UX Tip #74 Progress bars

UX Tip #74 Progress bars

May 04 2017

Progress bars are a common UI design element to show users how far they are into completing a form or survey. They can help us meet one of Nielsen’s most common usability heuristics, “The system should always keep users informed about what is going on, through appropriate feedback within a reasonable time”. Research shows progress bars are effective when used in short forms where users can see significant progress from one page to another. Nevertheless, we need to be careful when using them in long surveys or with skip logic, since not seeing substantial progress between pages might be discouraging and result in higher drop-off rates.

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