The On/Off button conundrum

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  1. Posts : 173
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    The On/Off button conundrum


    In many settings in Win10, there is a slider. It's a "soft" button which enables you to turn something on or off.

    I finally figured out a bit of my confusion. When the button is to the left side of the oval, the word "Off" is displayed on the right hand side of the oval. Obviously, if the button were slid to right, towards "Off", it'd turn off whatever setting to which it is linked.

    Umm...no.

    It's telling me that it's off.

    Okay, button away from "Off" means it's Off.

    If I slide the button towards "Off" (you know, as if I'm choosing "Off"), then it turns it "On"!

    The button on the right of the oval makes the "Off" on the right change to "On".

    This is not a great design.

    If the button is towards something, that is what is selected, at least in common usage. My light switch works that way, as does my faucet, my car ignition, my garage door opener, and every other piece of software I use.

    C'mon...

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  2. swarfega's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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    Hi

    The on/off sliders change colour depending on their state. If theyre just black then theyre off , so if coloured then on.
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  3. philc43's Avatar
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    64bit Win 10 Pro ver 1909 Build 18363.535 and W10 Insider Ver 2004 Build 19536
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    At least its a horizontal switch :) vertical light switches are up for ON in the USA but are up for OFF in the UK and that would be just as confusing.

    The other indicator is that it is a bright blue when ON and grey when OFF.
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  4. Posts : 173
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    Yeah, I finally sussed that out. But...the design is poor. It should have "on" on the RIGHT, since, if the button is on the right, then it is ON.

    It's a head scratcher, but someone probably thought it was avant garde...and there was much finger snapping in the conference room when it was first shown.

    Button right, it's on. Therefore put the word "on" on the right.

    I'll have to start using a sharpie...
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  5. RWOne's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro (Mix of Builds) / Linux Mint
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    Please give an example of a horizontal button where the dot to the right is "Off".
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  6. Posts : 173
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    RWOne said:
    Please give an example of a horizontal button where the dot to the right is "Off".
    No...the DOT is to the left, but on the right is the word "OFF". So, the dot is away from "off". Therefore, if I slide the dot towards "off", it'll turn that item off. But that's not how it works. The dot to the left with "OFF" to the right means it's off.

    This is non-intuitive.
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  7. meebers's Avatar
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    W10 1909 & W10 Insider
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    You could look at it as showing the "status" of the switch. If it shows "OFF" then it is off.
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  8. RWOne's Avatar
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    iamc3k said:
    No...the DOT is to the left, but on the right is the word "OFF". So, the dot is away from "off". Therefore, if I slide the dot towards "off", it'll turn that item off. But that's not how it works. The dot to the left with "OFF" to the right means it's off.

    This is non-intuitive.
    It's a status indicator.....

    The above is deserving, truly:

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  9. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    philc43 said:
    At least its a horizontal switch :) vertical light switches are up for ON in the USA but are up for OFF in the UK and that would be just as confusing.

    The other indicator is that it is a bright blue when ON and grey when OFF.
    iamc3k said:
    Yeah, I finally sussed that out. But...the design is poor. It should have "on" on the RIGHT, since, if the button is on the right, then it is ON.
    And if you installed English (UK) language of Windows 10 would the "on" have to be on the left, and the button be to the left to be "on" since in the UK they also put the steering wheels on the wrong side of the cars and drive on the wrong side of the road?
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  10. DeaconFrost's Avatar
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    NavyLCDR said:
    And if you installed English (UK) language of Windows 10 would the "on" have to be on the left, and the button be to the left to be "on" since in the UK they also put the steering wheels on the wrong side of the cars and drive on the wrong side of the road?
    Exactly. I'm going to sit on the loo and think about this some more. If the OP doesn't like these "switches", then he better not ever use an iPhone/iPad.
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