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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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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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File manager user interface

I have a unique file management system requirement to allow documents to be available to vendors. It will be used on a PC and not a mobile device. There will always be three levels, and 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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Folders and Tagging pattern for a shared files?

I'm developing a user interface for an enterprise product that has programs that are created, run, and shared by members of an organization (i.e. a company). I want users to be able to easily find ...
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What's the best way to let a user show/select filetypes?

I have this app where file types define the allowable files that a user can submit. What's the best way to let user show/select any filetypes? See my two potential solutions below. Is there another ...
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Do nested hierarchies of folders make sense to novice users?

I'm wondering whether there's any evidence that nested hierarchies of folders make sense to novice users. I may be wrong, but I think the complexity or difficulty of finding a file in an organized or ...
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Can we assume a file stored in the cloud and link saved in the pocket app, are same?

Let’s imagine a user uses a cloud service (for example Google Drive) for: Only backing up his data Accessing files from different locations and different devices To expand the storage capacity of ...
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What is the standard design pattern for file sharing?

I want to know if there is any design pattern for file sharing between devices or users. How can I chop down some steps without compromising the user experience for the file sharing. Actually, the ...
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Attaching files other than pictures to a mobile form

Client has a desktop-only website that is migrating to be responsive. Contact us form has a button to attach a file (not necessary a picture). My thought is: attaching a file with a phone is arduous. ...
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Should archived files (.zip, .gz, .7z, etc) have a subdirectory with the same name or not?

Whenever I unzip a compressed file (let's call it "file.zip"), my instinct is always to unzip it into a subdirectory called "file". However, this always often to me unzip it into "file\file" and ...
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when to ask for validation prompt?

I have a scenario where a user uploads documents to a system. the user selects from their hard drive a document. This is added to a screen where the user can add meta data to the file (first upload ...
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What is the usability benefit of “drag files/images here”?

I often see upload dialogs asking the user to drag a file into a highlighted area: This is an alternative to the classic file chooser dialog. How does the drag-and-drop-option improve the usability?...
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Should Operating Systems Hide Sizes of Files/Folders the User is Denied Access to?

If there are files or folders the current user should be denied access to, should their sizes be displayed when the user asks, for example with the ls -l command on Linux or the places the Windows ...
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User interactions with file systems

I was in a meeting the other day discussing file formats with my colleagues. I was not happy with the outcome. Long story short, the key point made was that you cannot trust a user to keep the file ...
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Loading several files

I am part of application development team. We are writing an application which takes several geographic files (shape files) and finds where a coordinate intersects with each of the files I would like ...
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Show file size of (inline) linked downloads?

Should we show the file size of downloads linked on a web page? For download sites (e.g. file hosting services), the answer is obviously yes. But what about websites that offer downloads only ...
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What is the most familiar wording of linking to a PDF file?

For certain industries and user-bases, it can make sense to include a link to a PDF version of a HTML web page — so that visitors can either view or download it. From a recognizability and ...
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Force a PDF download vs allowing the user to view in browser first

Every once in a while, I come across a business requirement asking me to force a PDF document to be downloaded from a website instead of opened in the user's browser. While I question this every time ...
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How to handle a lot of generated report files?

A PC program lets the user work on a large amount of sets of data. A new feature will be the generation of report files. The user, while viewing or editing one of the sets of data in a quite complex ...
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How much should I automatically sanitize filenames for compatibility?

I'm writing a program for Mac OS X that allows the user to drag a row from a list in the application to Finder, where it automatically exports the data represented by the row to a file named after the ...
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Why does MS Outlook Express store data in a hidden folder? [closed]

Microsoft Outlook Express stores your email files in a hidden data folder buried deep in the user's home folder. I can't understand why they chose to do this. It makes it nearly impossible to ...
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Best way to specify the path on where to install something

I have encountered this annoyance a thousand times when installing software: setting the path on where to install the software. Too many times have I been into the trouble of cleaning up a messy ...
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Saving multiple files on program close

I have a Windows desktop application that can handle multiple files open on one canvas (in one instance of the program). You can modify and save each file individually, or all in one go. If a user ...
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convention for file attaching on mobile

I'm building an app where the user needs to enter input on form fields.One of the inputs is to attach a file, it can be any file or it can a photo from a gallery. I placed inside the form itself a ...
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Current recommendations: filesize of images and entire webpage?

What are the current recommendations for maximum file-sizes of inline img in websites? Is there an upper limit that the entire page shouldn't exceed if it is image-heavy? You often hear 0.5 MB ...
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File Management As A UX Team

Working on a UX team, we've been looking at ways to improve the experience for our own workers in getting their job done and I was curious how other teams have approached file management. In the ...