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Questions tagged [toolbar]

a menu bar with many items to perform common tasks in an application, often visible from the main window or all windows of an application.

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Toolbar at the bottom of texts/numbers busy screen

I have my app as the screen below. I need to place a toolbar with 2 buttons: one large button displaying the currently active list/deck of drugs (below it's written 'Pediatric Drugs' where he can ...
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Can I customize app bars on each destinations in a bottom navigation bar?

I am designing an Android app with 5 destinations in the bottom navigation bar. The main screen is one of them. It's a list of events and the app bar there is pretty custom - prominent with the logo, ...
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Is a 'single tab-stop' a valid goal for a toolbar which is almost the whole of the UI?

This W3C best practice document says To optimize the benefit of toolbar widgets... Implement focus management so the keyboard tab sequence includes one stop for the toolbar and arrow keys move ...
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What's the optimal toolbar placement?

This is how the tool works. Users need to first interact with the toolbar to see the information on the information panel. Currently we have two arguments regarding where should the toolbar and ...
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Multi-Workspaced UI

So I'm developing a word processor app in that also includes drawing tools. Nothing really crazy, just some simple vector drawing capabilities like node editing and layering. The problem I'm running ...
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Formatting toolbar in document editing app

I'm working on a web app (not mobile) which allows the creation and collaboration of legal documents. The business owner wants to have a fixed toolbar, as per this editing tool I'm using to write ...
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How to visually differentiate action toolbar buttons from toggle ones?

Toolbars generally have two types of buttons: Buttons that execute an action when user presses them. E.g., a file manager opens a separate command shell window. Buttons that switch application mode. ...
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How to hide a collapsible toolbar on a drawing mobile application?

While in fullscreen mode when the user taps a button on one corner of the screen, a small toolbar with a row of buttons appears. The buttons are not related to how the drawing should work, like for ...
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How should a mouse-over-for-keyboard-shortcuts be designed?

Our toolbar has a keyboard icon on the right, which, when hovered over, displays a large keyboard reference tooltip. Clicking the icon opens the settings' dialog on the tab for keyboard bindings. My ...
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If controls show different type of information, how much can they resemble each other?

I'm developing a UWP app to remotely access linux machines, and it includes a remote file explorer, and a simple editor. On both of those windows, I've got a status bar at the bottom, but they don't ...
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Why is this button of the Windows Explorer labelled “File”?

Since Windows 8, the file explorer has this glorified drop-down button: But why is it called "File"? It allows the user to do operations related to the OS, but has nothing to do with actual "Files". ...
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I need to justify why having two sidebars on the same side is wrong

Background I have a right sidebar and a left sidebar, both are shown all the time, the right sidebar purpose is to change the background in the middle editing frame by selecting one of the options in ...
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Where to put context-free controls in a tabbed UI?

First of all: With "context-free controls" I refer to controls whose behavior is independent of the selected tab. With "context-sensitive controls" I refer to controls whose behavior is dependent of ...
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When I should hide a toolbar in an Android App?

I'm designing an app navigation flow. It has a login screen from which we can go to a "Forgot password" screen. Once we logged in we go to the "Main screen" there I've a toolbar with a gear item that ...
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Name for vertically sliced interfaces?

I'm wondering if there's already a commonly used name for these types of interfaces. The idea is that the content is sliced in to several columns, with very little in the way of horizontal menus ...
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Monochrome or Colorful Icons for the Toolbar of a Desktop Application?

I'm going to create a new icon theme for Libreoffice (a word processing application that runs on Windows, Mac and Linux), but I still need to make some decisions regarding the style of the icons. The ...
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Popovers vs modals vs docked tools

When conceiving a CMS and a wysiwyg, I'm not sure of which options to choose to display editing tools. I'm more a dev than a designer, so I prefer avoiding as much as possible modals, because I'd like ...
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Small number of commands in single window application

I work on an application that reads barcodes, reads information from the database and then enters this information into another application through UI automation. As shown in the screenshot the main ...
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Responsive design for a suggestion/toolbar

In this software a user can enter a query and the system produces an image or an output. Attached to the output is a toolbar that modifies The output based on user input. however with the current ...
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Is it OK to use hamburger menus in iOS?

So, I have about 7 actions users may need in my app, and I have to use text instead of icons because it is a customer requirement. I can add only 3 actions to my toolbar on iPhone 6. On Android you ...
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Where should I put a UIBarButtonItem if there is only one? On the right or on the left?

here is my question. What is better for the UX, put a UIBarButtonItem (or equivalent in other platforms) at the right side of the UIToolbar (like the image below shown, like Whatsapp does it on the ...
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Better way to lay out toolbar with varying width titles and button groups?

I've got a toolbar that displays the current context's title in breadcrumb navigation links and has a set of buttons to perform actions on the displayed context. The title is going to vary in width ...
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When to use a tool based UX and when to use a button based UX for a spreadsheet app?

To explain what I mean by the terms: Tool based UX: select a tool from a tool bar, and use the tool on some part of the resource. Examples: Photoshop, Minecraft. Button based UX: select a resource, ...
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Mobile web app, site name required in navbar?

Everywhere I've read that on a web site, you must have your site's name in the upper left-hand corner. But for mobile web apps, is this truly necessary, especially when there are so much more useful ...
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Two toolbars in master-detail view

We're creating a new version of an application that is based on a master-detail view of data. So basically there is a list of records at the top and detail information about selected record at the ...
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iPad - How to emphasize the difference between a browser toolbar and a web app toolbar?

