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Does anyone else find it confusing whether something is on or off on computer programs?

Asked by JLeslie (46156 points ) December 27th, 2013

For instance, I couldn’t get the traffic overlay function to work on maps. When I go in it lets me hide traffic or unhide. So, if it says hide, does that mean the traffic is hidden? Or, does it mean click on it to hide. On fluther we have follow or stop following. If it says follow we are supposed to click on it to follow. I figured it out on fluther, but on many other computer programs it is not intuitive to me. Is it actually consistent and I just can’t get it through my thick head?

If I push on the stop button or the play button on something in real life it does that thing. In the case where I am so confused it is like having the stop and play button be the same one single button. At least to me it is.

Straighten me out. On maps do I want it to be saying “hide” if I want to see the traffic?

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marinelife's avatar

The action that you can take is the one that is shown. So if something says Hide, you need to press the button to Hide it. Alternatively, if it says unhide, it is already hidden.

Coloma's avatar

Yes, and then, I somehow navigate things, figure things out and then forget how I did it. lol I hate that! %##@&!!!

JLeslie's avatar

@marinelife Thanks. I am going to try it again.

filmfann's avatar

Maybe it’s a cloaking device.

hearkat's avatar

There are times that happens to me.

yankeetooter's avatar

I like to play Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth. In the game, you have the option of having the hobbits use their swords or throw rocks. (Have them throw rocks…they take much less damage from a distance.) When you pull up one of the hobbits, the picture shown is not the action they are currently performing, but rather the action they will perform if you click on it. I understand your confusion…that one makes me pause every time.

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