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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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Is Google Instant good or bad UX? [closed]

For power users, it clearly saves time in some circumstances. It also jumps around alot and does things that are very different than before. One person said it is like a guy who finishes your ...
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Do you need a search button with a search box?

On websites with a search box, should you add a button they can click on, or will users understand a search box like on this site? The target group is not very technical, such as women aged 40-60.
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Search Vs. Filter- what is the difference

From the view of the user (not from a technical view)- What are the main differences between searching and filtering data, in order to get specific results? i.e.- in both cases the user is looking ...
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Why is Google's “I'm Feeling Lucky” button still next to the search bar?

I'm sure that Google must put a lot of thought into the display of its homepage. With such a minimalistic design, every element matters. So what's up with the "I'm feeling lucky" button? Why is ...
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How to make a map obviously clickable?

Location based Q&A I am developing a location-based Q&A app. The main screen of the app features a map with a search box above it. When the user chooses a location, the "ask" button at the ...
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How important is the search box?

I've had this nagging feeling for quite some time that much web development time is wasted in designing and developing search boxes that are never used beyond the developers and testers. With ...
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To clear (or not to clear) the search box?

We are having a discussion at the office today, about when to clear (or not to clear) a search box from its input. Is there a preferred approach, something that the user expects? Like emptying the ...
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Best UI for filtered search with many filtering options as opposed to single text field

What UI provides the best user experience when searching using many filters as opposed to a single text input. For example: I have 15 filters (all optional) that users can filter results by. The ...
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What should be fetched if you “Search” with a blank query?

Almost all sites include a Search facility. The usual format seen is one of these two: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups The Question is If the user keeps the ...
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When should you start autocompleting a search in autocomplete search field?

We're implementing an Autocomplete search field on a website we're working on. However the question arises: At what point should you start showing the autocomplete results? download bmml source &...
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Is there a recommended size for search boxes?

Do users change their search patterns if the search is shorter? Do users search less if the search box is too large? The only article I'd found is a 2009 Smashing Magazine article: The [Nielsen] ...
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Delay on keystroke when search as you type

I'm deploying an instant search on my Windows app. At the first implementation, when the user types a key, the search engine makes a query and returns the results. I thought that that wasn't too ...
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Search vs. Look Up

My client is arguing for the label on a search field to say 'Look Up', rather than 'Search', because he feels it is more accurate for the application users. I think a search is a search and should be ...
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Pros/Cons of Search Icon on Search Field

What do you think which is the best search field solution? And why? Is there any research on this topic? To which direction should the search icon face?
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Can I safely remove search functionality?

One of our clients has a content-rich website with about 300 pages of content in total. We did our utmost best to provide a very clear main navigation, but also provide a search function in the header....
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Google UX flaw? switching placement of Videos and Images

Google offers the possibility to search for several different types of media/information: Web, Images, Video, Maps, etc. Lately I noticed that these choices for other types of information is being ...
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Amount of Time To Determine a User Has Stopped Typing

I have a filter form for a list. One of the fields is a text search field. When a user types in the field, I wait until the user has stopped typing for a half second (500 milliseconds), and then ...
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Search box UI - “all words”, “partial match”, “exact phrase”

I'm designing a desktop application (boring accounting stuff) and I have a "search product" feature. I want to have a nice but simple 'smart' search box. Currently, the search box works by splitting ...
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How to combine search results from multiple sources onto the same results page

I am building a call center tool user interface. The search consolidates results from multiple sources, - approximately 10. There is crossover between the different sources. For example I cannot ...
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Guidelines for autocomplete widgets

What guidelines exist when working with autocomplete widgets? I'm hoping for general guidelines that apply across different application types: web, desktop, and mobile. A response to a Search as you ...
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Should a search button go on the left or the right of the search box

When considering eye-tracking and the cognitive processes of identifying what an interface element is for, is it better for the button that activates the (often unlabelled) search operation to be on ...
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Should the search box be on the left or the right side

In a web app with a search box in the header - where should the search go, on the left or the right side of the header? What considerations should be taken into account when making this decision? In ...
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Which is the correct way to implement faceted search filtering: links vs checkboxes?

Is there a difference between implementing filtering options using links (or radio buttons), ie. you can only check one, versus using checkboxes? For example: Youtube uses links, you can only select ...
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Searching with mandatory filters

I'm having trouble designing a search box with two mandatory filters/categories before the user hit the "go" button. So far, the best solution I could come up with was this one: I've presented the ...
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If the user has set a search filter, but the data is N/A, should it be shown

For example, Say the site is for searching cars for sale, one of the filters is "only show black cars", if there's a car listed which doesn't have a color specified, should it be included in the ...
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What to do when customers search for “Cheap” when you want to convey “Quality”?

