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An interface to efficiently find items in a digital system, typically by (but not limited to) typing keywords into a text box.

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Is search-responsive hierarchy accessible?

I'd like to build a website like the following, and am wondering if is accessible: https://webapp.library.uvic.ca/uvicrecords/recordsList2.php I think yes: when I hit the tab button (which is my ...
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Searching a data list from an uploaded CSV

We have an issue where on our system our client needs to select large numbers of users from a list to add to a group on a regular basis. Currently it's a very bad experience for this use case as they ...
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Should search fields be placed inside the container (combo box) or inside the dropdown list?

When the user has to select from many options in a dropdown menu, a search field where the user may input text that filters the options can help find the desired option. There are two UI elements that ...
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Search Interface

In the page layout, the left panel serves as a menu with a list of teams, while the right panel displays a corresponding list of members and their roles. The first item on the team list is selected by ...
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Live search: what to show until user types 3+ characters?

I'm trying to build a live search with ~1000+ search items. So until a user types 3 or more characters, there would be too many results, and most of them are not that relevant. So I was wondering what ...
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Global search results best practices on a brand asset site

When users use the global search (whether they're looking for how-to, brand and logo documentation or even a specific asset) they can use the global search. The image is how the results are presented (...
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Change search icon to clear input as user types?

We use the search icon more as visual indicator than actionable item. When the user types it changes to clear input icon. Has anyone seen this as a pattern before? I feel it does it's job.
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What is the best way to inform users that our web app's search bar requires at least 3 characters in order to start a search?

My team would like to implement a way to inform users that our web app's search bar requires at least 3 characters in order to start a search? What are the best practices when provided feedback to ...
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What do you think of pop up/full screen search box?

So I am trying to design a nice header. At first, I wanted to make an expendable search box but that is beyond my knowledge. But now I think a pop-up search box wouldn't be so bad. I know that there ...
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Redesigning our searchbar

Our users are having trouble with our search bar. They don't realize they need to click the search icon to start searching. To make it clearer, I've come up with three solutions: A. Replace the icon ...
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Searchable input field with dropdown or search field in dropdown?

In location input field that has a dropdown on click, is it best practice for the input field to also be a search field to filter through the dropdown results, or treat the input field more as a ...
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Real-world examples of searching through data

Our company collects a user's data and allows the user to explore their data by using various dropdowns. We want to give the user a way to save their filters, like a saved config or saved view (...
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How to combine filter and search in a list

To make it easier for the user to find the right form, a category filter and a search should be offered. There are 9 categories. Currently, a maximum of 3 forms are assigned to a category. How should ...
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Wondering: expandable grouped items in a select dropdown are needed?

When having a lot of items inside a dropdown and those items can be categorized as groups.. should those groups be expandable and collapsable? 2 scenarios - the more likely one Users know what they ...
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Searching in 2 lists with a single search field

In my system, I initially had a single table of users with a simple search field that would filter the table on whatever input was given. Now I extended this table with a group selection on the left ...
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Search by key value tags

The UI is a web application. There is a set of thousands of objects. Each of them can optionally be labeled by 0-10 tags. Each tag is a key value pair - for example color: red or taste: sour. The user ...
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Best way to select a city from a list of cities unevenly distributed among countries

I'm working for a company that owns restaurants in 28 cities distributed in 10 countries. The restaurants are distributed unevenly in the countries: in some countries they are present in many cities ...
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Radio Selection before search

Context Allowing users to search for any particular job based on multiple parameters. Feedback needed I've designed this application search component, which will have a default selection and the user ...
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Select all with filterable list of items

we are trying to build a pretty typical filter for a list of items (in a Mobile app) which does also allow "Select All" for that particular filter category. The added issue we have though is ...
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Pros and Cons of using a local search for the Filter column in an e-commerce website

Couldn't find sources for this, so asking the community. Large e-commerce websites tend to have a long list of filter categories with multiple options under each. So much so that users can find it ...
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What do you call a search component that filters data inside a data-table?

Sometimes when you have a large data-table you want to narrow down the amount of data. A common approach is to use filters. But, sometimes you're given the option to use a search bar that pretty much ...
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How to display search options/filter in a less cluttered way

Please see the image below which is search options (at the top of a page) to filter results in a table. There are a lot of options (too many if you ask me but they're all required!) Any suggestions on ...
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Deselectable radio button or limited checkbox in search filters

I'm currently working on a change request for a search filter we have in our product overview. Our search form has some basic search filters e.g. price range, delivery time,... Our products can also ...
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Autocomplete in a nested list when child is matched but parent is not

Our web app has a "jurisdiction chooser" which is a 2-level nested list of all US states and many large US cities. Both cities and states are selectable. I'd like to add autocomplete to this ...
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Compact search bar design on top navigation bar for multiple pages?

Consider a website that categorizes its data into about three classes. For example, a website contains food information only for fruits, vegetables, and meat products. I have designed a search bar on ...
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Item picker (with search filters) UX

In my school web app, teachers can create exams and pick exercises to put in them from a big "exercise pool" they previously created. The exam editor allows teachers to create slots and to ...
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Search filtering in B2B product

I'm working on a webapp that contains 1000+ "recipes". A user gets a list of all recipes by default and search options to narrow down the results. Within the team we did a sketching session ...
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Do non tech folks know the difference between search and keyword filter?

I have an app (direct to consumer) with search and advanced filters. But in some parts, it loads a list and has the filter by keyword functionality, so the user doesn't need to scroll. I wonder if I ...
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Hierarchical checkboxes interaction during search

I have a tree of hierarchical categories, where users can choose which categories they like to filter. We have implemented partially checked cases We have an option for users to search the tree, so ...
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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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"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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