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How do you give your user options without overloading them?

I was using WinSCP the other day for transferring files, when I came across this.. umm.. I'll call it a set of options, but it was more like an interview. Oh boy. I just want to move a file. Now I ...
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Is it possible to make a “good” options dialog?

One thing I'm struggling with, and have yet to see an example I'm happy with, is an options dialog (in a desktop app, if that makes any difference.) I'm having difficulties with my own, but they all ...
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Tick this checkbox if you DO NOT want.. underhanded tactics?

Very often when registering on a new site I see checkboxes with long explanations saying something along the lines of: Tick checkbox if you want to receive newsletters. This is not unusual but a ...
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Two forms to choose from, choose only one

I've got one screen with two API options available (web tool). Both forms include a title and two input fields. The user can only choose one API at the time. Now, I've tried checkboxes, a dropdown ...
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Should I provide the option to change the language in an app?

Smartphones settings allow you to choose a default language thereby ensuring your application displays in that language. Is it useful to provide an option to change this language within my application ...
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How to design a form that requires the user fill in one text field out of three

I am having a form where I want the user to fill in one text field out of 3. These 3 fields are used to identify other clients in different ways (Phone number, Email or Name). The last text field is a ...
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What voice should an option you don't want users to change be written in?

We have a form with a bunch of options that impact how our service will work for a given account. Most of them are positively-voiced questions ("Allow this to happen?"). There is one option that ...
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Selecting from 2 options where it can be either or both

I have a selection criteria where something is A, or B, or both A and B. It can't be neither. I'm trying to find a simple way to construct this. For a contrived example my options might be 'starter'...
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Meaning of Capitalization in Y/N Prompts

This issue came while running a script that requires a yes or no response before proceeding. Does the capitalization of the y and n usually matter? In this example... $copy_package some_package File ...
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adding items to a list

When adding items to a list, is it better to let the user... select the options first, then click 'add' to insert or click 'add' to insert blank item, then user selects options? download bmml ...
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Order of items in a checklist vs the order those items are checked off

I have a modal with a sidebar of checkboxes that, when checked, append options to a panel on the right for the user to customize. Example: My question: I currently have the items being appended ...
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Is it user-friendly to not provide the option to filter by price?

I'm currently working on an e-commerce website which sells magazines, books, subscriptions, and training materials. When the user searches for a product filter options are provided to refine his ...
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Having settings in edit mode across multiple tabs - confusing?

I'm trying to make an area where users view/edit the info for their customers less confusing. The current arrangement (which I've inherited) is below. The user clicks an "edit" button and the fields ...
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Is a “View” button necessary?

We have a table and on each of the rows, there's a set of actions possible. For example: Name | Date | Actions Mike 1-Jul-13 View Add Detail Delete Do we still need to put a ...
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Choosing between a default option and an occasional alternative action

I have an Outlook macro at work which pops up a panel every time you send an email, asking whether you'd like to file that email into various public folders. This is useful and we use it all the time ...
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When is configurable options/settings a bad thing in the context of admin/super-users?

More configurable options/settings can be problematic for usability and technical maintenance because of potential complexity. My view is that in a setting where the user is a super-user who requires ...
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How many “related content” options to offer users?

One of the projects I'm working on at the moment involves offering users related content once they've consumed whatever content is on the page. It's a bit like the Amazon-esque "users who liked this ...
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Prioritizing Items from a list of values

I want a user to prioritize 4 items from the highest to lowest priority without being able to select the same priority for each item for the registration process. So far this is the wireframe I have ...
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Break up options in a drop down by scope

I'm working on a social application whose main component we'll call Object. On the Object view there is a drop down that can contain as many as 9 options. Some of these options impact only a single ...
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Alternative design options to context menu on Windows Phone

On Windows Phone it's possible to provide a context menu to the user when an item is long pressed. I have a list of items (waypoints the user has added to a map) which I'd like the user to perform ...
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Showing single file download and multiple file download options?

Background We are creating wireframes for a website that acts as a repository for where users can download various files. Users should be allowed to download one file at a time and also multiple files ...
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Radio button groups with thumbnails

Please advise which of the following approaches is more usable: Switching images, all captions are visible: All images and captions are visible: Swithing captions, all images are visible:
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How can I allow multiple and explicit filters

There are N categories, each displays its own stuff when enabled. The user initially sees stuff from all categories (they are all enabled). Category actions: Disable a category. This shows stuff ...
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When are you giving the user too many options to choose from?

I have many screens in an app I am working on with a Date Range selection as part of a filter for some data (graphs, etc.). Currently the most typical options are "Previous Month", "Current Month", ...
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“Likes” vs “Vote Up” For Sharing Content

If content-curation comes from the users for a consumer-facing site and there's no "down-vote" option, are "likes" better or "votes" better? Here's my thoughts: "Like" provides a more friendly and ...
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Payment options Prepaid and paypal used incorrectly by customers

In our Online-Shop, we offer different payment options. The most important are "Prepay" and PayPal. With "Prepay" I mean customers have to transfer the money manually to our bankaccount (via online-...
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What is the best way to display 15-50 choices when most users will select all and not know meanings, but some users will want specific choices?

