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User's reaction to a web-browser opening upon exiting application

Highjacking expected user flows is bad. If a user closes an app, they expect it to close, not start opening up other apps (even if it's just a browser). Beyond annoying, it can be perceived as ...
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Do websites still have to support Internet Explorer 8 and below?

It strikes me that you probably should have researched your userbase before building the site. But hey, you're in this situation now so you need to deal with it as you find it. I am not surprised ...
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How many users use browser's text search within a page?

To answer the question you asked: Keyboard shortcuts tend to be used by only a small subset of people ("power users"). This is a pretty set-in-stone shortcut—if an application responds to ...
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User's reaction to a web-browser opening upon exiting application

From a user's perspective, don't hijack my browser! Please. Don't touch the other software on my computer unless you're making it clear what's about to happen, and I have the option to opt out or ...
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Why does backspace go back a page? This behavior is so frustrating!

I don't know how it started but I can add my two cents about what ALL my clients say: $%!$% what the @$#%#% just happened? Why did the page change? Now I have to fill in that form all over again. I ...
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How many users use browser's text search within a page?

Found an article sourcing a study conducted by Google in 2011 in the US. Apparently, 90% of the participants didn't know about it. "90 percent of the US Internet population does not know that. This ...
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User's reaction to a web-browser opening upon exiting application

Relax. Don't be the next king of spam. Generally speaking (and I know generalisations are super unpopular around here, so bear with me) you should not be thinking about the first time the user quits ...
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Do websites still have to support Internet Explorer 8 and below?

Windows Internet Explorer 8 is also no longer supported, so if you use it (or any other browser) to surf the web, you might be exposing your PC to additional threats. Ref: Windows XP support has ...
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User's reaction to a web-browser opening upon exiting application

You're asking about bundling ads with your game. Tread carefully. Software that opens a web browser to an advertisement, without the user's consent, is called adware, and it's universally hated. It'...
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Message saying "your browser is not supported" in corporate environment?

If you are in a corporate setting, then you have control over your users. There are various ways you can lock them down to what browser they are allowed to use, whether its through an Image, Group ...
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Do websites still have to support Internet Explorer 8 and below?

Don't blame the user for their situation. This is not about who's right, and what's correct. The last thing you want to do, from a UX perspective, is judge your users. A modal dialog telling them to ...
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Why do browsers allow users to open more tabs than it is possible to manage for a good user experience?

Arbitrary Limits are Bad Arbitrary limits are rarely a good thing. I am sure there is a limit somewhere (maybe 256 tabs?) but as long as it is far out of normal usage, most users never know and will ...
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How to determine the oldest browser version to support before you have users

I have dealt with this question many times, and it's all a question of cost effectiveness. You should ask yourself: do the X% additional users that use IE 6-8 worth the Y% additional development ...
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How many users use browser's text search within a page?

I think you asked the wrong question. It's not just the number of users that matter: you should consider the types of users you exclude too. I literally used Ctrl+F to follow the link to this page. I'...
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How to test website for large screens?

Well you can easily do it in Mozilla Firefox. Try pressing Ctrl+Shift+M Then you can choose from varieties of resolutions, also for your custom resolutions. You can drag the sides to increase and ...
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Statistics or research on browser window size based on the display screen size

I love this question, and I love that you asked it. Points given. I also think it's fundamentally misunderstanding how we approach to adaptive/responsive design - which is really not surprising since ...
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Why does backspace go back a page? This behavior is so frustrating!

How did this come about? In 2005 this was implemented on Mozilla Firefox for the following reasons: The backspace key was mapped to the browser ‘Back’ function in Mozilla for consistency with ...
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Do websites still have to support Internet Explorer 8 and below?

I thought about sharing an interesting insight: IE8 is dying fast (looks like exponential decay). Not dead yet, but by the end of the year and by the current trend, IE8 market share globally should ...
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Why Google Chrome does not have a GoTo link button like other browsers?

Chrome used to have a "go button", which was removed in Google Chrome 6.0.437.1 (dev) - June 2010. You can read about some of the motivation on the issue tracker, although there isn't a lot of ...
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Why Browsers load Websites gradually?

Technically this is caused by the fact that images and other assets are generally hosted separately, and the browser only knows to go fetch them when the document uses them. It would be technically ...
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How to determine the oldest browser version to support before you have users

Part of the answer may be dependent on market segment. If you're targeting Asia, you'll need to skew toward older versions of IE. Likewise for users that have overbearing IT departments that are ...
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What is the best way to tell users to scroll down in browsers?

First of all, you should not end a page at blank spaces. You should end them at the top portion of the next page's first section. Use scroll icons such as this: to inform the user about the ...
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Best practice for scroll bars in a browser on iPad

How about using a multi-step form? It looks like you're essentially already doing this, just with an accordion. Source - Omkar Bailkeri This would ensure the user always knew they could scroll (gotta ...
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User's reaction to a web-browser opening upon exiting application

You said you only want to do this the first time they exit - is this because you know it's annoying and don't want to annoy them? Consider that thought when making the decision how to approach this. ...
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Why people open a lot of tabs in their browser if they don't really use them?

I disagree with your statement that, at the end of browser sessions, most people close previously opened tabs. I am certain that most people, who open large number of tabs in browser, keep them open ...
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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 breaking sites

There are three reasons for this behaviour: A lot of new web apps are utilising Javascript MVC frameworks and the concept of the single page app. In this context, in order tot make the sort of ...
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Is there a need to develop for IE8 and earlier?

Depends. I face this decision almost every day. Sometimes is easier, sometimes is harder, but there are certain rules that can help. Like Tohster says, demographics plays a big role, and as a matter ...
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User's reaction to a web-browser opening upon exiting application

I would be furious and instantly uninstall the game. I would very likely leave a very negative review warning others about this behavior. Though I have a newer machine where it is less important, ...
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Why do some websites hijack "open in new tab"?

It's unlikely that there's intentional malice. There are times when "new tab" functionality is intentionally violated, usually because the website is written as a "single page application" (SPA). SPAs ...
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