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Questions tagged [textbox]

A text box, text field or text entry box is a graphical control element intended to enable the user to input text information to be used by the program. Human Interface Guidelines recommend a single-line text box when only one line of input is required, and a multi-line text box only if more than one line of input may be required. Non-editable text boxes can serve the purpose of simply displaying text.

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How to indicate that user needs to tab out of a field for search to trigger

I have added couple of text boxes to filter columns based on values and we trigger a search once the user enters a value and tabs out of the field. Sometimes the user presses the enter action to ...
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Is the full behaviour of textboxes documented anywhere?

PC games often have to build their own UI widgets (buttons, input textboxes, etc). Fortunately it's relatively trivial to write one's own textbox from scratch given only a 2D drawing API and user-...
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How Would I Tell the User That I'm Accepting “MSDOS Wildcards”?

I have a text input in which I am accepting wildcards. Namely the * which matches any number of characters and the ? which matches exactly 1 character. Is there a name for this wildcard system, which ...
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Truncating or not pasting a string when pasting it in a text field with max character shorter than string length?

what would be the best solution when trying to paste a string that is longer than the maximum allowed number of characters in a text field: Truncate the string in the clipboard or not pasting at all? ...
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Should have a cancel button when the action itself is to cancel

This is a dialogue box from an employee scheduling application. Here, the action to be performed is to Cancel the approved timesheet with a reason. "Request cancellation" button is for cancelling the ...
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Office Fabric UI: How to present inline help next to Text Field? [closed]

The Office Fabric UI docs don't seem to specify how to present inline/contextual help alongside TextFields: add-ins/design/textfield E.g. is it smaller text below the field in some kind of container ...
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Fade right side of the text of a material design like input

I'm trying to improve my UI so the user understands that there is more text than what he sees on the screen. I had a couple of ideas: Fade right side of the input Place 3 dots if the text is longer ...
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Indicating mandatory field without labels

I have multiple forms in my application. I have used minimalistic view where there are no explicit labels for fields. For example, check wireframe displayed below: Here First Name, Last Name, and ...
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How to indicate in a text area there are more lines of text hidden?

We are talking about a dialog in a Windows desktop application. I have text areas that most of the time contain only one line of text, but may occasionally contain several lines. Due to limited space ...
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Align text left or right Next to textBox?

I have a Label and a Textbox next to it. I am trying to find out which layout is the best for usability? Right-Aligned Labels Left-Alignment Labels
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Mixing squared textboxes and rounded buttons [duplicate]

Is it bad UX to make rounded button and squared text box, and which is the best to do?
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Need help in deciding the layout of an interaction

I am currently designing a system where doctor needs to input a reason for every case(patient history). My current concern is the placement of the reason box. First time there will not be any data in ...
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How to show big textblock?

I have a reporting tool where input filter has standard date from, date to, some checkboxes, but main input is a list of comma separated items (~1000). Now I don't want to make a huge textblock that ...
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How to create a custom textbox with a label and value

I am not a designer but I am dealing with a task to implement a functionality. I have to develop a working UI where a user can enter values into text-boxes inside a grid. While entering these values ...
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what is the max limit characters allowed for text filed on iphone when you save a contact's first and last name? [closed]

I am designing a new app for iOS and I need to know what is the max characters allowed to use in a text field for when entering a new contact's first and last name so it wont have "..." and the full ...
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Type at least n characters before you can submit the form

This is not a duplicate of this question since that one is about searching. We have a simple form containing one text area and a submit button. download bmml source – Wireframes created with ...
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What are all the interaction mechanics for text input boxes?

Modern operating systems appear to have fairly standard and consistent behaviour for interacting with text input boxes in various ways. For example: Pressing Home or Alt+LeftArrow will move the ...
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What's the best way to tell a user that the field is a textbox?

The situation: I have to tell the user that those fields are actually a textbox and they have to enter something in that, the one before the red square (amount) is readonly and can't be changed. I ...
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What should be the UX for ellipsis on a text in list mode?

In a list mode, I have a description column. Each record can contain a lot of text for this description field. Even if it is considered secondary information by the user, I still need to display it. ...
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Lots of buttons with user input if none are applicable

I am creating a quiz and one of the questions needs to have a list of options for the user to select one. But also, if the answer is not in the options, I need to allow the user the write the answer ...
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Textarea height

I need to use a textarea and it must not be resizable, is there an standard of how many lines it could have or maximum size of it? Remember that I just want to make confortable the reading and ...
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Should customer support requests have a character limit?

I'm building a simple customer support request / support ticket form, and I think that it might make sense to enforce a character limit. Long-winded requests can sometimes be difficult to fill. A ...
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Is it good UX to right align numerical data in a text field when editing?

I understand it's a necessity when it comes to viewing data in a table or a list that numeric values should be righ aligned. but when it comes to editing the values in a text field, should it be same? ...
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Multiple data entry for a form field

I am creating a form that contains, among its different search criteria fields, a textbox where users can specify none, one or more phone numbers. Initially users could only specify one or no phone ...
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Is there a UX pattern for “drop-down preferred but free text allowed”?

