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Get users to use the download button instead of right-click save

As soon as the user hovers over the image add an overlay which enables him to hit the download button. This is just an example, you can make this more subtle but I think it will work good with your ...
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Get users to use the download button instead of right-click save

Do not do anything to the right-click. It's an expected behavior on the browser level. You know you shouldn't "hijack" the right-click or you wouldn't call it hijacking. Provide users with a better ...
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Get users to use the download button instead of right-click save

There is a reason why your user is not selecting download button and usability testing is the best way to determine why. However in case it's a matter of positioning the download button in a place a ...
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Download file confirmation message, is needed?

This task is already done through all major browsers. If you start throwing these messages into your web app your users will be frustrated. Imagine you're at a restaurant, the waiter takes your ...
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What should the sequence be for Download and Delete buttons?

Placing those icons upfront will create confusion and users might take wrong action (clicking on unintended row) because of the repetition. Think of using the vertical three dots approach and place ...
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Should I specify type of downloadable document?

Yes. Just speaking as a user, please provide me with a clue as to what to expect. I don't mind the extra 3 letters. Just speaking on my personal experience, I'm tired of pdfs opening in the browser ...
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What are pros/cons of using buttons instead of plain links to download a document?

Buttons denotes important actions, therefore they are scarce and noticeable. Links are common, and you may have a lot of them, since they are supposed to take you to an anchor, whether it's on the ...
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Get users to use the download button instead of right-click save

As a dedicated right-click-save user, I can say that I wouldn't bother with a download button normally, and I'd assume I saved the full version (and be mildly annoyed at the website if I found I hadn'...
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What should the sequence be for Download and Delete buttons?

I would recommend not to put them directly next to each other at all to prevent mistakes. Downloading and deleting are two very different actions, happening with different frequency. I would make the ...
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Get users to use the download button instead of right-click save

I'd like to point out how Wikipedia does it. When you enlarge a photo by clicking on it on Wikipedia, you're presented with the photo, some details on it, and an unobtrusive "download" ...
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How should I indicate that a download is in progress?

I spent some time exploring how other sites deal with downloads, and liked how Google Drive handles them. Here is a screen shot of two downloads simultaneously happening on Google Drive: What I like ...
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What should the sequence be for Download and Delete buttons?

There is no hard rule for this and it would be different in every case but I would recommend putting the task that you want your users to perform, or the task they they are likely to perform most, at ...
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What should the sequence be for Download and Delete buttons?

Make deletion possible only on a selection basis I would suggest adding a checkbox for each row and an Action Bar on the top with the Delete button. This makes deletion possible on a per-selection ...
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What are pros/cons of using buttons instead of plain links to download a document?

So MDN suggests a ... but if someone is downloading a document, why/when should that be the case instead of a plain hyperlink? Right from your quote: These bogus href values cause unexpected ...
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What are pros/cons of using buttons instead of plain links to download a document?

I like Devin's summary that "buttons denote important actions". I would pair that with a statement that applies more to the current generation of Internet users than yours & mine: "...
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How to emphasize that downloads may be a malicious to users?

There are two important things I could read through: 1) 99% users do not have trouble 2) Explicit warning message is needed So considering both cases, you could go with Option 4, but additionally ...
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How should I indicate that a download is in progress?

Idea 2: Small message banner next to button row is good for users not being interrupted with continuing their work if the download will take some time. If the download does take time (I've worked on ...
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Get users to use the download button instead of right-click save

Lots of good answers but here is a KISS answer. You get the best of both worlds - fast load and render times and expected behavior. <div style='background-image:url("/path/01-thumb.jpg");...
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Get users to use the download button instead of right-click save

It's difficult to answer this without a visual context of what the flow looks like at the moment, but one way to maybe work around this is to provide a zoom-in function on your image. When the user ...
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Get users to use the download button instead of right-click save

One option is to size a div to the same size as the thumbnail and use the CSS property background-image to supply the image instead of using the traditional <img> tag. This will make right-...
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Get users to use the download button instead of right-click save

You could try simply renaming the download button to something that lets the user know they will get a better version: "Download Hi-Res" "Download HD image" "Download full resolution image" "Download ...
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what's the rationale behind 2-step installers?

There are a number of reasons behind it Initial buy in : The small app size allows users to quickly buy into the experience of the app while downloading additional information in the background. If ...
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Download file confirmation message, is needed?

I'd like to add that you really only need confirmations for destructive actions that are hard to undo. It is extremely easy to abort the download if a user decides initiates it by accident or decides ...
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Get users to use the download button instead of right-click save

How many websites have you been to where you wanted to download a program and had to take a moment to find the real download button because of adverts mimicking it to bait your clicks? Right-click/...
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Why does Firefox delay the download button?

This is a security feature. It is to prevent unintended downloads. If the user is attempting to interact with the webpage, for instance typing some prescribed text or double-clicking somewhere, ...
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How should I indicate that a download is in progress?

My solution would be to have the user interface slide a quarter screen to the left (or to the right depending on your preference) revealing a download panel that shows the current state of the various ...
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What should the sequence be for Download and Delete buttons?

Put the delete button as far from other controls as possible. For example, on many desktop systems the window controls and menus are at the top of the window. The window controls are typically on the ...
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How to guide users to the correct download?

While the best UX would be to combine both softwares (don't become a second Axosoft), the easiest way would be to ask them on the landing or on the download site something like: What do you need ...
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What should the sequence be for Download and Delete buttons?

If you have to make them visibile, probably, I would would agree with you. I would place the download before the delete. Probably because user eye would catch it earlier and I would definitely place a ...
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How should I indicate that a download is in progress?

I am generally in favour of snackbars, however, there is the chance that the message is missed. Depending on how often users have to download the data, how long it takes to prepare the download, etc., ...
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