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What's the best practice for placement of settings menu in a webapp or website?

I was wondering is there any reason behind placing "settings" alongside other menu items and placing it inside profile or some other menu? Can anyone tell me what's the difference?
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Screen-size based layout presets

I am looking for a better way of designing settings page, where users can define which layout preset they want to use based on their screen size. Use case 1: I started session on a 27" desktop ...
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How to position the two panels

I have a question about how to arrange 2 panels for one section. Situation: I’m navigating through the settings and the page with user settings is causing me problems. Because there is a hierarchy ...
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What is a standard way of setting something as default?

I have a list of items a user can pick from. From this list, the user can set a default item. What would be the standard pattern for doing that? Ideas - star an item, add a "Default" badge ...
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Are there any significant implications to re-design a settings page?

We're doing a migration for some of our settings pages for our website at my current job and we're also trying to hit an external deadline. The way the current settings pages are laid out is a tabbed ...
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Patterns for adjusting settings which may hinder the user's ability to adjust that same setting again

This question is about those self-referential settings where the ability of the user to control a device, say: using a mouse cursor, or viewing it on a monitor screen is itself affected by the ...
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Creating discounts that are stackable

I'm creating a stacked discount setup page and I am stuck on a screen. I do not know how do I visualise the setup when the input can be numerical or 'all' items at any point of time. Imagine you have ...
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What do you call a UI menu that has controls whose state will not be stored or persist?

We have a UI that shows an audio equalizer and a control menu that pops up on clicking a gear icon. Changing the settings in the control menu will immediately update the equalizer but the settings don'...
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How would you make a distinction between general and user settings in the same settingspage?

Imagine the following case in a planning tool: a planner works on a planboard where all candidates need to be planned for work. This board has settings. Most of these settings are applied only to this ...
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Connecting to WLAN (WiFi) without screen

We were discussing hardware engineering and creating a device which relies on a WiFi connection but does not feature a screen. The challenge is to allow a user to set up a device which does not have ...
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Description for settings to adjust general app spacing & font-size

Imagine you want to give users the possibility to adjust the general spacing and font-size of an application to have more contents on smaller screens or whatever reason. I'm struggling to find a ...
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Essential information for multiple forms

Let's use configuring a router as an example. To have the basic setup there are required fields that are located in multiple sections/ forms. What option provides the best UX: Display an additional ...
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How should software tools interpret relative paths in settings files?

I write a lot of software tools to simplify tasks. Some of these follow a workflow like this: In the terminal I type the command to invoke the tool The tool reads some configuration file from disk ...
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What's a good way to display settings that can be configured from both "directions"?

For a part of configuration, we need to allow the user to get a quick overview AND the ability to quickly set user-groups and their permissions, from both directions. Meaning: The user should be able ...
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Why is the settings icon either associated with gears or a wrench + screwdriver

I was wondering what the association between gears and settings is because the symbolism/iconography is not clear to me. I can see that in the old days people might have used the wrench or screwdriver ...
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Setting a primary service if one gets cancelled

We have an app that allows the user to add multiple services. Example, as a user, I'm able to add multiple "Teachers" to a job that I've created. So essentially, these teachers will be ...
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What's the difference between "account" and "profile"?

On many websites you have a settings section where you can view and edit your profile data. On others you can edit your account data. Some sites even have both. What is the difference between "...
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Settings check box functionality

I'm working on adding a small piece of functionality to a part of an app that contains 4 settings check boxes. I'd like to make some small tweaks to improve the UX of these checkboxes. There isn't ...
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Consider a scenario where I have setup autopay. In case I want to edit the settings, what should the ideal behaviour be? Should it load an empty form?

In such a case should the "Edit" button lead to an empty form or should it show the form with populated fields based on their previous settings?
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Should hourly email notification accumulate all the notification from past hours?

I am designing an email notification setting for an ERP. Based on the image above: User selected the 'Hourly' option for email notification. In the first hour away from the system, the user gets 3 ...
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What would be a standard indicator for a selection set to default?

I have a table with different user options. These options are either coming from a base template (Standard), a customized base template (Custom), or a customized base template that has not yet been ...
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How should mouse sensitivity be represented on the settings screen?

Video games often allow the player to configure mouse sensitivity. What is the most intuitive way to represent this setting in the user interface? What should the option be called? If it is numerical:...
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Inline edit: Should input fields be Editable by default, or force users to click Edit then Save?

I have a Settings page with various input fields, radio buttons, checkboxes etc. Currently, all the inputs are editable by default. There are three self-explanatory buttons at the top, RESET DISCARD ...
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What is a good resource for objective data on what to label options in an application, e.g. should they be called settings, preferences, or options?

I'm looking for objective and publicly available quantitative research on the language that users prefer or industry best practices on what to call options in an application. When is it best to use ...
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In the main drop-down menu for a logged in user, is it actually useful to have a link to the user's own profile page?

