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Why do dialogs have grey backgrounds?

There is not really a "UX" reason for this—or if there is, it is a very limited one. The actual reason why dialog backgrounds are (by default) some shade of grey is because some designers thought that ...
Cody Gray - on strike's user avatar
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Is it possible to make a "good" options dialog?

Software development IDEs have some of the most complicated settings pages I've ever seen, and IntelliJ IDEA does a great job with discoverability. Not only do they offer a search to narrow down the ...
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Why do most programs separate Find and Replace dialogs?

An interesting question, and one that I think many of us might have pondered before without really diving too deep into the possible issues. From a purely design perspective, I can think of a number ...
Michael Lai's user avatar
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Why do dialogs have grey backgrounds?

Too much white can cause eye strain, so tints of grey reduce this. There is another ux.se topic which discusses white vs grey backgrounds: Grey versus white background for ease of use and ...
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Is it possible to make a "good" options dialog?

Root Cause: Implementation Driving UI The whole idea of a single consolidated Options dialog seems to be a consequence of programs having configuration files. The Options function would read the ...
Michael Zuschlag's user avatar
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Why do most programs separate Find and Replace dialogs?

Both Find and Find and Replace are related functionally as you mention. But both actions seem to be orthogonal in terms of what user need (mindset) they cater to. You will know in advance either you ...
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Why do dialogs have grey backgrounds?

Because the difference between the font-color and the background-color can cause eye strain and is not optimal. Having black or dark-grey text on a lighter grey background is the easiest for the ...
MJB's user avatar
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Should I remove "Name" field in my newsletter sign up form?

To personalize email or not? Well, there is a lot of controversy around this question. Here is some list of studies: Heerwegh et al. 2006 Aberdeen Campaign monitor Experian Advantages: Studies (...
Kristiyan Lukanov's user avatar
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How to display that there is important information in an information pop-up

No big surprise that users miss the meaning of the presence/absence of a small cryptic icon. Are there details when there is a speech bubble, or only if there is a speech bubble filled with "text&...
Michael Zuschlag's user avatar
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Why do most programs separate Find and Replace dialogs?

If you can expect your users to be power text editor users, for example programmers, then it makes sense to combine these dialogs into one, or, even better, make it a toolbar and show real-time ...
Attila Tanyi's user avatar
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Should I remove "Name" field in my newsletter sign up form?

There are two experiences here to keep in mind: subscribing and receiving the email. If there is no need to address the subscriber with his name (eg: Thanks for your subscription Robert, Hello Robert, ...
Ruudt's user avatar
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Dialog - settings vary due to first selection

Personally, I feel like the second one would be better. The user does not have to expand the list first in order to see all the options thus saving one extra click. For the type of the meal, I'd ...
mariu5's user avatar
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Is it possible to make a "good" options dialog?

I posted a related question recently as I have been struggling with a similar problem. From what I have mustered there is no clear and clean cut solution, as these kinds of "options" are often very ...
RobbyReindeer's user avatar
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Remember dialog sizes or not?

Not a guideline, but the result of long experience. You should remember the size setting, but not the location. If you need to resize the dialog to see something, you will need to resize it again when ...
UXPinball's user avatar
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Why does Google Drive use a dialog for renaming files?

Well, I tried to get the answer from the design team (UENO. Created the interface, the renaming part is as it is since then), They simply can't answer it. I believe that renaming in a modal doesn't ...
Himanshu Vaishnav's user avatar
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"Don't ask me again" as a checkbox or a button?

As a checkbox, tied to your action button. Remember the checkbox is a choice based on the action (hence, tied to the button). The system should always offer to remember preferences on common actions ...
Devin's user avatar
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Should I remove "Name" field in my newsletter sign up form?

Just require the minimum information you need from the user. Any extra interaction the user needs to do will probably make some users go away. The more private information you request the more users ...
Alvaro's user avatar
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In material design, why dialog actions should be in all-caps?

You already have the reason: to raise distinction. Make distinction with non-caps text Raise importance visually on the UI Raise importance when the user taps These are the options: All of them are ...
Alvaro's user avatar
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Dialog - settings vary due to first selection

Meal type (breakfast, lunch, etc.) seems to be the header of the form rather than a setting. In the first solution all meals are displayed in a dropdown under one form, and the rest of the form ...
Alvaro's user avatar
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Interface to choose how many results I want to see

Yes, remove the dialog box altogether. Users are conditioned to not read them. Take them directly to the results page with proper pagination (loading a few results per page). If they need finer ...
Nicolas's user avatar
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Should closing the dialog clear its fields?

I agree confirmation/discard dialog should not be overused. A good practise which I follow is to use such dialog in case of any loss of data. In your case I would suggest any action that closes the ...
Roshan Raju's user avatar
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Should I issue a toast when something is copied to clipboard?

Ideally, just show it above the text or copy icon, in some tooltip. This is how Font Awesome do it (check also github, they do the same): Indeed as you said, the toast would be an overkill for such a ...
Niutah's user avatar
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Is it possible to make a "good" options dialog?

Grouping can be improved by drawing a line between "Configuration" and "Preferences". Everything that the user has to configure to get your app running should go to "Configuration". Everything ...
Dmitry Grigoryev's user avatar
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Can a dialog have more than two actions in material design?

From the Material HIG: Dialogs should not include more than two actions. A third action, such as “Learn more,” navigates away from the dialog, potentially leaving the task unfinished. ...
Tin Man's user avatar
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Should I add a cross on my Material Design Dialog?

This is a great question and its opens up a question back to you. Why are you using a modal? I really like how Atlassian considers this UI pattern. Use modal dialogs when you need a user response, ...
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bottom sheet dialog or complete screen for new task

The main point about it is the retention of context for the given sub-task. You have a main task and a sub-task, sometimes an interaction with both is necessary in parallel. The bottom sheet presents ...
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how to show the user how to close a nearly fullscreened dialog?

If you allow me, I think the biggest problem with your application is not that the user doesn't understand from where to close a window that occupies the entire screen, in fact you are using a Mac and ...
Danielillo's user avatar
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Is it a good idea to pop-up a dialog asking for a search update after click on tab?

Place an "Update results" button, on top of the result list, so the user is aware that there might be newer results and he is the one who decides to update them. About your options: Confirm dialog. ...
Alvaro's user avatar
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Dialog - settings vary due to first selection

The second dialog box is clearer because: The user can see immediately that the 2 dropdowns are related and how, on contrary to the 1st dialog box where this is not clear The user can see all the ...
Dimitra Miha's user avatar
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Should have a cancel button when the action itself is to cancel

You could use "Keep Timesheet" instead, since thats whats happening if the user is not requesting cancellation. Or you could change the wording inside the dialog-box, maybe you could use "Delete ...
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