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An interface to efficiently find items in a long list, typically by typing keywords into a text box.

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Sidebar for searching data purpose

So I've been redesigning this website when a user fill in a form, the also can search tp fill one of the text fields. the previous design is when users clicked on search button, they displayed a pop ...
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How do I make a split input that is regex friendly?

I have a web application that requires the user to enter text that is used to split another string. While I want it to be regex-friendly, I don't want it to confuse new users. For example, if the user ...
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Terminology and UI for AND/OR search in Collections

I'm moving from using Tags to using Collections for my users to organize their items. (See background below for why I'm doing this.) My issue is with AND/OR searching. For example, what would be the ...
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Should a Modal dialog be used for searching and displaying search results

I have found a site that has a search box in the top left of the website.. when I click the search box it pops up a modal dialog box where you can search and displays product search results To me ...
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Fuzzy search page for an online travel agency

I'm building the search page for an OTA (online travel agency). The brief has a few quirks that make this task difficult, so I need some help to identify some feasible ideas. Most OTAs have a "...
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Do people use the browser search to search for text (use CTRL + F) on websites?

There is this old article from 2011 that says 90% of People Do Not Use CTRL+F (based on actual user research). About every single recent article I could find uses this article as the basis: Ctrl-F: ...
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Search results iconography - is it needed?

I'm trying to make a case to add iconography to our company's predictive search results. For instance, a magnifying glass next to each query, or a timer icon next to recent searches. How do I ...
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Why would the search input field not get focus when the page is loaded?

Opening up google.com I see that the search input field gets focus automatically, i.e. the cursor is already blinking in the field and users can start typing right away. In contrast, amazon.com or ...
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Designing a multi-parameter search

I have a pretty complex issue to share with you. I'm working on a financial system, which will provide its customers the option to make a search by more than one parameter. I'm trying to keep the ...
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Best practice to help users search for records efficiently

A user needs a powerful search functionality to find a specific record, or group of records among years of information stored in the system. What is the best approach for this scenario? The current ...
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"Did you mean" search results

Problem: This UI allows the user to add names of people (with matching User IDs). The problem is that, there has been many instances where users accidentally add people that already exist, resulting ...
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drop down menu or search functionality when the number of options for selection is more than 60

My user/customer is a doctor and when registering must submit his/her specialty.The specialties are about 70. Given that number(70) what do you think is better...a dropdown menu or an input that has a ...
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Should a website have a search function?

Most websites have some sort of search function, but a non-trivial number don't. Is this just an oversight by the designers, or are there good reasons for not providing search? Personally I hate ...
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Predictive/autosuggest search and results

In our web application, we have a search field for users to search for other users or other groups of users to add to their project. Both users and user groups can be a long list. The search field is ...
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Why isn't Mac's Trash search scoped to the Trash by default?

When I open the Trash on Mac, it's usually because I'm looking for a specific file that I deleted. I'll search for the file name (or part of it)... and then the Mac returns every file in the file ...
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Accordion link best practices

I'm working on improving my company's outdated filterable accordions on our intranet. I've been putting together some best practices, but have run into a bit of a roadblock. I can't seem to find ...
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When should a search box be added to dropdown lists?

At what point does it make sense to add a search box to a dropdown list, and does the styling of the list affect that decision? For example: Is 15 elements is a good number when each element has a ...
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Conflicting filters in advanced search

I'm going to try to be straight on this one. So implying I have an advanced search in which i start filtering by ANY contents that have "Quantity Type" as abc, by setting: Quantity type IS ...
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Automatically applying filters

I'm looking for some guidance regarding automatically applying filters on behalf of the user. The project I'm working on is a simple graduate job search website. The search results page is very simple,...
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Is a scoped search the way to deal with different content types?

On my website, I have regular informational content and a shop. Both should be available to search, but I do not want to search everything with one bar and offer two separate lists of content after ...
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Should search pages show default results or not?

We're designing a page that allows users to search for and add customers and we're unsure about what to show to users initially. The user goals on this page would be finding an existing customer to ...
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Should Live Search show results that 'Contain' or that 'Start' with the entered letter(s)?

I am trying to implement live search in my site. Currently when the user enters a search letter (for example) the search results that appear are those that contain the letter regardless if it is found ...
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Best practice for comma separated input size for the search field

I am working with large number of entries in web UI such as IoT device list with IMEI. There is a need to make quick multiple selection by IMEI. Would it be good practice to provide search field with ...
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Why does front page of Google.com give no feedback when trying to search when nothing's entered?

Carry out the following experiment: Go to google.com, Leave the "search" field empty, Click "Google search" I was having a discussion with my friend about how applications should ...
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Combining a drop-down with autocomplete and search

Recently I was faced with the following dilemma. By trying to combine a drop-down that must contain items with a top search/type field (autocomplete and search) inside of the drop-down I realised that ...
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Showing search results than can be parameter names (like "size") or values (like "big")

Consider the following page: The user can use the search to find items or to filter the table. If the user wants to find a person whose "name" (parameter) "contains" (logical ...
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Should I align multiple search boxes horizontally or vertically?

