We try to be updated about everything that is going on in the world of web design. Search is a powerful tool, and as one of the most common elements that we interact with on a daily basis, search input usability is an important consideration. Search inputs best practices in UX for your consideration.
This article discusses how search elements can be designed to provide better experiences.
- Don’t make users search for the search box.
Search Inputs should not be difficult to find.
Input fields should be visible
It is not recommended to hide search inputs behind a button or Icon click.
Use placeholder text
Placeholder text provides context as to what can be searched and describes the action of the input.
Use a magnifying glass icon
The magnifying glass is universally recognized as a symbol for search and one which users can easily identify.
Provide a button to submit search queries
Inputs should be accessible. Ensure users have the ability to return results using their keyboard as well as clicking a button.
Consider the search icon position
In most cases, it is beneficial to place the Icon to the right of placeholder text.
Use input widths which are appropriate for the typical query length
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