In a program with users spanning from basic users with limited knowledge to super users with specific needs and detailed knowledge, we need to offer the option to select and deselect among elements ...
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Two options for data table filtering

I wanted to get everyones ux opinion on filtering a data table two ways. Do you think it's confusing to the user to be able to filter the data table with the filter bar and also have the same ...
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Print options dialog

To be able to print from our (Oracle forms) erp application, we need to show a print dialog to the user. The print dialog now is always different, contains technical things like scheduling and ...
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UX in Optimisation and Simulation

As defined by IBM: "[Optimization and Simulation products provide users with help creating] the best possible plans, explore alternatives [and] understand the trade-offs". Based on the ...
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Best practices about options and toggles

I'm a developer building a data visualization page and I need a bit of advice on UX design, hope someone can help me! The product is a visualization SaaS that shows our users data in a novel way. ...
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Change language dropdown on a login page

Where do you believe is the best place to add a change language dropdown menu on a LOGIN page? Is it below the form? Or is it on the right? Are there any conducted studies you know of? Thanks in ...
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how to describe a range of user options

I am preparing for a conference presentation in which I will talk about giving users options to modify the presentation of text in a UI. I want to talk about what range of options they should have ...
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Mailto: links, default and webmail options

Having a real hard time with my team over how to present options of how to send an email using the mailto function. We are going to offer ways to send it: via your default mail app as specified by in ...
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Adding restrictions vs. adding options

I'm working on a b2b marketplace that is completely free as of yet but I'd like, in the near future, to give users the option of purchasing a premium account of some sort. What I want to know here is, ...
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I've got lots of buttons (choices) in my modal, and all are needed. How do I reorganize it better?

I'm making an interface that is part of a garment return merchandise system (customer didn't like the product and sends it back). Part of this interface allows customers to choose one or more reasons ...
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Save session state on search option change or after getting the search results?

I have a widget that helps looking for posts in my site. Here's a picture of the widget (site's not online yet) I want to use html5 session storage to store the widget options among pages. When a ...
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How could the usability of Wordpress' “Screen Options” be improved?

WordPress has a "screen options" button, which when selected allows the user to determine which options they want to see on the screen. This image is when it is expanded: Compared to the standard "...
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Names for filters that show 1) all non-blank values vs. 2) blank values specifically vs. 3) all values including blanks

I have a basic reporting system when you can choose filters from a collection of SELECT fields. An example of this might be to filter the report by Country. The SELECT field would obviously include ...
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Why don't applications explain reason for greyed-out icons/menu options? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Don’t hide or disable menu items? I think applications should explain why an option of clickable icon is greyed-out i.e. not selectable or not active. For example a question ...
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What dropdown option should be selected: Monthly without discount or Yearly with 50% OFF?

I offer web services such as hosting. In a <select> field, wich option should be pre-selected? 1 month (without discount), or 12 months (50% off)? The question might seem kinda obvious, the 12 ...
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Maximum number of options when selected via next and previous buttons?

I'm designing a product that has customizable features. The user can customize a light color by pushing a forward (>) or back (<) button. This action will toggle through a set color palette that ...
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Android: Select 1 out of 2 options

I'm currently designing a mobile app for Android and iOS and I don't quite know which pattern I should use. The user is setting up his profile and he has to select the gender. In iOS I use tabs and ...
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How to handle when user is only allowed to check e.g. 3/6 check boxes?

Let's say we have six options, six check boxes. The user must select three options to proceed, no more and no less. What happens when the user tries to select a fourth option? Should it even be ...
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Radio button group confusing to user?

I have a page where the user is asked to choose one of two options so more information can be provided. I used a radio button group (bootstrap) which has no default option selected (see mock below). ...
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Expressing that new password is optional

I have an "Edit user" modal that I'm trying to polish. This is the state of things: My main concern is that it is optional to enter a new password, and this is not made clear. If the "New password" ...
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Why the magic number 5 in dropdown list?

According to this article, it states Placing options in a selector drop-down requires two clicks, and hides the options. Use an input selector if there are over 5 options. Why the magic number 5?...
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How to ask the user to choose between Save with or without revisions?

For my project BigPicture [textpad with infinite panning and zooming, useful to do some mind maps, etc. (1)], I would like the user to choose between 2 schemes when he wants to Save a project for the ...
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Is it good UX or bad UX to prevent people from disabling javascript? [closed]

I realise that I am no longer able to disable javascript from the preference setting of FireFox browser 27.0. As a developer, I always think about graceful degradation for my users. And I know how to ...
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How to allow the user to state 'No preference'

We have a situation where we have a list of choices (e.g Beers) from which a maximum of one may be chosen to associate with another item (e.g. My favourite beer). It's also possible that the user may ...