Which UI/Ux is better? horizontally placed search boxes or vertically placed? I am trying to understand which pattern is good in terms of UX/UI and reducing the user's effort I am thinking in a way ...
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Most expected behavior for invisible typeahed in a list

I have a long list of functions (around 50) and I would like to build a typeahead feature for it. When you press D the selection should jump to the first entry that starts with an D (for Excel it is ...
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UX Reason why there aren't any "Search for project" feature in portfolios? [closed]

I'm curious what is the UX reason of not including a "search for project" feature in portfolio websites? I find most featured websites found in places like awwwards doesn't integrate a "...
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How to make it look like search results have updated?

I have a site with a search bar. When a user enters a query in the input field and clicks the submit button, front-end JavaScript searches some JSON and returns results based on their search. In this ...
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No results for my search? Let user see no results or not allowing them to see the results that are not available?

I've been working in resolving an issue for the platform I work in but I'm a little stuck with solutions I was wondering if you guys could give me some advice on how to approach this. So, I'm working ...
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What is the Best Predictive Search Results Bolding Pattern?

Trying to determine the "best" bolding pattern for predictive results in the search dropdown on an e-commerce site. Option 1: bolding the search query as the user types it in Option 2: ...
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How to visualize optional fields in a horizontal searchform

The user does not have to fill in the date/adults/childs/rooms, they are optional. The user can also search with only filling in the destination (left box). How would you visualize that?
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Displaying sections in the UI in Support Search as additional results

We have a large application where sections of its UI may be hard to find. In an attempt to ease the user's navigation path, we plan on offering "shortcuts" from the Search functionality ...
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Advanced search for different type of results

I am working on a business directory site where a user can search for either a deal, company or event in a city. What alternatives are there for retrieving relevant results for a user in terms of UX? ...
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Is search button not required anymore?

It seems that most sites have abandoned explicit search button, assuming that users are used to “hit Enter for search” interaction. Amazon still uses it: But e.g. Apple does not: Is there some ...
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What would be the best way to display 23+ filter categories?

Hope everyone is well and safe during recent times. I am currently working on the UX of a searchable web directory for tiny house communities in the US. When someone searches for a community to park ...
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Search autocomplete with static and remote data

I am implementing an Autocomplete search field on a website I am working on, this will be the only form field that is shown on the homepage (along with the title and some explainer text). It will also ...
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What's the best practice for clearing all or keeping the selected filters after changing the search query?

We are working on a search engine (non- Ecommerce). After changing or editing the search query, should the filters stay selected (assuming the user have the same criteria) or should it be cleared (...
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Form: How to make multiple search paths clear in the UI?

Background info: I am working on a healthcare application for acute care. In this application you can request personal data from the national government if you met the following criteria: 1) If you ...
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Global search in product detail page (mobile) necessary?

I'm currently redesigning a product page for a e-commerce mobile application. The application is pretty compact: it currently consists of having one "home" page with all products in it. Users can ...
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Search box: Updating page elemens directly VS creating page with results

I am asked to create a search function within a portal/dashboard. There are two options that I have in mind. Search box gives some options while searching but when clicking on search it gives a ...
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How can I communicate that at least one filter is required?

I have a form for a search filter. In this search filter, however, I have two inputs for the "main bulk" of the search, and afterwards I have other filters for fine-tuning the query. My problem comes ...
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Place search above all tabs, or inside of tabs?

I've been working on a web app for the past four months. On the product page, a couple of the categories have tabs for pending, in-progress, and approved products. There is a search bar, and my ...
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Two search bars, but only on the help page

I know multiple search bars is frowned upon, but what about on the help page? For example: Like Amazon, the main purpose of our site is to search for things. My thinking is, they're having trouble ...
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Do users need to filter search results?

I’m working on a ~100 page site for a financial services company, and was wondering if I need to include filtering on their search results page. I have prominent functionality to modify a search and ...
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Chips vs Checkboxes inside Dropdowns for Filtering Search?

There are hundreds of filter tags to choose from. Since these tags are an unexpected feature for the user, they must be easily seen. I plan on giving them a Search Bar. Additionally, for most popular ...
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Searching by name in multiple sources of information

A user enters a term and would like to search for all appearances of this name in the table/gallery view below. For example, Today entering the term "Security" a user might get results where such term ...
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On a mobile, why is the search bar position different in an web app and a mobile app?

What is the ideal position of the search bar on the mobile screen? Is it in the top-right corner or at the bottom? Here is an web-app. In this case, the search bar is placed at the top. In ...
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Instant search or auto suggest?

Given that Google, the most well known and used search experience trialed and killed instant search (Google instant) and relies on a 2 step search requiring users to type their query and then search ...
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