Questions tagged [mouse]

Questions relating to the use of the common pointing device.

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Is it safe to assume everyone uses / has mouse wheels?

Is it safe to assume all users are aware of using the mouse wheel to scroll and that all users have a mouse wheel on their mouse? I'm hoping to implement a scrollbar which stays hidden even when you ...
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What percent of internet users use mouse back/forward versus the browser back/forward buttons?

I personally almost never use the browser buttons and I imagine it's the same for most tech savvy users but I want to know what the usage patterns are like for the rest of the population. From my own ...
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Is there any working straight or reflected mouse cursor theme? [closed]

OK, it's clear that mouse cursor has it's shape by historical reasons. But since 1995, didn't anybody make usable straight or reflected mouse cursor? MS Word uses reflected mouse cursor sometimes. But ...
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Are there any recent studies of the "Keyboard vs Mouse"-issue?

Back in the late 80's, Apple Human Interface concluded that the mouse is faster than the keyboard, objectively. But also that every test person subjectively thought that the keyboard was faster. ...
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Best practices/rationale for unified vs separate keyboard/mouse navigation of lists?

Context I'm in the process of designing/implementing a filterable object creation palette with categorized results for a visual content creation application. I'm trying to decide how to handle ...
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Clicker Training - Effects when using computer mouse and keyboard?

I am kinda wondering whether the clicking sound of a computer mouse has a passive or active effect like the one used in clicker trainer. In clicker training, a trainer would use a sound cue (can also ...
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user interaction: different ways of visualizing data

I have a project which contains a piechart. Every group in the piechart has its key, value, percentage and a description. Of the ways shown below, which is the best to visualize the data? Is there a ...
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Why is the mouse cursor slightly tilted and not straight?

Is this a legacy thing or does a tilted cursor serves a purpose? I can tell that, the angle provides a totally vertical left edge which helps when highlighting text but what else apart from that? ...
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How can I make it obvious that a page element is to be hovered over?

On my webpage I have five boxes containing the names of each step in a five step process. When the user hovers over one of the boxes, it expands and shows text explaining that process. How can I ...
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When to use reversed/mirror arrow cursor?

Is there an established pattern for when to use a reversed (right-pointing) arrow? I most frequently notice it in Outlook on part--but not all--of messages in my inbox: My Google-fu failed at finding ...
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Should the middle mouse button close tabs?

Most modern web browsers now close tabs when the middle mouse button is clicked on them, is this an expected behavior for other applications where tabs cans can be opened, closed and changed whilst ...
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Keyboard shortcuts for special zoom mode

I'm designing an editing program (Mac/Windows) that has a slightly unusual scheme for zooming and controlling the mouse cursor: a normal mode in which the cursor works normally, and a special mode in ...
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When to start opening the select list? On mousedown? Or on click? And Why?

Component: select aka. dropdown Platform/system: web, non-touch device (laptop with trackpad or desktop with a mouse) Is there a guideline, convention, or some studies done which can help developers/...
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Should I use the terminology left/right click?

When instructing users which mouse button to click an element with, it seems standard practice to use the phrase 'left/right click': To download the file, 'right click' the link and choose 'Save ...
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when to use "wait" and when "busy" mouse cursor

I am developing a desktop application with Qt framework. When there is a task running which causes the UI to be blocked for a while, I would like to use a mouse cursor indicating that the user should ...
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Who created the Mac Mickey pointer cursor?

I just found out why the mouse cursor is slightly tilted*, and asked myself why the pointer cursor is a little Mickey hand. Do you guys know why is it like this and who invented it? Related Question: ...
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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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What is the difference between a mouseover and a hoverover? [closed]

I have seen both a 'mouseover' and a 'hoverover' referring to the same thing - but it is not clear if there is a difference. Is there a functional difference between the two terms, or are they ...
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Is it easier to move the mouse from right to left or vice versa?

In an ergonomic sense, is it easier to move the mouse from left to right or right to left? The reason I'm asking is to find out which side to place two modals, the contents of modal A will be dragged ...
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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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Why is the hand symbol used for the hand-cursor?

The question Why is the mouse cursor slightly tilted and not straight? brought up this related question. Why is the hand symbol used instead of any other symbol, say a spade, for the purpose of a ...
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Comparing mouse + Keyboard vs Touch Screen Input Devices?

Is there any research that compares the User Experience of using the mentioned Input Devices ? Thanks Edit: Basically for my dissertation i'm planning on creating a usable interface for a voting ...
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Semantic names for shift-click and ctrl(or cmd)-click?

I'm implementing something that uses shift-click and ctrl-click (cmd on the Mac) in the normal way. Shift-click lets you select a range of elements and ctrl-click lets you toggle the selection of ...
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Which is more important, less mouse distance to travel or visual consistency?

I have an interface that I am currently working on that asks the user to make a choice of a single item. These items are divided into 3 separate categories and the client has insisted that each ...
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Why are keyboards, mice designed to make sound when pressed and clicked?

Why are PC keyboards designed to be audible when they are pressed? That, IMHO, is a totally unnecessary thing as it generates noise that might disturb a peer who is studying nearby. The other thing ...
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Why are different cursors used when hovering over buttons in Gmail?