I'm looking for suggestions on how an iPad app that includes web browser controls can distinguish these controls from ones that may be provided by the web content. Here the chrome toolbar on top is ...
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Rearranging buttons on a vertical toolbar

I'm designing a windows software interface and I'm focusing now on a vertical toolbar with 20+ buttons. In a big screen, we have enough vertical space to fit all the buttons in a single column, but as ...
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How to display view options buttons in a top toolbar in mobile and desktop?

I have a webapp with a list of items. The items can be viewed in grid view (tiles) or in a vertical list. At the top, I have a toolbar of sorts that have two icons that the user can toggle between ...
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Official name for iOS bar which notifies web browser of native app

Super simple question (I think) - does anyone know what the official term is for the non-intrusive apple bar which notifies a user of an available app to use natively on their phone? For an example, ...
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How usable are bars that disappear / reappear on scroll?

From http://usabilitypost.com/2014/05/24/the-scroll-up-bar/: A design pattern that is currently growing more popular is the fixed position bar at the top of the page. Sometimes the bar stays the ...
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Multiple ways to provide similar functionality in a text editor

I am working on a text editor (web app) which will provide powerful, customizable functionality, but in a minimal (requirement) appearance. One of the functions is: "create new snippet". I want this ...
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Why do installers still try to install toolbars? [closed]

I just updated my Java, and when I de-selected the checkbox to install their toolbar, I wondered: does anybody in the world even use toolbars for anything anymore? None of the modern browsers have a ...
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When is it appropriate to use a complex interface, and when we should keep things simple?

I have a general question about layouts incorporating toolbars, sidebars, and/or panels. Common design sense might stress simplicity, not to cram too many elements into the UI design. But we often ...
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Buttons in the “tab area” of a page control

Is it OK to put buttons (or a toolbar) in the "tab area" of a page control? In the example above, the number of tabs is fixed. The rationale behind this is to "save space". However. It "feels" ...
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When should a top bar be fixed?

When should we have a fixed top bar? The StackExchange™ MultiCollider SuperDropdown™ isn't fixed, as it scrolls with the page, while Facebook's top bar is, because it stays on screen no matter how ...
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Vertical action-bar vs a horizontal action bar

I had a discussion today with a UX professional who is more experienced than me. The discussion was around the placement of a list of actions (Tools, Add To Gallery, Send Email, etc.) The person I was ...
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Actions and navigation buttons in the same toolbar?

In our application, each view has a title bar and a toolbar. The toolbar contains two types buttons: Actions: e.g. Create new project, action is performed in the same view Navigation links, e.g. Go ...
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Navbars that hide when scrolldown and show when scrolling up

I've noticed this trend on several popular websites (linkedin, Google+) and personally really dislike it. I'm wondering what other people's experiences are. Basically, there's a navbar on the top of ...
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Why is the Windows taskbar default at the bottom?

In Windows operating systems the taskbars default position is at the bottom. Why is that so? Especially it is strange to me because all windows application have their main menu bar at the top. To me ...
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Should I use ActionBar pattern to make a choice between Camera and Gallery?

I have baked the Camera and Gallery choices into the ActionBar at the top of the screen using a splashscreen as content. I have even been told not to use the ActionBar at all. This is my screen: ...
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Icon for “Remove All” getting confused with “Remove” - how to fix? [closed]

Our application has a button to Remove (removes selected item) and Remove All. Currently the icons are right next to each other and look similar; therefore users accidentally have been clicking ...
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Do we really need the system tray, taskbar and “quick start” separate?

When I fast came across Windows 7 taskbar combined with "quick start" toolbar, I thought it's an ugly idea. But today I noticed that I tend to move my applications into the system tray anyway - as an ...
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When to use static (i.e., sticky) navigation bars?

As an amateur web designer I've been paying close attention to websites' designs to improve my grasp on this field, I noticed that some websites are using sticky navigation bars while others are using ...
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“Click-and-drop” alternative to drag-and-drop, for accessibility (and maybe mobile-web)

I have observed some people fumble with a mouse. They seem unable to synchronize clicking the buttons and sliding the mouse consistently, to where they drag things when they only meant to click on ...
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Should icons in a toolbar reference an action or the object?

When deciding on which icon to use in a toolbar is it better for an icon to reference the action or the object? Example: Action = Export data to excel. The object in this case is Excel (destination ...
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Navigation bar vs toolbar in iPad and related controls

I'm getting a bit confused with navigation bars and toolbars when migrating from iPhone to iPad, since toolbars in iPad seem to be moved to the top, as described in iOS Human Interface Guidelines, so ...
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Use of tab bar and navigation bar in iPhone app

I'm developing an app that provides information about companies. I would like to have tab bar buttons for "Favorites" view and "Search" view. I also need tools for actions, for example in the ...
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Adding paging, sorting and filtering toolbars to a table

I have a bunch of report views, which essentially are tables. They should enable the user with sorting, paging and filtering capabilities. My idea is to add those features via menu-bars. Paging ...
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Desktop applications with no toolbars

I'm developing a brand new user interface for an old (20+-year) desktop application. Commands have several ways that they can be accessed — main menu, context menu, keyboard shortcut, and a ...
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Toolbar buttons - to be or not to be?

I need to create a toolbar for my application, and let's assume that due to external constraints it must be a regular toolbar, not a ribbon. The application itself has a significant number of ...