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Using a dropdown split button for 'Log In'

Something isn't sitting right but I can't tell what it is. I've not seen this pattern before. Can you spot the UX/UI deficiencies in this proposed pattern? Or are you fine with it? This is found on ...
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Lostness metric

Has anyone used the Lostness metric? I'm trying to use it to benchmark a navigation scheme. One of the variables (R) is the minimum number of screens that must be visited to complete a task. I ...
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How to deal with jumps in a navigation flow?

Say you have features A and B with following pages: A: List -> Detail -> Edit B: List -> Detail -> Edit On page Edit (B) you have a dropdown to select a record of type A. You might want ...
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What is the most popular shortcut used for custom in-page search on a web site?

I am looking to use javascript to trigger focus on a search field inside a web page when a keyboard shortcut is pressed. People dislike it when ctrl-f is overridden, because it prevents the user from ...
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Hiding and showing menu items in an application based on state

I have an interface with a list of menu items which will take a user to different product features. The features a categorized as follows: Feature' access is controlled with user role (roles don't ...
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What's the consensus on Top vs Left Navigation logged in vs logged out?

So for my companies website, which is for a finTech product, our logged out view has a classic header with all the key pages spaced along the top. However once logged in, which gives access to our ...
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How can a user tab through content with TAB key if there are no links or buttons?

Okay, I am building a website that is accessible using the keyboard. However there are some pages where there is no focus-able content - no links, forms or buttons. When the users presses the TAB key (...
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Top nav bar with only CTA's?

I've tried Googling, but didn't find anything concrete. What are your thoughts about the top nav bar of a volunteering platform containing only a sign in and sign up CTA and no other navigation links? ...
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Usability disadvantages to an Opera-style menu as the standard navigation model for web sites?

Premises: (1) Opera-style menu refers to a navigation menu which shows or hides when you click anywhere on the left edge of the application window. It must have been introduced by the original Opera ...
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Letting user know that button is for picture and update data?

We have a mobile app where the information is updated when the user takes a picture. I'm attaching the screen. As you can see there's a huge button that says "Update Information (by just taking a ...
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Tab based main navigation - best way to display current page for secondary icon based navigation

What is the best way to show a page is a current page being viewed for a secondary navigation item that is icon based when the main navigation is tabbed-based? A selected state for the icon, or are ...
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What's the name of a side contents that changes heading as you scroll down the page?

I want to learn more about contents menus like the one on the right of the apple developer guidance that moves as you scroll down, but I can't find the right terms to search for: https://developer....
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Why do many modern web apps keep adding back functionality?

Is it really creating a good experience if we implement the back button inside the app? If yes, then how? I was unable to understand why users wouldn’t like to use the browser back button. Many new ...
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Multiple Navigation Options

I'm facig kind of a problem having to many navigation layers, my next step it's to try to reagroup some tabs but basically my client wants something like that. What do you think about it? any ideas? ...
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Can we use the breadcrumbs just like pagination where a user can go back and forth between the pages?

I want the user to be able to go back and forth on any of these pages. And this is all pdf pages, and the important thing is the hierarchy. In the sales order we are informing how much we will charge ...
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Help with naming a certain "tag" on screens

I'm currently working on a no-code platform that has screens with lots of information/data/boards etc. Some of these screens are visible entirely, and others are only visible through other screens, in ...
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Daily maintenance tasks vs. set-and-forget

The scenario: An enterprise software product has a heavy navigation system and a vast amount of functions. It's important to keep the number of primary-level tabs at a minimum, because the menu is ...
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How is the first 'page' of a tabbed layout represented on a sitemap?

I understand that tabbed navigation is a lateral pattern, but I'm unclear on how this is represented on a sitemap? Is the first tab visualized as a parent screen to the adjacent tabs because it is ...
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Chevron Usage in Menu Items

In a banking mobile app, all menu items have chevrons but some of them open bottom sheet instead of going to a new page. In the example below, Menu Item 1 can open a bottom sheet where as Menu Item 2 ...
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Why not embed payment pages in the same page?

In my experience, when purchasing something online, the checkout page of the vendor usually redirects to a payment gateway of the company handling the payments. I insert my credit card details on the ...
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Rethinking the header - its visual weight and its navigation purposes

Introduction: A web site's navigation menus usually get placed at: a) the top area of a web page - filling the header, that is; b) the top (the header), on demand - by means of a hamburger menu button;...
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Bad wizard navigation?

I'm working on an installation guide, or "wizard", for a web application. The installation guide will be quite complex, with many different steps, each taking up around a minute or two for ...
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What justifies a full page modal navigation?

What arguments support having a full page modal acting as a hub that takes you to different actions / pages that are linked together? For instance imagine an app where you manage recipes, you would ...
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Tap takes you to next screen VS Tap enables "Continue" button

I'm designing a flow that contains screens where the user has to select an option among the available ones. For now we will not allow to select more than one, but maybe in the future it will be ...
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Should an app remember its last state after re-opening from background by push notification?

Imagine this scenario: There's a mobile app. The user navigates between different app pages. The last page the user visits is the Edit profile form. Then the user goes to the iPhone home screen, which ...
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In B2B applications where are the T&C and Privacy policy placed usually?

