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How to make text look *not* clickable

tl;dr → use familiar patterns Make the text objects look less like navigational tab controls. The elements seem unnecessarily divided: Place the search field in the main header. Make search look ...
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How to make text look *not* clickable

Well, since people are trying to interact with this information, I'd use it as an advantage. As mentioned by Mattynabib, it really makes sense. However, if for some reason you prefer not to, the ...
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Should a grammatical article be a part of a web link anchor

In carefully edited text, the choice to include the article depends on the meaning. Examples: I saw a newt yesterday, dark with blue spots. Can anybody help identify it? — Article not included: ...
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Odd click behavior where my users are clicking non-linked headings

The user might be clicking on it without the expectation of any interaction. Would you be recording clicks for actions like: Selecting text to be copied Mobile users scrolling Right clicking to open ...
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Why is it standard for a website logo to navigate to the home page?

Where was this first seen This practice dates back at least to the earliest days of image hyperlinks. For example, the Internet Archive's earliest snapshot of Yahoo's home page from October 1996 has ...
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Should I include the word 'this' in an in-paragraph hyperlink?

The idea of 'click here' being a bad idea originated from data about how people visually scan web pages which show that people don't read online: they skim the page to get the key information. If ...
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Why is it standard for a website logo to navigate to the home page?

It's become standard because everyone does it. Everyone does it because it's nice to have a 'home' link but it's not something that needs to clutter the menu, either. Hence the idea to just make the ...
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How to make text look *not* clickable

The grey text actually makes them look more clickable as they stand out from the rest of the header. I would change them to the same color as the rest of the text (black). Also, instead of "6 books ...
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Which anchor text variation provides the best experience?

Your question is complicated in that it's embedded in a bad practice. This Smashing Magazine article about why your links should never say "Click here" sums it up quite well. "Click" puts too much ...
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How should one differentiate links?

or you can try dotted border; be sure to test it on the users though. If it's a quick reference and no action (like selecting / scrolling, although you can do it on the pop-up with some effort) is ...
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Does adding a click count next to a hyperlink enhance the user experience?

The short answer to the high level UX question here is -- it depends -- so here are a few cases why a company like discourse might choose to put click counters next to their hyperlinks along with ...
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Why do read links turn purple?

Browsers render textlinks blue by default. Jeffrey Zeldman wrote an article stating Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the world wide web, reached it at random: http://alistapart.com/blog/post/why-are-...
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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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Does adding a click count next to a hyperlink enhance the user experience?

According to, literally, the first result when you google discourse click count, Jeff Atwood defends the click counter as a valuable signal for users to determine if a link is worth clicking: The ...
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Should a grammatical article be a part of a web link anchor

Usually an article need not be a part of your link. Except in the cases when it makes a difference in meaning. Usually it will be a definite article, like "The Times", "El Salvador", "Al Jazeera". ...
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Why do read links turn purple?

I can't say if this is the actual reason it was chosen, but a reason why purple is a good choice is that, other than red, it has the lowest relative luminocity of any hue. So, a purple will tend to ...
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Hyperlink on red background

Try a softer red with a harsh red border - like this: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups
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Is there research on whether users know how to open a link in a new tab?

Power users open links in new tabs and rarely use the Back button, while most users rarely open links in new tabs and rely on the Back button instead. Patrick Dubroy conducted this study for his ...
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Is using a hyperlink to close a modal a poor design decision?

It sounds as if you are seeking a formulaic answer about a specific button pattern fit for an exclusive purpose and feel that this goal is not being met. Straight off the bat, there is no such ...
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Should all links on a website be the same color?

About links Here a fine article about consistency : http://www.uxbooth.com/articles/consistency-key-to-a-better-user-experience/ A few lines The design of your site should also be consistent. ...
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Menu with dropdown, root element clickable?

There is a background issue here which is: Should the sub-menu open on click or on hover? If you choose to display it on click, it is clear that you can only use OptionA (ServiceA, ServiceB, ..., All ...
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How to let user know large caption in carousel is link

Consider using an arrow or caret to denote there's deeper content. It's a common enough icon that's used often at the end of a text blurb for Call To Action buttons. It's not ideal, but should ...
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Odd click behavior where my users are clicking non-linked headings

Scrolling down and then up and then clicking on non-interactive things is a sign that the user was looking for something, didn't find it, and is now trying less-obvious interactions to see if it'll be ...
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Should I include the word 'this' in an in-paragraph hyperlink?

It doesn't matter one bit. To get on my soapbox for a second, one of the biggest problems of non-professional UX is that people will read some article or other, containing some specialized advice or ...
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How to make text look *not* clickable

It's a matter of relative 'clickiness' as well. Make the unclickable items less clickable by making the rest more clickable. The phrase here is: 'affordance'. the position of the three not-clickable ...
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How to make text look *not* clickable

What can I do to make these three pieces of text seem totally unclickable? They're already grayed out as you can see. *sigh* In the olden days there used to be a standard that clickable text (a ...
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mailto: link on "Contact" button - good UX?

As "Contact me" may refer to multiple things, it is not an example of good UX, I am afraid. I think most Users would expect seeing a list of contact options, which would be the most recommended ...
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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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How do I indicate that a subset of icons aren't clickable?

Please Ignore the Following Rant Congratulations. You’ve been web-abused. You’re the victim of all those other sites/apps failing to apply a consistent simple absolute distinction between clickable ...
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