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when a user directly or indirectly stores data for future use by the user or application.

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Why don't we auto-save for users instead of having them save manually?

With the advent of Apple moving to auto-saving in its newest release Lion, should everyone start adopting the convention of auto-saving? At first it is definitely awkward and the user can feel like ...
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Should I provide feedback from a save button?

I'm currently in the process of developing a Windows Application which produces Word Documents. In the program there is the ability to save your progress (different to the "Save as a Word ...
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Disabled submit button on form vs allow submit then show errors?

We have a few different forms as part of a web-based medical application. These forms have quite a few fields - 10-20 depending on the form. Each has at least 5 or so required fields. We currently ...
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Autosave UI pattern

I'm developing a web app that puts great focus on simplicity and "just-use" mentality. The basic idea is to write notes. When planning the concept, we where very positive towards the idea of ...
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Save, Favorite or Star?

I'm working on a job app and I would like to offer our user the possibility to save a job and let them find it quickly later. First I thought using a star icon to let them "star" a job like starring ...
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Distinction between saving and exporting

Some software makes a distinction between saving and exporting. Lets take the image processing software GIMP as an example. The save button will only allow to save the project file in the native gimp ...
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Save buttons that don't save

Generally there are two kinds of windows I make: windows with Ok/Cancel buttons, and windows with just a Close button. The implied understanding is that Ok/Cancel windows don't save anything until you ...
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Inline editing vs Edit view

I've seen this question asked a few times, but none that relate to my particular scenario. I'm working on a large, complex UI that involves many user types. For this screen, there are 4 types of users:...
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Should a save button save information that is not on screen?

My app is used to edit email templates. As you probably know, emails can have a text AND html version. Below is the UI I came up with. My initial thought was 'only save what you can see', so when you ...
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Guidelines for when to auto-save settings vs “save” button

In our web application we have a number of pages to do with user settings, in different categories. For most of them we have a display page with an edit button/link, which takes them to a form which ...
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Disable the save button until changes are made?

We have a list of complicated things, which the user can click on to get a new view in which they can edit all the details stored for that thing. The edit view already has a Cancel exit mechanism (...
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Save/Cancel/Close button behavior question

The attached image shows a dialog with a save/cancel button bank and a "x" icon to close the dialog. The question I have is this. Should the cancel button even be on the modal if it does not clear/...
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Save vs Save & Exit

We're designing an application for creating personalized photo books through a Flash-based interface. When the application first opens, we display a dialog encouraging the user to give their project a ...
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What is the best way to save & cancel a new content on a CMS?

I'm actually working on a project done by another UX designer before me, and I have some doubts about the way users can save & cancel their actions on the page of new content creation. This is a ...
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What's the Best Placement for Save/Cancel Buttons on Very Long Forms?

I have a big project creation form having atleast having 30-40 fields where i have already grouped the relevant fields as a set(splitting into 3 columns) with proper headers, but still i have a long ...
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Discard unsaved changes in tab if user switches to a different tab?

We have a web application with tabs that have read only content. Some users have permission to edit the content; when edit is pressed, the tab's content can be edited. On an edited tab that has ...
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When to save data?

When should I save data in an business application? We have a lot of applications and currently they have not all the same behavior. I am not very experienced with UX and would like to know when I ...
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Should we re-think the use of the word “Save”

Inspired by discussions on using the floppy disk icon for save button, and how this might not be good enough nowdays since nobody uses floppy disks anymore, I started thinking of the word "save" ...
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Saving & restoring undo stack — good or bad?

In a sovereign desktop app with multi-level undo/redo (ie Photoshop, Word, etc), would being able to save and restore the undo history of a file with the file itself be a good thing or a bad thing? My ...
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Should you ever disable search on pages with user entered information?

I am implementing global search on a system. When you are creating and editing details, there is a save button and no auto-save feature. My question is, what should happen to the search box on these ...
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Denoting a tab as being “unsaved” in a web application

I have a web application where one of it's pages uses tabs to break down the page into "bite-size" chunks. The contents in each tab has no relation to any content in any other tab and can be ...
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Renaming a file you are currently working in, why is this still not done?

We've all experienced this: You open a new document inside an application such as Word, Excel, Textmate, or others. You work on it for a while and save it. Then you wish you could rename it. What ...
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Floppy disk icon for “Save” [closed]

It's funny that we still use floppy disks icon for save operation association while floppies have long been outdated, unused and many computer users nowadays don't even know how floppy disks actually ...
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Is it wrong to make things too easy?

