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Which option better communicates the default state for a search box as "everything."

I would strongly suggest you go with the first option but with a change. The second option introduces a programatic step (selecting from the dropdown) that the user should not have to make - There is ...
Roux Martin's user avatar
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Searching with mandatory filters

If the filter is mandatory, choose the most frequent search as the default. You can try a scoped search dropdown before the search input field. This way the search button is Active from the beginning. ...
Mike M's user avatar
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How many pixels the "normal" letter-spacing is?

Normally you cannot measure letter spacing in pixels, unless there is some special circumstance. First, each font has a different spacing. Second, the spacing is different for each letter in most ...
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Searching with mandatory filters

I remember GitHub had something like what Mike M suggested for their search. I just noticed that it's changed, and what they do now is make the selection a part of their autocomplete-like menu: I ...
JoL's user avatar
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Default Date for Birthdate

You shouldn't set a default for a birthday. Just as you shouldn't set a default for: Name Email Credit card number Credit card expiry date etc. The line of reasoning goes like this: Usability ...
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How many pixels the "normal" letter-spacing is?

This is called kerning and just like joojaa said, it's different on every font, UNLESS you are using monospace fonts. In this case, just get the font you're using and simply measure it with any design ...
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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 ...
phyrfox's user avatar
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How to clarify a field contains a smart default/suggestion that's still editable?

Essentially, your users can either select one of your suggestions, or input their own custom name, so I'd present all of these in a single radio button list. This would present your automatic ...
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Searching with mandatory filters

Since this is a mandatory tasks before interacting with search, consider search like the Call to action like save or submit. Before you can accomplish these actions you must fill out a form. In this ...
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How to revert back to a default input field value?

I think this depends a lot on how users interact with the field and how they change the default value. If, for example, the default value acts like placeholder text, then a 'clear' symbol such as an '...
Roux Martin's user avatar
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How to make it clear which button is the Primary (default)?

Visual weight In the example below the secondary option has draws much less attention than the primary option. How you do that is up to you. Different situation but same issue. The other thing that ...
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Searching with mandatory filters

If these are the only two options and are likely to remain so, I would go with something like this: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups
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Searching with mandatory filters

Did you consider an auto-suggest search for both categories? That way you provide the user with immediate value before forcing him to make a further choice..
Yoav Barak's user avatar
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What's the most appropriate default year for a datepicker?

The most appropriate answer is "it depends", I reckon. First of all, I'd say there isn't one most appropriate date for the events like graduation (which can be anywhere between this year and past ...
Mike's user avatar
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Which option better communicates the default state for a search box as "everything."

One option to reduce the amount of clicks from your second option would be to include an extra line in the form in which the user can decide if they want to search specifically or for any reference. ...
RobbyReindeer's user avatar
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Expected behavior of "Apply default option to all" checkbox

Don't make this is overly complicated for the user. A checkbox defines a state not an action and it is guess work for the user what will happen when it is checked or unchecked. So this should be an ...
jazZRo's user avatar
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Why is showing battery percentage turned off by default?

I have two assumptions, data and screen real-estate. I think the phone's OS developer found that a lot of users were turning off the show battery percentage feature and were content with just knowing ...
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form: default radio options and branching

You are right about the order, but it would be much easier to answer if the options are direct answers to the question that is asked. In this case that would be like: Is this a Not-For-Profit ...
AKara's user avatar
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Which option better communicates the default state for a search box as "everything."

You could just split the Filter into two parts: A display of the current Search Filter An input Field to search a suitable filter Initial State: After Typing: You can then synchronize the two ...
Falco's user avatar
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What is the purpose of the 60-second shutdown timer in macOS?

Ubuntu (Xubuntu at least) has something similar but 30 seconds. It's mainly an "are you sure" that doesn't prevent the user clicking shutdown and leaving the machine (what happens if you shut the ...
Chris H's user avatar
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What is the purpose of the 60-second shutdown timer in macOS?

Some thing can be done remotely when a user is logged on, this allow a cancel to save work. Also it can be used in unattended installs.
bbaassssiiee's user avatar
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Checked checkboxes vs. unchecked checkboxes

From a users perspective; you should ask your users whether or not they want them checked or not. You can do either A/B testing or prototype testing. From a business perspective; you should pre-check ...
MJB's user avatar
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Mandatory select list default value or empty?

I'm starting to think that it might be better to make the user choose explicitely to avoid errors/wrong inputs. Sometimes what to do is mandated by law exactly to prevent this kind of errors. Imagine ...
Adriano Repetti's user avatar
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Searching with mandatory filters

Probably not an ideal design decision — I mean I certainly wouldn’t do this, but since the client seems to be a bit of a stickler, I’m just throwing it out there as an idea. Two search bars, one for ...
Fernando Vega's user avatar
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"Reset to Default" UI for Computed / Synced Fields

Wrong Problem? First, I’ll give what I believe is the solution to the wrong problem. That solution is the same as for the Default UI Element question: a default command button. Such a button replaces ...
Michael Zuschlag's user avatar
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Default Date for Birthdate

Depending on the target audience of the app, i reckon one could set the default date as the minimum expected age . For eg if the minimum expected age is 18 , show the default date as 01-Jan-1998 in ...
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What is the purpose of the 60-second shutdown timer in macOS?

I assume it serves two purposes: confirmation that you want to shut down, but also in the case of if somebody clicks the shutdown button and then walks away from the computer, expecting it to shut ...
Troy Troy's user avatar
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More appropriate button text for resetting default settings

If you can only use one word from 'reset to default options', use "reset". It clearly communicates an action. Using "defaults" is ambiguous because it can mean restoring defaults, but could also open ...
PixelSnader's user avatar
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Defaulting values for a calculation tool

Use blank defaults and require all users to explicitly specify their information You've sort of answered your own question here: Is there a danger in this approach? If a user does not notice ...
dennislees's user avatar
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Searching with mandatory filters

One good alternative: Search for both every time (if performance considerations allow), and present the results in two tabs "documentos" and "fragmentos". Foreground the tab that is known to be about ...
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