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Questions tagged [popup]

Usually refers to a window that appears over part of a web page in response to some action.

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What's the point of a delayed popup on a webpage?

It seems more and more common, when you enter a page and start reading it shows a popup after ~10 seconds. Personally I just leave the page immediately and look for the content somewhere else. I can't ...
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What is the opposite of Cancel?

I am working with order page. When the user presses on Cancel Order button, he should choose one of the following: Cancel order. (opposite of cancel) order. (this choice means don't do anything with ...
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What's the difference between a Modal, Popup, Popover and Lightbox?

I've seen many terms used to describe message boxes that notify and alert users or display information such as modal, popup, popover and lightbox. What is the difference between these components? ...
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Are “close” and “x” on a popup redundant?

I am working with a basic bootstrap modal popup which is a popular modal used on many sites. I noticed that the default template comes with both a close button on the bottom, as well as an x on the ...
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Why is resizing the browser window bad practice?

I asked how I can resize the browser window with JavaScript. Everybody told me not to do it. Why is this a bad practice? I think sometimes it can be good. For example, I want to show users a tweeting ...
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What is a Modal Dialog Window?

What exactly is a modal dialog window and when should you use it? Are there certain cases where you should refrain from using one?
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Should alert boxes be avoided at any cost?

Thanks to Gabriel Svennerberg and Sam K for this one - raised in a comment here. I was fairly casual about alert boxes until a run of user tests where an alert box was put up to warn learners that ...
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Is it okay to name submit button as “Select”

I am on creation form and want to add video to this form. I press + and the video gallery is opened in a popup. I need to select video and submit. Is it okay to name submit button as Select? Or are ...
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Should mobile modal popups be movable?

As I see this answer from @JDB stating I hate it when a modal dialog appears asking me to confirm an action and the only way I can confirm that, yes, this is the record I want to delete, is to ...
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The logic behind having an OK button and Apply button

Moving back to desktop land after being drunk with mobile interfaces, desktop dialogs almost always have these three buttons: OK Apply Cancel A close button. This pattern seems to occur on both ...
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Should I put “.” at the end of messages for mobile users?

Should I write "." at the end of messages displayed to the user in my mobile Android application? For example: High bandwidth required, switch to WiFi. or High bandwidth required, switch to ...
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Is it acceptable to open a modal popup on top of another modal popup? [duplicate]

On the web, is it wise to allow a modal popup (B) to be opened from another modal popup (A)? If modal popup B were to be closed, the user would again be viewing modal popup A. I am asking as I can ...
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Discovering new features

I work with a web-based platform with lots of data and various tools to view the data, perform analysis. Users are often impressed by one or two features and stick with them. The platform adds new ...
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Is pop up always bad?

I am involved in a redesign project (web app) where existing system throws quite frequent, random pop ups. These pop ups are used to gather information and also to display information and confirmation....
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Which trial experience is better?

Imagine a professional online application in Flash or Silverlight that's being sold for around $15 per person. Which in your opinion is best for the first-time visitor? Give everyone access to all ...
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Are 'hints' or 'tips' popups a good idea?

I have a popup that will show every time the user navigates through different sections of the website, with hints like 'how to find feature X'. The popup can be disabled by clicking in a checkbox. I ...
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Are redundant close buttons on an auto-closing popup necessary?

Take a popup that closes automatically, either by losing focus, by other elements being brought into focus or clicked, or upon expiration of a set display time. Is providing a redundant close button ...
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Do people like/hate popups, even if they're useful?

My company's product is a popup modal widget that shows information about different terms mentioned in blogs, when hovering over a term As lead designer, I find myself wondering if that's the best ...
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Are Mailing list popups bad usability

I had a client request that they wanted a mailing list popup like the example given below where the popup is presented to the user as soon as they land on the site I am a little concerned about the ...
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social sign in redirect vs popup window

I have seen that most websites usually open the "login with Facebook" page in a popup window, but there are also some websites (like stackexchange) that just redirect the browser without opening a ...
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What's the purpose of the bottom bar in popups / modal windows?

There seems to be a common pattern where the bottom of a modal window contains an area that looks slightly separated from its content. I'm trying to find out where this habit comes from, and what ...
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Should validation be done in a pop-up window or a new page?

I'm working on an enhancement for an application. The enhancement allows the users to validate and view the errors on their uploaded data. These errors are something the user would need to revisit. ...
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Where to undo “don't show this message again”?

I often make the misstake of accidentally checking the "don't show this message again" checkbox when using tab and spacebar to navigate. Since I'm asking to never see the message again, undoing that ...
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In a popup with “yes” and “no” buttons , you put “yes” or “no” first?

When you have a popup with buttons yes and no like this: | YES | NO | It is best to put the button "yes" right or left ?
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Should I ask users to rate my app with pop-up window?