Trying to design a user interface screen for a part of the system where users will be able to select companies from a drop-down. The drop-down list is potentially very long. However, if the company is ...
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Variable highlighting in formulas

I have an application in which there is a filter bar. These filters are clickable labels. After clicking one, this label becomes a editable. Recently, we added functionality to use variable names in ...
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Select with accompanied textarea alternative

Problem: I have a requirement for a predefined list of text that can range from 100 to 400+ chars. This list should be shown to the user in some fashion and then, once one of the items is selected, ...
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Autocomplete only specific words within a Freetext Box capturing a paragraph of text

I have a use-case where the user (a nurse) has to enter case-notes which is a paragraph of free-format text in a box. But to speed things up, auto-complete is proposed to be offered for certain ...
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Providing a user with the option of a drop down or a custom entry textbox on a web form?

On a web form I'm currently working on there are several places where there is a drop down of common entries, and a text-box below which a user can enter a custom entry type. I'm at a loss as to how ...
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Is it better to label input fields, watermark them, or both? [duplicate]

When building forms, you need to effectively communicate with the user what information should be placed inside of the text boxes. I've seen a combination of watermarks in text boxes and labels for ...
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Proper control to select a fixed (text) value or numerical value

I want users to be able to choose to run a simulation that uses either the historical return on a stock or one where they select the numerical average return across the simulations. One way to do this ...
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Placement of components in a “Confirmation with a textarea” pop-up dialog box

I really have an aim to get better at UX-design. As a part of a new feature I have come up with the following dialog box which prompts the user if he/she is sure that they want to delete followed by a ...
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Does the height of an input field affect UX?

Overview I'm working on a project that includes an in-browser Chat feature. We're looking for ways to improve the UX. Problem Today, our online chat UI offers a textareathat allows customers to ...
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Make user aware that he cannot enter arbitrary values into textbox?

In my current web project I have a textbox where the user can enter a bid for an auction. However, to prevent bidding of arbitrary sums, only certain values that match predetermined intervals are ...
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Why the textfield in Google Material Design without box

Why the text fields (as below) in Google Material Design are without boxes? Here is a live demo of Material Design text fields. Polymer paper elements - paper-input What are the benefits of this ...
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Hinting at alphanumeric character in input patterns?

When hinting at the format for strict data entry in a textbox on a website (<input type="text"/>), I normally use A to represent alphabetic characters, and 9 for numeric characters. Therefore ...
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Text Boxes: Balancing first impression with usability

I recently read Joel Spolsky's article Designing for People Who Have Better Things To Do With Their Lives, Part Two, and was intrigued by this: ... You may have noticed that almost every edit box ...
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How to give feedback about keypresses in password fields

Entering normal text in short text-boxes gives a visual feedback as You can actually see the letter you pressed The letters shift. However, with password fields masked by dots/asterisks, there is ...
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Why are product keys always uppercase?

As the title says, is there a specific reason for why products keys are (almost) always in uppercase? Does it serve a purpose? Here's what I mean by a product key: ABCD-1234-EFGH-5678-IJKL Why ...
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How to present a long list of autocomplete items beside a short list

We have the requirement to implement the autocomplete feature for the search textbox. That's when user enters a certain search term, the web should bring the suggestions that let her/him do these ...
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Multiple comment box

I have multiple comment text box in my page.User make comments to every categories.I have 13 categories.How can i make my page user friendly. Current site Accordion sample
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When is it a good idea to force a format in a text box for currency?

Is this a good idea to format a text box if it's only for currency? It makes sure the user does not enter unwanted characters, including the decimal character. What I have now is this. For example, ...
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How best to let a user specify a subsets of a series of really long lists of long titles?

I'm writing a special-purpose CMS. It focuses on brief, rich text content as nodes in a large network of densely interrelated information. There are many different kinds of relationships, like "...
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Any reason not to programmatically put the cursor in the search box by default view instead of forcing the user to click before writing the search?

Is there any reason not to programmatically put the cursor in the search box by deafult instead of forcing the user to click before writing the search? Google for instance does this but not always. ...
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Do “add” or “edit” functions need a confirm button?

I am designing a UI that includes a list of items that you can add to or edit. When you click on an item it turns into a text dialogue. When you click off or hit "enter" it saves the changes. Does ...
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What is the best way to request individual characters from a password?

Frequently, sites that should really value security (especially banks) ask for several individual characters from a password. Typically I've seen them do it like this: download bmml source – ...
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Store Locator - State and/or postcode?

I'm designing a website, which has store locator functionality. I live in Australia, which has 7 states. Some users may not know their postcode by heart, and may find it easier to just select their ...
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What is the best way to indicate that text in a text input field is editable?

Imagine an app like yelp. In this case, you select the amount of stars that you want to rate something. When you do, a pre-generated text is displayed in the text input field. You can either keep this ...
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Combining text entry and drop down functionality

In a complex data entry app I am trying to minimise the amount of stuff on screen. So I considered combining text entry and drop down into a single element. So the user can either select from the ...
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iPad cancel button in multiple line fields

I have a text field that starts out as one line and can sometimes expand to multiple lines. When it's one line I'd like to have a cancel button in it like this: (Enter text here X), but I'm not ...