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What is the reason for moving the start button to the middle in Windows 11?

The interview in the Wall Street Journal gives the answer from the Diego Baca, Microsoft's principal design director. When asked about a placement of the Start button he said: I do remember we wanted ...
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The best scroll direction | Apple v.s. Windows

There’s no “right” way. It’s all in the analogy. The Touch Screen Analogy When you use a touch screen, the scrolling behavior is intuitive — it’s like you put your finger on the actual content and ...
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What is the reason for moving the start button to the middle in Windows 11?

Unless one of us here at UX SE is the person who made the decision on this design, we can't really be sure. There is some information on design choices made in Windows 11 in this post from their blog:...
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What is the reason for moving the start button to the middle in Windows 11?

Well, beyond the fact that there's a better adaptability for devices with a touch-pad as mentioned in the question, I see other specifications regarding design. In the same way the question refers to ...
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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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What's the point of closing windows by double-clicking their top-left?

It is a shortcut. If your cursor happens to be over on the left side then to close I have less travel to cover to close a window, then to move my hand all the way over the mouse pad to the right side....
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Is it better to disable a button and show hovering message, or show a popup message when click on it?

A disabled button signals to the user that some mandatory steps haven't been completed yet, and offers an accurate representation of its own state (that it can't be activated). An enabled button falls ...
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Good way to implement secret startup options in a desktop application

More Context Please people seem to have trouble knowing how to operate it Who are these people? they'll press an let go, and then the key isn't down when the relevant code checks for the key. How ...
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Why is this button of the Windows Explorer labelled "File"?

I can't speak directly for Microsoft, but i think it's pretty obviously a relic of earlier windows versions. Changing the name would hurt more users than a semantically incorrect button does. You ...
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What's the point of closing windows by double-clicking their top-left?

Define "... not intuitive..." As a user of Windows PCs since the mid-90's, this is entirely intuitive for me. I, and thousands of people like me, intuitively close windows using the top-left-corner ...
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3 Column CRUD layout

Looking at the image, the first thing that is somewhat similar came to my mind was, Windows Registry Editor. According to me there are 2 changes you could do, they are: 1) Keeping three columns as ...
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Why is low contrast between active and inactive window title bars considered a good thing?

Microsoft gave some explanation for these changes to Visual Studio in this article: Visual Studio 11 User Interface Updates Coming in RC (May 2012) (emphasis mine) Another area of requested change ...
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What's the purpose of this flashlight-like effect in windows callendar?

This effect was made as part of the Microsoft's new design system called Fluent Design. There are 5 principles to it: Light: Light controls how user interface interacts with illumination and how ...
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Why is recycle bin called "bin"?

The definition of bin is a receptacle in which to deposit rubbish. So, yeah. It means a place for your trash that can be recycled/retrieved.
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Good way to implement secret startup options in a desktop application

This doesn’t sound like a UX problem to me. Testing on different environments is a very common scenario in software development and is often best handled by a programmer that creates a separate debug ...
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Why is it an industry-standard to have a window automatically grab focus and how do we change it? (in Windows at least)

I completely agree that this is a terrible design issue. After reading the above more carefully - I think I agree with Krazy Glew. The Window Manager should reserve focus when the application is ...
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Why is the Windows taskbar default at the bottom?

After some digging I found a post where they explain, that most users (98%, old data, but probably still relevant) don't relocate their taskbar despite the settings being just a right-click away, ...
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Why is the Windows taskbar default at the bottom?

I know this is a bit of an old question, but here's a possible extra reason: It means that the cursor movement doesn't need to be precise when navigating an app. If the taskbar was at the top, you ...
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Improve appearance of part attributes

Instead of trying to fit everything in to the single view. You could use a dialog window for editing each of the top table rows. The dialog could then have tabbed navigation for each of the sections ...
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Main screen with left and top bars layout

Pretty broad question, but there a couple of standard fixes for this set up: 1. Make the left sidebar resizeable The left sidebar is a common pattern for users. When confronted with a main panel ...
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Why is this button of the Windows Explorer labelled "File"?

Take a look at the Windows Human Interface Guidelines, specifically the Menus section: Standard menus Use the standard menu organization for programs that create or view documents. The ...
Tin Man's user avatar
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Ask metadata for each file added to a folder (possibly many files added at the same time)

After a file drop, it'd be useful to display a replication of the file structure the user just added, along with the description fields that need to be completed. This way, if there are multiple files ...
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Redesign the Titlebar

I think the answer depends on how different your titlebar will be from the 'standard'. Usually this would cause confusion, as in most cases, it will differ from the OS standard unless you're using ...
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Is UI simplification in Microsoft's products for the past ten years motivated by user experience?

Arseni, I think we would need someone from the Microsoft UX/UI team to answer this one.. But you bring up some great points: web page styling has changed substantially from yesteryear. I am going to ...
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Is it better to disable a button and show hovering message, or show a popup message when click on it?

I agree with Vitaly Mijiritsky's answer: https://ux.stackexchange.com/a/120380/98561 And let me tell you a short story from my own experience of developing a medical application. The very early ...
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Conformity vs. complexity (gamepad/controller layout)

I think that it depends more on the users' learning cost. Your users have already formed their behavior customs and cognitive of your app's function system. So for your question : Is it better to ...
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Windows: is there a common hot key to favorite an item?

The shortcut to add a favorite in browsers is command+d (mac) or ctrl+d (windows). For applications in general, I suggest you have a look at https://defkey.com/. If you search for "ctrl+d" (https://...
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Why doesn't Windows tell me which program / process is using that specific file I want to delete

Presumably due to a technical limitation that no strong designer tried to overcome. There are numerous 3rd-party tools that solve this particular problem, so clearly fixing this is possible and the ...
Denis's user avatar
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Custom scrollbars in websites - do they make any sense?

I think scrollbars shouldn't change unless there is a big reason behind it. The scrollbar style should be as user expects which is his browser default. changing something like this without no big ...
Hossein Malakalaie's user avatar
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Why do so many software authors insist on forcing their users to do pointless busywork when updating their software?

The reason is simple: seameless updates are out of priority. Say I'm a developer who contribute to opensource project. I have some spare time and here is decicion moment "what can I do in my ...
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