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Should a dropdown be marked required in it has a default value?

I'm designing a form to create violations of employees from various departments. For quicker choosing the employee, I have a field for users to filter the department that the employee is from. Value ...
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Have checkbox in addition to "Select All" redundant?

Is having an additional checkbox to select all redundent and add unneeded complexity? The user frequently (maybe 40% of the time) selects numbers 1-33 as option so I would like to add a checkbox that ...
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Is it better UI design to allow users to type directly on a DataGridView in Windows Forms, or to have a separate form to submit data?

Is it better UI design to allow users to add input directly into a DataGridView, or to have a separate form to submit/edit data, which then gets shown in the DataGridView? Which is the more common ...
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Is it good practice to remember a user's selection of an option as a new default?

I absence of data to decide a good default, would it be good practice to remember the users last choice in a dialog box and use that as default the next time the dialog box is opened? Context I have ...
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Design graphical user interface

I'm about to design a GUI for creating/editing a filter. A filter can have one of the following types: Text Object name Object type Object attribute The following is a draft of a possible design: ...
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How to Show result of different methods with one goal

In a part of a winform application, there are different methods to achieve one goal, where users can select one or multiple ones. Suppose this part of the application is responsible for search ...
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Display to a user the selection of multiple colors in a cell of a DataGridView

I have two DataGridView, the first containing a list of users the other containing colors. First DataGridView (Users) The second DataGridView (Colors) By selecting a cell from the first ...
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Should RightToLeft be applied just to text or to image as well?

I have developed a control in which an image and text is displayed. In left-to-right mode, the text is located on the left and the image on right side of control: I have provided support for ...
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Editing an ordered list of short strings

I need to provide a means for our marketing team to add/remove/edit an ordered list of short descriptive strings (0 - 8 strings total). The strings are typically less than 50 characters but we need ...
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Should validation be done in a pop-up window or a new page?

I'm working on an enhancement for an application. The enhancement allows the users to validate and view the errors on their uploaded data. These errors are something the user would need to revisit. ...
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Design of multipurpose form

Im designing a multipurpose form. Im working on a Windows Application to manage team schedules. We got a a visual component to represent the events of each person in the team. Something like a ...
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When to use ellipses with ToolStripMenuItem Navigation

I have been tasked with standardising the menu systems on our product. At the moment some of the menu items have ellipses some do not. When would it be appropriate to display ellipses at the end of ...
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How best to lay-out this inventory program

I am a beginning programer and am working on creating a program that will allow people to keep track of inventory in their house. The program accepts barcodes scanned over a TCP/IP connection to add ...
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Ship Date and Delivery Date Picking with Blackout Days?

Lets say that a user is entering a ship date and a delivery date for a customer order. The customer wants it delivered on a particular day. The customer has blackout days such as weekends and ...
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Saved Search vs Ad Hoc Filters

I'm looking for a way to allow the user to perform a search quickly & easily, most of the time using saved searches with relative dates. Frequently the user will want to perform ad-hoc searches ...
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Using Image as button in Windows Form

I am making an application using Windows Form and it will be used on a tablet that mainly use touch/tap for input. Is it okay if I am using Image for buttons? Like using image for add, save, delete, ...
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Using slider component (TrackBar) as data navigation

I'm finishing an application and the UI of the approval was quite bad. Because the program is hitting production, I'm changing that UI. Ignore the foreign language, this is just a code+description ...
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Choosing two numbers, one with a broad range... spin buttons?

Re-designing a GUI for setting properties like frequency channel numbers, I want to let users choose two numbers. The first one ranges from 800 to 805 but the second one ranges from 00 to 99. On the ...
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Correct Use of ComboBox

I'm trying to think about a better interface for a combobox and grid control that I have in WinForms application. The combobox is used a search box to find Tenants that we have in a database. A user ...
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Additional textboxes on click of an element

In my application you can map certain fields by drag and drop. As soon as they are mapped I want them to be clickable to show textboxes into which the user can write additional information for the ...
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Should tabbing focus on datagridview

Should pressing the tab button within a windows form take the focus through a datagridview? What is the typical expectation of windows forms users from other applications? The purpose of the form is ...
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How do I indicate that fields are mandatory in Windows Desktop UI?

I need a method of indicating that certain fields are required within my forms on a Windows Desktop UI. I have read and searched the Windows Design Guidelines, but can not find a standard that ...
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What is the best way to let the user change the language in a windows forms application

Situaltion: I have a windows forms application which is currently only available in german for the end user There is an existing userbase which gets auto updates The application is already translated ...
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Are wizards appropriate for frequent tasks?

I want to refactor a large WinForm into a wizard. It's become large and overly complicated over the last few years and it's time for a redesign. There is definitely a clear workflow on the current ...
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What is the best way to communicate that certain functionality is currently unavailable in an application [duplicate]

Let's say there is some feature in an application (accessed via a button) that only becomes available once a number of criteria are met. Off the top of my head, there are 3 options here: Hide the ...
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Proper UI for Hierarchical Data Entry

I am developing a Windows Forms application to manage legal documents. Users will enter and modify information about these documents and much of this information is hierarchical. Documents have ...
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Legacy Text Interface (e.g. Telnet) to GUI [closed]

I work in a very large, established company with a consistent philosophy of, "If it's not broken, don't fix it." The (large) division of the company that is responsible for maintaining customer ...
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Best way for user to select data filters on a winforms/desktop ux?

We're doing some major changes into our existing layout for a Winforms (desktop) application. This application has a report manager and every single report is run-time created from an XML (layout) ...
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Are double tabs on the same level acceptable?

In my Windows application, I want to show the user some kind of map. The information displayed on this map can vary a lot, depending on filters set by the user. With these filters set, the user will ...
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Is there a generally accepted way of handling controls that are not the same size?

I am standardizing the spacing between controls in an existing winforms application. (4px between rows) The project uses telerik controls that cannot be resized. The telerik datepicker is 20px high ...
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Is a cancel button necessary in a windows form?

After reading the question "Is a cancel button necessary for a web form?", I still ask myself, whether the same applies to a Windows form/dialog box. Consider the following dialog box: Compared to ...
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What properly goes into the "caption" of a message box?

By convention, what is the best practice for the text that goes into the "caption" field of a text box? The "caption" field is the text that shows up in the title bar: I have experimented with ...
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