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What does the user gain from it being hidden? And what does he or she lose by hiding it? It's a compromise of more space or cleaner look vs. potentially confusing the user with inconsistent columns across the application. Maintain Consistency and Adhere to Standards (Usability Heuristic #4) Users should not have to wonder whether different words, situations,...


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It is better to keep your columns same in every case. Instead of removing empty columns you may choose to use minus sign for empty content.


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The reason the Size column is shown in your examples is because in some cases, there will be items with sizes. A user might drop a file into the folder, which would have a size. If the Size column were hidden sometimes, the user might wonder, "Is this because there are no items with sizes, or because the system has a bug?" If there will never, ever ...


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I made some assumptions about what you described. Assumptions n1: User#A has a basic IT education. User#B is a millennial. Assumption n2: User doesn´t need to update this information quite often. Answer: I will prioritize the "view details" as label for the button instead of "edit". Maybe I am wrong; if you provide more context, it could ...


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Option 1 If the text choice in the cell implies confusion regarding the action involved, remove the text and put an icon for each action Option 2 Add interactivity Hovering : show the details and replace "View details" by "Edit" Clicking : edit the content


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Why don't you provide both? You might want to shorten "View details" into just "view", "more" or "details": "EDIT" shows the modal in edit mode, "DETAILS" shows the modal in view mode with the edit button present, just like in your examples. Having two links and a same modal with a view and edit ...


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