I have recently noticed some "high-profile" apps like facebook and twitter randomly displaying pop-up windows to get me to rate their app. Seems to be a fairly new trend...good idea?
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Material design solution for popovers

Material design has no popovers, and I wonder what should be used as a replacement? For example, how would you advise Product Hunt to replace their popover when they switch to material design?
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In which situations is a popup window most appropriate?

There are many situations in which popup windows are currently used in modern UIs. Their primary use appears to be when displaying an error message or other descriptive information is desirable, ...
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Modal window action buttons, top or bottom

Scenario: File upload process for a website on desktop(not mobile) launches a modal window. Question: Would it be better to place action buttons at the top or at the bottom of the window. Pros & ...
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Pop ups soliciting user comments on websites, good or bad?

Recently I was browsing a well known British high street shop's webshop and in the middle of my session a pop up appeared asking if I had any comments on the site. From a recent survey I did on mobile ...
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Assigning tasks to user based on work load

I'm working on a pop up where you can assign percentages of applications to users based on current work load. For instance, I have 100 applications that need to be worked on and are not assigned to ...
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accessibility for non-modal windows in UI

In our application, we have a case, where a page can have multiple non-modal popups. And I am working on making those popups keyboard accessible. Without any accessibility addition: popups and focus-...
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Handling multiple “alert” popups ?

An iPad application we are building throws an alert window for various error conditions. We are considering building a custom UI for the alerts since the default alert window is fairly annoying. My ...
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Should image overlays have a close button?

There is a link which when clicked displays images as an overlay (translucent black background, center aligned image). Clicking outside the image or pressing escape key closes the overlay. At present ...
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Plus & Minus button position for selecting number of passengers?

We're having a discussion in the studio as to the position of the plus & minus buttons in this UI element. I feel that you naturally look to the right to 'increase' or 'move forward', although I ...
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Should a popup/lightbox close when a user clicks outside of the box?

Currently on our application we have popup/lightboxes that have a close button in the top right corner, and some of the lightboxes have cancel buttons next to the submit button - in the case of a form....
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How to organize multiple information popup areas over a table?

How might you best organize multiple popups over a table when both the table content and the popup content are equally important. Scenario: Tabulated data, for which the user may be interested in ...
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Best method(s) to allow closing a popup

I find moving the mouse leftwards from it's normal position more easier. Is it the same for all users or at least for you? If not, what's the best position to keep the close button for a popup. This ...
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Do users notice “don't show this again” checkboxes?

In a shopping cart, items can have a discount, but if a users asks for an express delivery on a specific item, the discount will change. I need to make them aware of that. 1 item = 1 line. The ...
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Difference between “callout” and “popup” (terminology)

I noticed that many in web development talk of "callout" and "callout menu" but they all seem to talk of different things. According to Wiktionary one meaning is: An annotation that pertains to a ...
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Pop-ups: when and when not to use?

As a web developer I get to play with popups a lot. So much that it seems like on every project that I work on there is always at least one big discussion among devs (and PM) about popups and when we ...
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Substitute for modal popup in a mobile site

In a website i have informations being shown in a modal popup. In the mobile version of the same ( suppose it is a responsive site ) , what can be a good replacement for popup window? I tried making ...
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For novice users, is it better to keep the entire UI visible, or to display menus and pop-ups?

I am working on a user interface for a point of sale system to be used in a retail store. This interface will be used by volunteer cashiers, many of which have only basic computer skills. With this ...
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Should we keep image popup after page refresh?

Simple scenario: User visits site and clicks on small image to enlarge it - large image opens in popup with transluscent dark overlay. When user refreshes the page or shares the link, should the ...
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Which is perferred - a standalone login page or a javascript popup over a MyAccount page?

I am designing a new website, and am thinking about the UX for accessing a personal account page. Is it "better" to have a standalone login page (and then redirects to My Account details), or a ...
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Adding a new feature to an existing website

There is always the simple UX for having a popup when you log back into a site you frequently visit that says "Hey, look at this new feature we added! etc.." I am convinced there is more of a subtle ...
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When do you present a website UX survey?

I'm wanting to build a usability survey on a website that's used by mortgage brokers. It's a website where users will come not to browse, but to find mortgage product information while a client is ...
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How does “clickshaming” affect user experience?

As you can see in the bottom of the image, the button (or link) to cancel the popup is labeled "No thanks, I'd rather not hire the best." I can see why some websites do that, because users may feel ...
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That last “don't go!” pop up — does it work?

Maybe you also experienced the same thing: when your cursor is leaving the browser area, the last "don't go!" pop up appears with messages like "please subscribe," "give your e-mail" etc... I can ...
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When using a popup or a new page?

I have following situation at work (older Forms application): we have an order entry form, which consists of 3 main tabs: the order header, a confirmation tab and the order detail (lines). I have ...
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Modal popup position

Being a Mac OS X user, I've implemented a popup engine which slides from top (transition is about 300 ms, see video) and stays hooked to the top. Most people (all developers at the moment) say they'...