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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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Are Scroll Bars Dead?

Yes there should. Visible scroll bars are an affordance "this page is scrollable" Without visual hints such as this the functionality might be missed.
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Are Scroll Bars Dead?

Some modern design guidelines certainly disprefer persistently-visible scrollbars, but not all. For example, in the Material Design guide, for menus, if a menu is scrollable, it should show a ...
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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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Are Scroll Bars Dead?

As a mouse user, I abhor scrollable content that doesn't give me a view of and access to scroll bars. The scroll bar is a control. It allows me to quickly navigate large pages no amount of finger-...
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Is a home screen really needed?

The proposal is horribly flawed! There is a fundamental weakness in the author's design approach, which is he doesn't state what problem he's trying to solve. Instead, he just starts by sketching a "...
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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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Users forgetting to regenerate PDF before sending it

Since your UI does not work, and your users does not understand the generation - you need to automate the process. If there is an existing invoice, the pdf-file needs to be deleted from the folder as ...
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Users forgetting to regenerate PDF before sending it

What if you compare it to a download button on any website that downloads the pdf. You cant access the file server but have to click the download button in order to get your file and will always ...
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Is scroll within a card good or bad? (In desktop)

Desktop: You can use expand and scroll methods. According to Material Design: On desktop, card content can expand and scroll internally Mobile: Don't use a scroll inside the card, instead expand ...
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Is it standard practice to indicate on the form that Caps Lock is on?

Indicating the caps lock is on is a design pattern used for passwords. When the passwords are hidden and every character is only represented by a dot, users might not know they're typing capitals ...
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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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How to represent an abstract data type in a form?

Simply put: DO NOT USE TABS. This is not what tabs are meant for, so just use the box you have. Once the user selects the type, show the fields you have in second tab, only that right below the ...
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Are Scroll Bars Dead?

This viewpoint comes primarily from the Mac environment, where scrollbars are typically displayed briefly when content first appears, then fade out. When scrolling occurs (user triggered or otherwise),...
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Users forgetting to regenerate PDF before sending it

It sounds like you've got a decision to make: Are you maintaining a folder of PDFs for the users to directly access, or are you not? If you are not, and this is an example of users discovering an ...
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Placeholder text vs. disabled text

Generalising between platforms I would go with the following basic guidelines, they further emphasise a disabled field with a grey background. Normal (with a value) Black text, white background, ...
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What grid should I use designing UI for the desktop app?

For the purpose of reducing visual chaos, I think you need a different kind of grid. I don’t think the issue is dividing the page into the right size of little equally sized rectangles. Rather, it’s ...
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How to represent an abstract data type in a form?

To expand on Devin's point ... Make the change obvious Tabs mask the state change, asking users to know what you want without the help of visual cues. When an interaction changes the state of some ...
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Selecting multiple folders

I am as surprised as you that users have difficulties to add a folder with this standard dialog window. But users are surprising, that is why we like them I don't think there is a perfect solution ...
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What grid should I use designing UI for the desktop app?

You've understood wrongly Creating a layout grid means that you have to decide how you will structure your app. Where the navigation would reside, what will be the height of the header, body and ...
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Are Scroll Bars Dead?

The removal of scroll bars in my view is another example of the idiotic and shallow ideology of putting style over functionality. This is back to front to how it should be and is indicative of the ...
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Selecting multiple folders

I have nothing but anecdotal evidence, but I know exactly what the issue is. Average people don't know where their files are. I'm going to broadly group everyone into two categories. Power users ...
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The rationale of progress indicators for online articles

It think it's just an additional feature that may not be used by majority of users, because as you start reading the content; your focus remains on the content, when you scroll slowly (as anyone would ...
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Why do most Desktop sites look just like Tablet sites now?

You are seeing the triumph of Mobile-First Design Principles When mobile devices starting getting used to surf websites, website owners had a serious challenge on their hands to provide a good ...
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Date picker whereas day doesn't matter

In my experience if you want them to focus on something, you need to make it as clear as possible. If you are looking to have them focus on the month, then you should focus on the month directly. ...
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Why are line numbers in text editors and programming IDEs so often disabled by default?

There are 4 types of application postures defined by Alan Cooper - Sovereign, Transient, Daemon, and Parasitic https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Application_posture A posture is nothing but the ...
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Are fake loaders bad ux?

https://www.nngroup.com/articles/progress-indicators/ has in-depth research about it: In short: Dynamic “visibility of system status remains among the most important and universally applicable ...
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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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Should we design mobile first for an app only used on desktop?

A CRM appplication is usually a lot of dashboarding with many and sometimes all the information/action about your user on one screen. I've worked with CRM apps which need browser on fullHD screen I ...
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Are Scroll Bars Dead?

As a mixed point of view... Horizontal scroll bars are usually a bad thing. It may mean you've optimised for the screen width of a PC monitor, which doesn't translate well to mobile devices. When ...
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