a table, and the user is trying to search for keywords under the column 2. However, the column 2 has a list of .rtf files. Can they search for a keyword inside the .rtf? Any advice/...
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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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"Add attachment/file" button for a mobile app?

I'm re-designing a part of a mobile-first app for reading and answering customer feedback. My problem is: How would you display a button for uploading attachments/files in an interface that is going ...
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Standard or expected behaviour after file is added

I know that there is a very similar question to the question that I am asking here: Expected behaviour after file upload So I will do my best to highlight the difference. What I am referring to is ...
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"Use samples" "Upload samples" for a button?

It's a web app that allows you to translate text files you upload. If you don't have any files to upload but want to test the app we allow you to use some samples. They aren't added to the project ...
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Migrating files structure to the cloud, should all files be copied?

We are in the process of moving all our files (sitting on windows file servers) to Google Drive. I anticipate that the users will be using more of the search capabilities of Google Drive than ...
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Data Download Messaging Guidelines

Researching the timeout question for data downloads. Given some are instantaneous and others can take minutes, looking for current perspective on How long will a user wait for a data download before ...
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Displaying actions for item lists

I have a tablet based application, that shows folders and files. I did it a bit like Dropbox did. Left view a list of the folders in the current "opened" folder, right view the a list of files in the ...
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"Starred" or "Favorited" items in an organizational app

I am designing an organizational app, and, per the specs, it has a "favorites" tag/shortcut/folder. This would exist alongside folders and tags. In your experience, is it a good idea to include "...
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Should I show the max. allowed file size in an upload form?

My website contains a form that allows users to upload and attach scanned documents (.jpg, .pdf, ...) to their order. The documents are pretty small in file size (~ 200 KB up to ~ 10 MB, depending on ...
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UX guidelines for writing into log files?

Do you know a set of guidelines for writing into a log file? The file can be long, it should contain a log message per line, including dates and system feedback / audit actions. I may contain user ...
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What are best practices for naming convention, hierarchy structure for shared drives? [closed]

I'm working on a project to organize a Google Drive used to share company folders and files. I don't want to make changes for the sake of change. I do want to base the changes on a well documented ...
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Best way to upload linked files

In one of my web projects the user has the option to upload XML file. In some cases the XML file could link to XSD files, which means that the XSD files have to be uploaded too. But the web browsers (...
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How to deal with files in use?

There is a file manager in my application, where teachers can share files with other teachers. Files such as documents and images can be inserted into the learning course for students. Once your ...
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Are voice messages part of File manager

I am currently working on an app similar to Whats-app where user can send voice messages. I am building a file manager where people can see their shared documents and images. Me and my colleague are ...
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The universal empty state message

There is a file manager in my application, which can contain documents, images, audio files etc. What would be the best empty state message for empty folders, empty search results etc?
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Comments and Attachments UX

I'm trying to find examples of sites which have the ability to make a comment and add multiple attachments to said comment. So far, the only example I have found of this is teamgantt.com which is kind ...
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"Link", "Alias" or "Create shortcut" in WP Media Library

Introduction Here you can see a folder structure within a media library (Wordpress). Now, I want to make it very userfriendly to make it possible, that a file can be in multiple folders. The user ...
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Displaying duplicate files

I've written a small desktop app that searches for duplicate files (by content) in one folder or more and lets the user open each file or delete it using a context menu. The problem I face now is how ...
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How should we handle sample files within our application?

We have a Windows desktop application used by engineers with a mix of experience levels. We have several sample files that we ship with the program. We can install them more or less wherever we want. ...
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What file size is considered large over mobile network?

What file size is considered "large" when downloading over a mobile network. For example, if a user comes to check a bunch of PDF's uploaded by an admin, at what time should (s)he be warned about the ...
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When showing a list of files, is there a preference between 'Recently Used' and 'Frequently Used'?

I see Google has implemented the recently used section in Google Drive but not Frequently used files. Same goes with Finder in Mac which shows 'All Recent Files'. What is the reason for this? Is ...
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'Share' or 'Export' to get data out of an application

I want to explore a modern approach to exporting data from an application which has become popular on mobile devices. Historically we'd have a button in our desktop applications: Export That might ...
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Should the filesystem tables be "used space" on a disk?

When quoting disk space, should I quote the partition size as the "total size" and include the filesystem tables (the space occupied by the filesystem itself) as "used space" (thus the disk will ...
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Necessary file download on first App launch

I am currently working on an Android app which needs to download some files (mostly graphics) from a server on the first launch. The reason for this is to keep the graphics out of the application file ...
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