In the Gmail interface they are not consistent in which cursor they use on button/link hover. They use the "hand" pointer for: Links in the sidebar(mail, contacts, inbox, starred etc..) The mails ...
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Typical mouse hover position - left or right side of the screen?

I'm curious if anyone knows what the typical mouse hover position is for a user browsing the web? I believe it's the right side of the screen, for proximity with scrollbars (and because that's where ...
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Best mouse interaction on knob (dial/rotary controller)

I'm creating a custom skeumorphic dial and I have some doubts about what could be the better way of interacting with it using the mouse, which should be as intuitive and effective as possible. Right ...
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What's the approppriate term for the window under the mouse cursor?

In an app I'm writing, the user has the choice to apply a given action to either the "focused window", the "topmost window" or the "window that's being pointed by the mouse". Is there a way to refer ...
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Are 12000 dpi laser mice overpowered for the human wrist?

So I've seen laser mice become more and more powerful over time, with newer models supporting increasing levels of "DPI". The latest ones I've seen support up to 12000 dpi. But what does this mean? ...
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Why do Macs only have one mouse button?

Why do Apple Macintoshes only have one mouse button? It seems useful to have at least a second one for options that aren't regularly used.
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What does the mouse path tell you about your flow

When doing user tests I discovered a recurring mouse path among testers. When asking them during a task to go back to the previous screen, the mouse was 'zig zagging'. The mouse went to the main menu ...
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Should double click be avoided in web applications?

I find that double click is a great gesture that could be successfully used in graphical interfaces but for some reason has negative connotation on the web. Should it be avoided at all costs?
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How long (in milliseconds) is long enough to decide a user is actually hovering over an element?

I'm improving a widget that expands a dropdown list on hover. One of the customers implementing the widget has requested a delay so we don't just slide up / down the drawer when a user is simply ...
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How much the scroll wheel should zoom in and out?

I am creating a application using Game Maker 8 and it has a zoom feature, where you can zoom in and out using the scroll wheel. For now, I am using a simple formula of adding or subtracting 10% of the ...
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Why Facebook and Linkedin use a slider to scale/edit users' profile image instead of mouse middle button scrolling?

Our team is working on a product which has a feature that allow users to upload their avatar and edit it. Originally, we would like it to be like google (you can edit the size & position of the ...
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Long press action clue/indicator

On a desktop and touch devices, I'd like to know is there is a way to tell the user that some control could be clicked (one action) and long pressed (another action)? Real-world example: We have ...
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Why does the mouse cursor switch direction over line numbers in programming IDEs?

When you mouse over line numbers in IDEs, such as Visual Studio or Notepad++, the mouse cursor is flipped horizontally. I can't think of a reason this would be a ubiquitous user interface decision. ...
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Usability of built-in trackpads in laptops

I am wondering if there has been any studies on the usability of trackpads in laptop computers because they have always seem rather awkward to use yet have become standard with laptops. It doesn't ...
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Smoothly transitioning from mouse drag to text entry

I have an application I'm working on where a portion of the interface is very mouse-centric. You drag the mouse to create/manipulate regions, then assign properties to those regions. Below is an ...
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What is the best way to indicate a web page element has right click functionality? [duplicate]

Normally on the web, a right mouse click makes a browser menu appear. I am building a rich web application and most UI elements will have context menus with applicable actions on right click. What ...
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Conventional keyboard modifier for expanding/collapsing hierarchical tree view

I have a large tree view where users will often want to fully expand or collapse a particular tree. I'm providing a context menu with both of these choices, but I'd also like to allow the user to hold ...
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Middle button on Touchpad [closed]

I had never seen live any laptop which touchpad block includes a middle mouse button. It always brings only left and right mouse buttons. So the question is: what can I do to achieve the effect of ...
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Multi-range Slider for Budget Allocation

I'm currently designing a slider that will be used to allocate a fixed budget to different channels. I posted some shots of the current design below. Right now, it's possible to simply drag the slider ...
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What's the best way to refer to a context menu in documentation?

It used to be that you could tell a user (in documentation or in onscreen prompts) to, let's say, "Click a button, or right-click to display a menu." Nowadays, there are multiple ways to display a ...
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force-click vs secondary click (right click) in OS X?

I've been trying to understand the conceptual difference between a force-click and a secondary click (aka right click) on a Mac. Conceptually, what is a force click supposed to do? Is there a ...
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Is a Long mouse click a valid and usable interaction pattern on a PC environment?

In a PC environment I have a virtual keypad interface for phone dialing purposes. I need both a clear character function and a clear field function. Is it OK to append both functions to a single ...
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Why did Windows add a pointer trail feature?

So Windows has had, for a while now, a pointer trail feature under the visibility section. But that's something I don't understand. The pointer trail itself is something I find to be annoying, and I ...
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How to get users to tab through forms instead of mouse-picking?

Is there a way to teach, persuade or force users to learn to use the Tab and Enter keys to navigate simple forms, instead of clicking the next field with the mouse? This is such a productivity-killer ...
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Turning knobs with mouse wheel

When presenting (in a simulator) a user interface, that normally uses turning knobs, how should the mouse wheel map to the turning of the drawn knob? I am looking at a simulator which draws a bunch ...