I'm designing the legal modules for a B2B application that is accessed via a browser. This application mainly shows different kinds of performance reports. When logging in for the 1st time, users need ...
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New link to a new web page in navigation

I have been asked to add a link to the sites current navigation that links to a new page added to the site. As this is a small change to the nav, adding one link to a drop down menu, is there an ...
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Having the same form fields in two different places

I'm working on a project for an educational technology platform. Essentially, there's a set of 3 settings that are required to make an assignment a "common assessment": 1.) "Is this ...
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How to show a large amount of values in a vertical bar chart

Designing a dashboard that includes a section with 70-80 temperature readings sorted from high to low. given the limited space in the screen, i can only a show a limited amount of them. My question is,...
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Are there studies on how the back button is used? [duplicate]

I'm wondering if there is some research on how the back button is used in browsers and what their expectations are. Personally I've noticed that I don't use the back button that much. In some ...
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Should a 'Profile' menu ever contain navigation links specific to the user (e.g. 'My Reports')?

I’m new to the community and fairly new to UX design in general and would really appreciate some input… I’m designing a new navigation for an eLearning platform. It’s a comprehensive site, with all ...
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How to use back button or navigation in app?

How do you decide the navigation method to use, whether backwards or hierarchy navigation? For example, users are navigating on the app, and they received a push notification which leads them to open ...
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Deep tree navigation with possible actions at any point

I'm building a tree structure navigation that could go quite deep. Actions can be performed at child level but you can also select any point of the tree navigation and use an action that will switch ...
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How to distinguish between a selected and important menu item?

If you wanted a user to distinguish if a menu item is important and not selected. How will you represent the difference between the selected and the important menu item? The only idea I would come up ...
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Is it good practice to allow users to navigate simply by hovering on a menu item without clicking?

A pattern I have noticed recently on some (desktop) websites is that users can navigate simply by hovering on menu items. While this is more efficient (fewer clicks) it feels unexpected and therefore ...
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Full width nav bar vs fixed width

I see a lot of websites where the main content and main menu bar (logo, menu, login/signup) have a fixed max width, even when the user is on a wide monitor (>= 1920px). The logo lines up with the ...
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What should we call the mouse-over heading link pattern, and where is it best documented?

I want to be able to refer to the UI pattern where each heading / h-tag on the page is automatically turned into an appropriately named link, and hovering on the heading reveals an icon that can be ...
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Handling stacked item pages - Mobile

I've been currently redesigning a mobile app that handles online shopping. Stumbled onto a problem that might not be a problem, but it feels inefficient and I'm looking for maybe some different ...
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navigation bar as drag and drop component

For a plafform for build mobile apps, I'm working in a concept about how to propose a flexible personalization of navigation bars (bottom and top). The technical solution proposed by developpers is ...
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Dot navigation with TOC?

Reading this old question/answers, it's true that navigation dots is something not extremely necessary although it's established as a norm. I found a fairly technical web page where the content of ...
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Why is the keyboard navigation and selection different for a group of checkboxes vs radio?

We are working on a multi-step survey flow that involves both single select radio options and multi-select checkbox options. We want to make sure it is easy to use for Keyboard users and have been ...
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Navigate with tab key and use text editor with tab key

We have an application that includes a text editor. As you know, it is a good practice on the web to let the user also navigate with the tab key (WCAG 2.1.1, 2.1.2). My question is that if you need to ...
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How can I show users that an element is a 3d model that can be rotated?

I have an important element on my website that can be 3d rotated if the user clicks or touch and drag to the sides. When running a few tests with people, I noticed they skip it through it and never ...
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"Back to category" button for product belonging to multiple categories

I'm working on an e-commerce website and I'm faced with this issue: I need to place a "Back to category" button on my product pages but some of these products are linked to 2 or 3 different ...
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Asking users how did you hear about us - influenced my marketing

This is a step that has been influenced by marketing people. The step is now in the middle of the user's task, interrupting them from getting a service quote straight away. Now, because I'm trying to ...
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What was the inspiration and logic behind the Ipod click-wheel, and why did it die out

Maybe some of you have been lucky enough to use the early versions of the iPod, where we use a circular gesture with the click wheel to perform some functions, from navigating songs, to changing the ...
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Where do I place a side navigation panel for wide screen displays?

I'm building a UI with a side panel for navigation links. The content of the page would have a max-width while the sidebar stays fixed when scrolling the content. I'm not sure where to place the ...
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What's the best practice for placement of settings menu in a webapp or website?

I was wondering is there any reason behind placing "settings" alongside other menu items and placing it inside profile or some other menu? Can anyone tell me what's the difference?
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Are global gateway splash screens still a UX best practice?

I was reading about Global Gateway ui/ux design and I've found out that there are two kinds: the "Global Gateway Splash Screen" and the "Permanent Global Gateway". A Global ...
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Is a good user experience to display actions on the top of the screen on the web?

Navigation on the top of the screen is common on the web. To add actions like "Edit", "See details", "Copy" in the navbar is more specific on the desktop. Fluent UI, ...

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