An ecom client that I am working with has an interesting SEO challenge. They sell products that they want to convey quality and value; however, the #1 thing searched for on Google, Bing, and their ...
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Which UI options are suitable for a mobile search result page?

In our information dense digital world, search is crucial. So is the search result where there are a lot of help for users. But on mobile devices, the screen is very limited, which makes the use of ...
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Pagination - a thing of the past? [closed]

This article on pagination left me with mixed feelings. Is pagination always a usability issue? Should more sites utilise the 'endless page'? Who's got it right? Twitter? Bing images? Someone else?...
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Filtering results with checkboxes

A colleague of mine and I have had a discussion about filtering with checkboxes on one of our sites. We use a number of checkboxes to allow the user to refine a search, by selecting their areas of ...
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Search as you type

Is returning search results while the user is inputting each character good usability practice or a pain in the rear for the user?
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Which option better communicates the default state for a search box as “everything.”

tl;dr The default setting for a search box is 'include everything'. Which of the following gifs presents a better option to convey this? Context: We're redesigning a reporting interface for a ...
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“Clear input” button within a search box - why nobody but Apple uses it?

In my opinion, this button is very useful, giving you an ability to start over in just one click. But I can't seem to find non - Apple software that implements this pattern. Why? EDIT: I'm not ...
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What is the threshold of trust for search?

Assuming that you have to find what you are looking for x % of the time in order to trust a search service and become a habitual user of said service: What number is x? Links to research papers ...
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Defaulting to show all until user searches?

I am designing an admin page that will be used to manage account information for hundreds to thousands of medical offices (practices). Users will be able to take a few actions on a practice or take ...
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Is search a necessary navigation element?

I often have arguments about navigation at work with programmers who think search is a required part of any navigation. I think this is because programmers are advanced computer users who use search a ...
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How do we represent that a search feature has “intelligent” capabilities?

My software company is beginning to implement "intelligent" query capabilities to the usual search boxes for our customers and I think that this necessitates the need to evolve from the old standard ...
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multiple search boxes

I have a proposal in front of me for a government organsiation requesting a review of their search 'interface.' I have warning bells right away from reading one of the requirements: Is there ...
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Should I use “Search” or "Find” on my buttons?

Working on a travel website UI. When I referred to some websites they use “Find Flights” on buttons used to lookup flights. In general, would you recommend I use "Search Flights" or "Find Flights” ...
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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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Best way to show search results for different content types

On a website that has different types of content on the same topic, how should this information be displayed after a user searches. Let's say a site's topic is "trees" and the content types are as ...
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Whats the best default for search result sorting?

I'm working on a news search, and I find that sorting by the number of keyword matches tends to produce stale results, but sorting by date tends to produce irrelevant results. How do I strike a ...
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Extensive filtering on search results page

I'm just working on a quite complex interface. There are/will be tons of items in it and there is a massive search feature. Search is filterable just like on Ebay or Amazon etc. Filters are very ...
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Should site search results be numbered?

Should website search results be numbered, like this? 1. Result One Lorem ipsum 2. Result Two Lorem ipsum I notice that Google's results aren't numbered -- they are just paginated. To me it seems ...
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Does briefly showing advanced search options on page load increase their use?

Early last year, Jakob Nielsen complained that: In general, we almost never see people use advanced search. And when they do, they typically use it incorrectly — partly because they use it so ...
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Is there a name for the pattern of a categorized autocomplete?

Lately, I've noticed that Facebook search presents it's autocomplete options as a nice categorized list: However, I'm uncertain what to call this pattern. It reminds me a bit of what Peter Morville ...
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Caption inside vs. before the Searchbox

What are the pros and cons of having a label like "Search:" before vs. inside the searchbox? Here are examples of the messages/labels being inside the box: http://blog.publicobject.com/2006/09/all-...
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Is there a name for this instant filter search pattern?

I've been trying to find a jQuery plugin which creates behavior similar to that of Stack Exchange user searches. The user search used on Stack Exchange sites is not an auto complete, but is more akin ...
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Usability of hiding the submit button (and using the enter key to submit)

More and more commonly, I find that websites elect to hide or remove the submit button from forms. One obvious example is this site (along with other StackExchange sites), whose search field lacks a ...
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Reset filters after new keyword search?

We're using a faceted search to get good results: Keyword search (on homepage) -> result page -> filter results Question: Should the filters be reset when the user does a new keyword search on the ...
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Should a “search results” return the number of items found?

Is it recommended to add the number of items found on a search results? In my opinion it is a useful information that gives a quick idea on what you are going to read. Could it be omitted?