A Multi-picker allows users to make multiple selections by searching for specific items in a list. It is made up of other components to make selecting multiple options easy and fast.
Appropriate for lists larger than 7-10 options that may require a user to add and remove multiple options. The Multi-picker allows a user to search through a large organized list to find and select multiple options. It makes the selections clear and easy to remove.
The following are the basic components for creating a Multi-picker. For detailed documentation on our Multi-picker, view the Multi-picker design specs.
A Dialog can be used as the base to display all of the components within a Multi-picker. For more information, see Dialog documentation.
Displaying results after confirming selections in a Multi-picker dialog
There are some scenarios where it makes sense to display the results of selections made within a Multi-picker.
Display the result if few selections were made.
If selections get too long or wrap to a new line, we recommend truncating the results to only show one selection and have an overflow indicator with the number of truncated selections represent the rest.
Use a Tooltip to display the rest of the results on hover. If the results are longer than 45 characters, remove the Tooltip and only allow the user to view the results in the Multi-picker. For more information, see Tooltip documentation.
Text input: Search
Use Search to filter a long list of options. Typeahead is optional, but recommended, to provide suggestions for a more efficient experience. For more information, see Search documentation and Typeahead documentation.
Tags (exception to available components)
Once an option is checked, it becomes a selection. Selections are visually defined by the encapsulation of the label in a gray rectangle accompanied by the remove button (X icon). Selections can be removed by clicking the remove button.
Out of all the available components listed to create a Multi-picker, tags are the exception and should be custom. View the Multi-picker design specs for tabs design specs.
List of options
Checkboxes are used to represent options in a Multi-picker list. More than one option can be checked. To remove a selection, uncheck the checkbox. For more information, see Checkbox documentation.
Use a pager when the list of options is larger than 20 options in a two-column list. Use your judgment as the height of the list of options will vary based on screen size. For information, see Pager documentation.
Layout & Structure
Putting all of the components together in the right order and layout is essential for a user to search, add, and remove options efficiently. This includes:
For detailed documentation on our Multi-picker, view the Multi-picker design specs.
Give your Multi-picker a clear, actionable title that will help users understand what exactly they need to do. For example: Add accounts.
Display the list of options in two columns when the list exceeds 10 options. If the option labels are very long, use one column instead. Use a pager when the list of options in two columns exceeds 20 options. As the screen size reduces, the two-column list should reduce to just one column.
Two-column list with pager
To comply with Dialog standards, the Multi-picker actions should be placed in the footer of the Dialog.
After a user has checked at least one option, they will appear as selections between the selections counter and the search bar. The "Remove all" action should appear disabled until there is at least one selection made.
Users can remove a selection using one of two methods:
- Clicking on the remove button (X icon) within the selection.
- Unchecking the checkbox in the list of options.
Selecting all options
A "Select all" button provides an efficient way for the user to add all of the options into the selection list.
Remove all options
A "Remove all" button provides an efficient way for the user to remove all selections, which will simultaneously uncheck all options in the list.
When on a mobile device (breakpoint ≤480px), the Multi-picker option list reduces to just one column.
Selections will wrap to the next line. If a user has made a large number of selections, the page should scroll.
- Use Checkboxes for lists smaller than 7-10 items.
- Use a Dropdown multi-select for lists larger than 10 options that may require a user to select more than 1 option.
- Use Radio buttons if users can only select 1 option from a list of 3 or fewer options.
- Use a Dropdown select if users can only select 1 option from lists larger than 2 options.