The core question is: Is it useful for users to have easy access to their own profile page on a website or app? Do users view their own pages often enough to warrant spending navigation menu space on ...
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Where is the best place for settings in a product with a lot of them?

Suppose you have a software product with five modules. Each module has its own settings to configure. There are also settings around admin functions like User Account Setup. The settings won't ...
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should you hide the main navigation on the account page ux

I am currently working on designing an account settings page and within the current design, I do not hide the main navigation. Another designer I am working with is suggesting removing the main ...
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Is it ok to hide the full settings until initial onboarding steps are complete?

We have a product with a bunch of available settings but only a couple are actually required to get started. To simplify things, I was going to hide all these settings behind a banner that drives the ...
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Settings button at the top or bottom of the screen?

If the settings don't need to be changed very often, but need to be very accessible when they need to be, is there any reason for putting them at the top instead of the bottom of the screen (or vice ...
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Where would you look for your password settings?

Organizing app info. Where would you expect to find your password settings - under settings or under profile?
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Selecting non-working days/holidays in settings - what would be the best approach?

I'm trying to come up with quite a tiny feature. A user (admin, rather experienced with this software) should be able to pick multiple dates (usually it will be around 15-30) that will be later ...
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How to allow editing while still being disabled?

I'm currently working on settings for a tool that sits on top of client websites (something similar to Intercom chat). The settings are presented as a list of "cards" similar to the example ...
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Team member profile vs. user's account profile

I'm developing an app where a registered user can create teams but the people on the teams don't have to be a registered user of the app. The team owner can assign group members to tasks but until ...
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How do I inform a user that an vibration option is not working due to phone settings?

I'm working on a phone app that works with Bluetooth Low Energy to interact with some hardware. When the Bluetooth has successfully connected to the hardware, it gives a short beep and a small ...
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What do you call a GUI widget that slides out from the left or right?

In mobile applications, many times you have the main content taking up the entire screen but there is a settings page also. To reach the settings page you can to put your finger on the left or right ...
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Is it a good practice to auto "switch-on" a setting based on a dialog confirmation?

Imagine that as a user, you can use an app to start the A/C of your vehicle remotely. To do that you just simply need to open the app, tap on "A/C" and then press start. But if the car is not plugged-...
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Portable input device, best practices for setup

We're working on a mobile 3D scanning device. The device is small handheld device, about the size of a gopro camera. The device has no display or other controls. The idea is that the user connects the ...
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Looking for UX pattern for selection that requires opt-in/opt-out option

I am working on a financial app and struggling with the UX in its settings area. The user needs to select with which method he/she wants to login to the app: faceID / fingerprint Only password ...
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GUI Settings Menu

So happy to find this forum! First post here, hope I understand the intent: I am trying to design a settings menu for HVAC control and I just really can't figure out the best way to portray the ...
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settings for sampling at a rate vs fixed increment

I am currently working on a web app for a sensor. This sensor logs a value at set increments. In the settings, I want the user to be able to change the units of time they use. I also want them to be ...
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Timer settings, when to use a combobox or spinbox?

I was creating a mockup for an login settings window, and when i came to the option for "auto logout", i was wondering if it should be a spinbox, allowing the user to set any value (in minutes), or a ...
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Pre-define bulk upload settings or prompt the user to choose their settings each time they upload

The scenario is a user has organised a bunch of folders and files which will be stitched together to form a book online. The idea is users will be able to drag & drop / click to upload all of ...
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How to handle settings which can be both set mechanically and via a computer?

I develop a device, which can be configured via a handful of binary settings. These can be set with mechanical switches (of course, internally they are evaluated electronically) However, optionally, ...
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Material Design: Should you use "Selection Controls" and "Text Fields" simultaneously

I know there are always exceptions to a design system. But as a general rule, should you avoid mixing Selection Control and Text Field components? I tend to think Selection Controls belong more in ...
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Which is clearer - cog/spanner/wrench icon for desktop website settings, or a text label?

Building a web-based tool which will really only be viewed on a desktop web browser (due to a restricted corporate environment). Trying to keep it as minimal as possible with no superfluous features. ...
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Should the "Send anonymous usage statistics" checkbox be enabled by default?

If you have a "Send anonymous usage statistics" checkbox in your application, should it be enabled by default or not? If you have it enabled by default, you will probably get more statistics, but some ...
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settings per user per location

I'm looking for an interface that will do the following task. I have a table with a list of locations and settings for each location by user. So, if I pick a user "John Doe", I'm presented with the ...
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Designing a large user preferences menu that isn't confusing

My app helps pianists to practise their scales. They press a button and are shown a random scale to play. They press the button again and they get another. I need to allow users to "turn-off" scales, ...
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Design settings page for wide layout?

My web app has a settings page. It's pretty normal: some broad categories on the left, then pairs of option-name - option-value settings on the main right-hand section. Works OK. However, on a full-...
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How to display an active ruleset in a combobox?

In our application, we have a small bar with settings. We're currently adding the ability to save multiple rulesets of settings that the user can easily switch between. I've added a simple combobox ...