When to use
- You have a larger task (such as setting up an account) broken into steps.
- Users need to complete information in each of the steps.
- You want to nudge the user to complete the remaining steps.
When not to use
- The process is out of the user’s control and involves status updates—use a timeline.
Make it clear how to progress
Wizards offers options for going back to completed steps. But the wizard itself has no option for moving forward.
Make it clear in the rest of the screen how users can continue in the task. Use primary buttons to draw attention to the main action to get them to the next step.
Keep progress even
Manage user expectations by keeping it clear what’s been done and what’s left to do. Reduce anxiety by showing their progress and continuing forward smoothly.
Break the process into approximately equal steps so that each step advances the user about the same amount toward the end.