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Providing Alternatives to Wizards

Well-designed applications provide more than one way to accomplish frequently performed tasks. Although wizards are an excellent user interface for the new or infrequent user, they can sometimes be too slow for the experienced user. In addition, because wizards are only for the most common steps of a task, they do not include unusual steps that experienced users might need.

In general, if you provide a wizard for a task, also provide other ways for experienced users to accomplish the same task. For example, if there is a command-line interface to your application, make it available in addition to your wizard. All the ways to perform a task must provide information that is accurate and mutually consistent.

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