@lubos This is something that I would suggest be adding to the ideas category for reviewing later. I just want to give feedback based on website design principles.
Best website design states the following:
- No more than 7 menu items
- If you need to use dropdowns, on websites a navigation menu or megamenu as it is called is far better than a drop down menu.
Why is this?
Studies indicate that too many menu items actually makes it harder for people to find things. Apparently 7 is the magical number that people retain in their memory. It is far more effective studies say to limit choice to seven items and the user does up to three clicks to get to where they want. This is faster and easier than having to read 25 menu items.
Drop down menus actually distract people as the eye moves faster than the mouse, so the user have already decided what to click. I am not sure why megamenu’s are not affected, but apparently they are not according to the research I did. I suspect it’s because it’s effectively preloading the menu of the next page in a much easier to read format than a drop down menu.
In my Manager for my business, I already have 25 tabs not including customise.
There are three problems with this.
- This exceeds the 7 rule.
- People always have to scroll down to select a tab off the screen
- Quite a few of the tabs are unused - for example inventory write-offs it’s been two years since I last used it. So inefficient use of space.
I fully realise that you made the changes to split payables and receivables into two tabs for technical reasons and actually I support it because you can apply even more granular permissions to each tab.
What I suggest
Take bank, receipts, payments, reconciliations, cash accounts and inter-account transfers for example. I accept the necessity to separate these into separate tabs. However this alone takes up 6 tabs.
However, I have come up with a better solution that retains the need to keep “tabs” separate whilst solving the ever growing tab list dilemma.
Money Tab - Bank Accounts, Receipts, Payments, Reconciliations, Cash Accounts and Inter Account
Contacts - Customers, Suppliers, Employees
“Some Name” - Quotes, Sales Orders, Sales Invoices, Purchase Orders and Purchase Invoices
Inventory - Inventory Items, Inventory Transfers, Inventory Write-offs
So you click on Money Tab and see the options I just listed within that tab. Then when you click on say Bank, you see exactly what you see in the current bank tab. So you are not merging tabs - you are just simply moving the shortcut for say bank accounts to within the Money Tab and you click once on Money and once on Bank Accounts adhering to website best practice design.
Previously I had suggested merging some of these into one tab. However, I accept that there are many reasons to keep them separate for technical and business reasons.
By adopting this, you adhere to the website best design practice. My examples have already removed 13 tabs with no loss of functionality to anyone who wants to keep the “tabs” separate, nor requiring a lot of changes to Manager as all you are doing is moving a shortcut effectively!
When you have time, i would be interested in your thoughts. Manager is very simple to use, but I think it’s time to re-consider the tab design as it’s grown too big and actually is hindering usability rather than improving it. This is not just my opinion. Various studies have shown 7 to be the magic number for menu choices.