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Should I put a back button on my form wizard?

The back button is important. Users should be able to correct any mistakes and review what they have already entered. Also, I do not find the back button a reason users will not finish the form, on ...
DesignerAnalyst's user avatar
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Should I put a back button on my form wizard?

Allowed but not emphasized The key is to provide the ability to step back, but not encourage it. If it's over-emphasized, some people will feel compelled to review their work regardless. The ...
plainclothes's user avatar
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Mobile app navigation: Back vs. cancel

What creates confusion i.m.o. is the back and the close button being on the same level in the visual hierarchy where as they act on different levels. Wouldn't it be more clear when the close button is ...
Ruudt's user avatar
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Should I disable or hide the Back button in last step of Wizard

You should remove any buttons that are not available to the user. A disabled state implies that there may be some action that will re-enable the button. However, you need to make sure the user is ...
Roux Martin's user avatar
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Should opening a modal box change the browser history?

YES INDEED For most users, this will be just another page. And conceptually, they will be right, they have no idea about the technical part, they only know that by clicking or doing something they ...
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Back button on mobile web app

Question 1: Back button is totally needed! There is a few reasons for this. With a back button, you ensure consistancy accross devices and browsers. Each browser could have the button in different ...
alexbouchard's user avatar
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Mobile app navigation: Back vs. cancel

I would encourage you to consider whether a cancel button is truly necessary in this situation. What is the likelihood that the user will wish to cancel their entire submission? Is it more likely ...
denveruxer's user avatar
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Mobile app navigation: Back vs. cancel

I find the second version confusing. I think that the same button should be placed at the same place in the different screens. But I have to say that I find the first option confusing as well. To me,...
Dimitra Miha's user avatar
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Is it a good idea to make the forward button of the browser go to the next step?

No, it's not a good idea. Apart from the fact that nobody would expect it (principle of least surprise), it's already established that the back and forward buttons move through your browser history -- ...
Isvara's user avatar
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Cancel button, reset form or go back?

It's not a good practice to have different behaviours for actions that look similar to the user. "Cancel" is a way for a user to "Exit" a process or action without making changes. ...
nuwa's user avatar
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How should Android back button behave when it's not possible to go back to previous screen?

By default an Android application minimizes and returns to the home screen when it is no longer possible to go back further inside the app itself. Deviating from such a pattern is likely to result in ...
GWv's user avatar
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Why there is <- Back button on top of tool bar in Android

The left-pointing arrow in the action bar is actually an "Up" button. It works a bit differently than the back button -- instead of going back to the screen you visited last, it goes to the screen ...
Tin Man's user avatar
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Why don't Facebook and Instagram use back-to-top buttons/links?

To some extent, they DO have that, though not in exactly that form. In many of those apps (Facebook and Twitter, at least, and Gmail in the desktop), clicking on the main Nav item that best represents ...
Mattynabib's user avatar
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Should I put a back button on my form wizard?

Considering something like a survey, I might want to move information betweens answer (or copy it). If I can't, I'm quite likely to think that the whole thing is a waste of time, and give up. ...
Chris H's user avatar
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Back function in (mobile) native apps vs. web apps

This answer is focused on Android, it might or not be applicable to iOS. Google Material Guidelines has a very complete section on Navigation which describes how a user interacts with the navigation ...
Alvaro's user avatar
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How do I know when to use back or close button (or both) on mobile apps

Question 1: Arrow or X Generally speaking the arrow indicates that "you", the user, will return to a previous page of a sequence. If a user selects an action and that entire action is done on one ...
Mayo's user avatar
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Should a message show up confirming the user wants to leave when they press on a 'back' button within an app?

This is a good question but I am afraid the answers are going to be opinionated. My answer is based on my experiences with various apps. When a two-step exit is helpful On feed-based apps that don't/...
Shreyas Tripathy's user avatar
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IOS - Back icon + 'back' label vs back icon only

Use icon + text when the back icon is on the top navbar. Here's why: iOS uses the < symbol for Back. This takes very less real estate so having text makes sense It may get missed when used on the ...
Shreyas Tripathy's user avatar
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Mobile: Back after edit should go to the edit again?

For both the scenarios, pressing back should take the user to the list of homework. The Edit action should only be accessible by the Edit button When the user clicks on the Back button, he/she ...
Shreyas Tripathy's user avatar
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Going back to a list of pages after reading a page

If you're looking for user friendly, then browser's back button should suffice, it's a known and expected behavior, and for one level navigation, it's what most users will look for. Now, if you want ...
Devin's user avatar
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Back and Exit buttons on one page.. Is it user-friendly?

Without reading what the top right button does (Go back button), I thought that it would take me back to the previous screen, not previous step, but the place where you clicked in order to get in this ...
Dimitra Miha's user avatar
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Does it make sense to put a back button on first page of a wizard?

Design is communication, and good design meets expectations And landing on the first screen (having clicked to initiate the wizard) and seeing a screen with only a next button communicates "Yes, you ...
dennislees's user avatar
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How can I make it clear for our users that Logo button is also a Back button?

You should have a separate header for the website builder which will have back navigation button. It should be separate from the theme header which currently consists of the theme logo and other ...
Sheraz's user avatar
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How can I make it clear for our users that Logo button is also a Back button?

The problem lies with the logo, it's synonymous with back to homepage. I would recommend breadcrumbs or an additional nav like the above answer.
Calum's user avatar
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Recommended browser back button behaviour for SPA's

Test with your prospective users. As you suggest, both sides have pros and cons but the best way to settle the matter is to get a bunch of users to test a prototype. Taking control of the browser's ...
Roux Martin's user avatar
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Cancel button, reset form or go back?

I see two things here that I think can be improved. You don't need an "edit" button in the rows of your table. I think it's a better flow if you direct your user to a detail page first, and ...
Kriem's user avatar
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Users are not figuring out that they can use breadcrumb to navigate to go to the previous page

Have you tried using a signifier such as a colour, that makes the text look more like a link you can click on? I've even seen some designers use pills/buttons for each page title, to make it more ...
Moxxie Maximus's user avatar
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Android: what are the best practices for up/back buttons?

I'm aware that his question and answer are quite old, but dimshik seems to ignore the difference between 'back' navigation and 'up' navigation. The source he provides only talks about one of the ...
Martin's user avatar
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Android: what are the best practices for up/back buttons?

Back navigation is how users move backward through the history of screens they previously visited. All Android devices provide a Back button for this type of navigation, so your app should not add ...
dimshik's user avatar
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Back Navigating with Android Fragments and Navigation Drawer

I am in a similar situation as you, and I completely see your point. In my case when I switch section with the navigation drawer, a new fragment is presented. When the user navigates in the section ...
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