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Save buttons that don't save

If I understand you correctly, you have a window that automatically saves changes for the user as they adjust items. Currently you have a button that say "Close" on this window. Your clients are ...
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Should a save button save information that is not on screen?

A save button should always save everything. Accidental data loss is about the worst thing that can happen to users. This is why many applications (e.g., GMail) don't even have save buttons; they ...
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Discard unsaved changes in tab if user switches to a different tab?

It depends on your application structure, but in general tabs are precisely made to have more than one opened at a time. Therefore, it would be pretty annoying to always notify the user when he ...
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Distinction between saving and exporting

Export is often used for file formats which don't support saving your current editing status. Word let's you save .doc, .docx, .odt and so on, but only export .pdf, .html and similar. Same with gimp: ...
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Should you ever disable search on pages with user entered information?

The system should help the user but should not restrict the user. If the user indeed wants to search something, the user should be able to. Warning the user that this will result in losing information ...
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What is the best way to save & cancel a new content on a CMS?

Firstly, from your description, it sounds as though when your users click the button, they are not saving, they are publishing (which has the side effect of saving) - so the button should be labelled '...
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Distinction between saving and exporting

A "save" function should be expected to yield a file which, if opened later in the editor, will yield one that precisely matches what was saved. An "export" function is appropriate in cases where the ...
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Save buttons that don't save

Adding a Save button to your auto-saving window would be a bad idea. It would suggest to the user that closing the window without pushing Save would revert the changes — which would be wrong, and ...
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Save & Continue Button

Can you support auto save in this context? As long as users don't experiment with the data it would smooth the process. Make it even faster by providing a key sequence for the next button. If that ...
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Tabbed "wizard": next vs save?

You say: I've decided for tabs (instead of a wizard) due to the fact that the user might not fill it all out in one go, but rather re-visit and edit it from time to time. So you have a hefty task ...
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Distinction between saving and exporting

If you Save a file, then continue editing, you will be editing the file you just saved. If you Export, you won't continue editing the file you exported, but the previously saved file. It's a subtle ...
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What is the best way to save & cancel a new content on a CMS?

This answer is inspired by Paul S above. Here is WordPress's save / preview / publish widget Most CMSs and blogs have something similar.
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save/cancel dialog from pressing cancel

Use more specific language in your CTAs Perhaps you've got a style guide that might prohibit this, but part of the existing problem is that the microcopy is typically generic. Leave the buttons in ...
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Discard unsaved changes in tab if user switches to a different tab?

Tabs are meant to keep the state whether they are shown or not, meaning that the things you have in tab A should look exactly the same even if you switch to tab B and then back to A. Try to start to ...
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"Save" vs "Add": What button should I use for my app?

Since we don't have any visual mocks to go by, here's a quick thought on your question; I'll adjust my answer if it's off the mark, or you provide more details. Starting an interaction: Add or + ...
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Are Save buttons still necessary in web applications?

It really depends whether we're referring to Save as simply an action which persists the users data without any wider impact, or whether this could also apply to other scenarios. If my Save action ...
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Should a save button save information that is not on screen?

I would expect that both versions (text/HTML) will be saved, just like working with the CMS Wordpress. I would also be very frustrated as an user when I found out that I only saved one version of the ...
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What is the best way to show the user that their changes have not been saved yet?

In some cases you may want to reconsider the requirement for explicit saving and go with implicit saving instead. (Counter example is applications where it is important for all the data to be saved at ...
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Confirm cancellation

User clicks on Save and system closes the popup? Yes. Show a feedback message on the screen behind as: Your changes are saved successfully! What if user accidentally clicks on Cancel button? ...
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Confirm cancellation

Although users don't like to admit it, they will make mistakes. Ranging from having the wrong mental model of what a button will do to a simple misclick. It is therefor important designers take these ...
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How to clarify ambiguity in "Save" behaviour on web based applications for users

Let's tackle this question like this: In a crude way - AutoSave : Save this without user intervention or automatically Save : Save the work so that the user does not loose it Now your point: ...
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Save Before Quitting

Let's take a look at what other applications do Applications on macs and windows (from what I recall for windows... been a while since I've used a windows machine) prevent the user from moving ...
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Guidelines for when to auto-save settings vs "save" button

In my opinion, auto-save should be avoided: When there are validations on the form The form allows multiple entries We designed a timesheet module for a client that auto-saved entries. The client ...
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Distinction between saving and exporting

This is what GIMP documentation has to say about the distinction (emphasis added): In former GIMP releases, when you loaded an image in some format, let us say JPG or PNG, the image kept its format ...
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Multi step flow (wizard) with long forms - partial save button

A Draft is an initial or unfinished copy of a document which is expected to have errors and need reworking. I have used this term several times in scenarios like the one you describe to indicate to ...
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Display annoying important message or leave it out?

the image is lost after the user closed it, so an "undo" button is off the table. In this scenario you should try to prevent the worst case, which is that the user didn't click "Save". Therefore ...
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Mobile forms - Where to put the save and cancel buttons?

I think this article answers your question very well: Why Users Miss Form Buttons Placed in the Action Bar As they fill out the form, their eyes move from the top of the page to the bottom. When ...
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How to display save/cancel actions in an accordion

if you want to let user focus on one button, i think there is a way to do it. like below, when you click edit, the button will turn to "cancel". If you don't want to save your input, you can click ...
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Should I show a notification on an automatic save?

Yes, it most certainly does apply to web products. Whenever something in the backend is happening without the user's knowledge and they are waiting for it to happen, and they get no notice, that's ...
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