U4-2998 - Position buttons to the left, instead of right

Created by Bjørn Fridal 30 Sep 2013, 20:47:39 Updated by Bjørn Fridal 30 Sep 2013, 21:23:49

After testing the new Umbraco 7.0.0 alpha relase, I quickly found myself annoyed by the fact that most buttons are placed in the right side of the screen. I don't think that makes sense. The navigation is placed in the left side of the screen, so you will always start out in the left side. Next most forms fields are also placed to the left, so after you have entered some data, you have to move the cursor "all the way" to the right side, click save/publish/whatever and then back to the left.

I think the buttons should be place in the left side as well :)

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Per Ploug 30 Sep 2013, 21:11:19

We moved them to the right to isolate them from the rest of the UI, to make it clear, that this is where your primary action is, otherwise it blends in with labels, buttons, headlines and so on.

As you can see, this is a fairly normal location:

http://www.private-hjemmesider.dk/img/guides/wordpress-backend.jpg http://answers.squarespace.com/upfiles/squarespace-vide-lightbox.jpg http://cdn.supersaas.net/en/joomla_module.png

If you worry about the mileage of your mouse, use ctrl+s and ctrl+p to save+publish :)

Issue closed

Niels Hartvig 30 Sep 2013, 21:17:49

Great feedback. Rest assured, that we've tried different things - including buttons on the left (both top and bottom) and it didn't really worked.

Two things are done to make it simpler:

  1. Short cut keys (as Per mention CTRL+S for save, CTRL+P for publish). Hopefully for beta we'll have those working in all dialogs
  2. Auto-save. Being more visionary, you could argue that the need for saving (at least in non 'dangerous' sections like content and media), actually having to save is ancient. With auto-save coming in post 7 on content and media, you only need to click to publish. That should make it less of a mouse hassle.

Bjørn Fridal 30 Sep 2013, 21:18:56

I know its not an uncommon location, but I still think it makes sense, not to place it so far away. Like in good ol' Umbraco :)

And my clients will never get to the point, where they will use shortcuts in the browser. They are web editors, not super users.

Bjørn Fridal 30 Sep 2013, 21:23:49

Well a solid autosave function would definitely go a long way when working with content. Not with the rest like datatypes, templates, css, scripts, macros though.

But I am glad to hear that you have tested alternatives, before choosing the current location.

Priority: Normal

Type: Feature (request)

State: Closed


Difficulty: Normal

Category: UI

Backwards Compatible: True

Fix Submitted:

Affected versions: 7.0.0

Due in version:


Story Points: