UX Glossary

Breadcrumbs

Breadcrumbs are a navigation element that allows users to orient themselves within a Web site, or efficiently move to one of the intermediate pages. Breadcrumbs are usually placed near the top of the page (generally immediately beneath the browser's address bar). For example, if users are reading about the features and benefits of 'widget x,' breadcrumbs might show the following information:

Home > Products > Widget x > Features/Benefits

Breadcrumbs allow users to find their way to the homepage and ensure that they won't easily become lost. Breadcrumbs should be designed so that users can click on any of the words in the breadcrumb string to jump to that section of the Web site.


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