I am a developer working on my first UI. My application requires the user to log into multiple accounts (this is a trading application). The user needs to enter their username/password for each ...
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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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Where to place the Save button Material

I'm developing a simple user creation screen in Android using Material Design. The portrait layout is completed, but I'm struggling finding a way to achieve a nice way to lay info out on the landscape ...
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Saving: Global save vs Sectional save vs Item save vs Instant save

I have been modifying my Facebook and Gmail account settings when I come across several types of saving strategies. Take for example, at the time of this writing, Facebook: Instant save - saves upon ...
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Best Practices: Save and Exit in Software UI

This has been discussed a few times on here for web implementations but never for a desktop application. Being we have a title bar/file menu/toolbar etc. what is the best practice for closing a window ...
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Best solution to inform and enable users to save changes on a page

I'm working on a micro site which includes a profile section wit diverse pages. The pages allow the user to change their profile settings - e.g. update or complete personal details they provided ...
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Are Save buttons still necessary in web applications?

There seems to be a growing trend with online applications to save data/progress automatically. In many cases where an interruption to the connection or service is quite likely, it is definitely a ...
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Save & Continue Button

In the app I am working on the user is presented with a list of item on the left and a panel contained with input fields on the right. The user will navigate the list and edit pricing criteria for ...
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Confirm cancellation

I have a window, where the user will have to chose to cancel or save. First: I have some people in my office saying that when you click on save the window will not close, but you will get a ...
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Tabbed “wizard”: next vs save?

I'm currently working on designing a setup flow where the user will create a study in 6 steps. I've decided to split the different steps into tabs based on what the user will have to do in them, i.e : ...
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When is an auto-saving form appropriate?

A trend Google has been pioneering in many Cloud applications is a sort of "autosave everywhere," especially noticable in Google documents's immediate save feature. I personally greatly prefer this ...
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Autosave settings

We are developing an web app. Users can log-in and change their settings. We are in process of making settings page and we are wondering if Autosave option is good idea. For example: User edits his ...
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Save & Add New, Save & Close, Save, Done, Cancel

This is something I've been struggling with, because there seems to be a lack of standard for it (as far as I can tell). There are two scenarios. Save & Close and Save & Add New We are ...
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Should you allow users to “save” options that haven't changed?

I have a situation where a user opens some options that appear in a popup. They can make their changes and then either Save or Cancel, both of which close the box and save/discard the user's changes. ...
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Is there a name in UX jargon for the “lose your work” anti-pattern?

Some examples of what I have in mind by "lose your work" (besides the obvious non-autosaving software where explicit files are involved): Web (or any other kind of) forms that completely (or ...
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Handling two possible workflows of the same action

There is a subpart of the user workflow in the product that I am designing that I am having trouble with. The user is at a step where they have to fill-in patient data, in a modal window. Once they ...
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Is there a need for save/cancel buttons in iOS app?

I am developing an investment property evaluator app that allows the user to record information about a potential investment property and evaluates the property based on certain metrics. It uses drill ...
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Display annoying important message or leave it out?

So I'm making a web-based image editor, and I'm facing a problem. The user is editing one or more images, and has the option to save it. So, when the user clicks "save", a dialog box pops up where the ...
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Evaluate vs Save

In my Web-App the user can save data, which is automatically evaluated and some feedback will be provided in the next step. A user enters some Data, hits a button to save that data and is redirected ...
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Redundant to have “add” and “save” button when adding choices from a list?

On StackExchange, when you want to add a community to your account, you go into the upper left corner, click on the pull down, and click "edit" next to the "Your Communities" text. Then you start ...
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How do you allow users to undo actions when the application supports autosave

Many web applications adopt the 'autosave' design pattern for a number of different reasons. One of them is so that changes are not lost when users have completed a number of tasks or actions and ...
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Should a popup close automatically after a user selects an option from a tree menu?

For a popup window that requires the user to select one option only from a tree menu, should the selection of this option automatically close the popup? I think this would break the fundamental rule ...
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Consistent position of Save button in multiple layouts

I'm currently working on a system aimed primarily at desktop users that has a wide range of layouts: some grids, some forms, and a variety of custom interactive interfaces with different designs. ...
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Multiple Save Buttons after Editing Information

I keep going back and forth on this issue and wanted to get some other opinions. We have a series of pages within a settings control panel. There are multiple modules within the pages, and each ...
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Save/cancel or automatically save on long settings page. Especially on email notifications settings.

Sometimes on long list one might miss the buttons after clicking edit or opening an accordion to see more details and then make changes. There's a dilemma what to do on long profile settings. The ...
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How to handle multiple save states on mobile?

I have a mobile app that I am working on that allows an account owner to manage subscribers on the account. From one screen, they will be able to set "limits" using a slider on the account. Each input/...
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Back button or Cancel/Save when calling server is necessary

Here we have a settings screen that appears from a sliding view. You tap "Messaging" and the following modal shows up: In order to avoid the complexity involved with synchronizing settings every time ...