The "Switch to Advanced Mode" (in blue) is circled. (Click on image to enlarge)
The 'Are You Sure?' warnings seem to be used everywhere else,
why not here?
why not here?
- This is how it started:
The HP Hardware diagnosis/check was doing it's monthly check.
I sat there watching it do it's thing for a while and noticed that there
was a discrepancy between what the 'Running' progress meter
was on and what the 'Progress' dialog box at the bottom of the
window said was running.
At that time the PC's HDD (a Western Digital) and a USB
-connected external HDD (a Maxtor OneTouch) were being
tested. When a test was being run on the Maxtor, the Progress
dialog showed the ID for the Western Digital, and vice-versa.
- But that's not what this is about.
In an attempt to look into this further I clicked on the
"Switch to Advanced Mode". I've worked with this program
numerous times but apparently have never made this action
before, because when I clicked on that option the program
stopped and shut down! (Note that this program takes quite
a while to run/complete.)
No warning, nothing..
That's what I writing about.
My thoughts immediately went to the countless times I've
clicked to delete something, or to complete some other action,
and a dialog box popped up asking a variation of 'Are you
sure you want to do this?".
It's aggravating, but appropriate for safety reasons to protect
I'm an experienced user so in general they're a nuisance,
but not always..
So I'm thinking.. What were the software designers/engineers
thinking when they put a button/link that says "Switch to
Advanced Mode" at the top of the program window, and left
it active (not 'grayed-out'/inactive) while the program is working?
If clicking on something in your program results in the
closing of the actively running program, don't you think
the user ought to be warnedbefore completing the action?
... end of rant