Hover-Reveal Tools mini
Also known as: Hover Tools, Hover Tools, Hover Controls
Hover-Reveal Tools allows user to interact directly with the content. Hover-Reveal Tools are contextual tools that are shown when the user hovers over an element that has tools available. Hiding tools by default and revealing them on demand decreases the visual noise in the user interface and makes content cleaner and less cluttered.
When using Hover-Reveal Tools, discoverability might be an issue. As tools are shown only when hovering over elements, it might be difficult to discover this functionality.
Example Images (6 examples)
Hover-Reveal ToolsSource: http://brizzly.com/
Brizzly reveals tools on hover with actions such as reply, retweet happening inline.
Context sensitive actionSource: http://theworxhub.com/
Interact with dashboard notices using context sensitive mouse-over actions.
Delete or mark a tweetSource: http://flickr.com/
Twitter reveals its additional tools, “Delete” and “Favorite”, when the user hovers over his tweets.
Search resultsSource: http://wikia.com/
Contextual tools are shown when the user mouse overs a search results item.
React to activitiesSource: http://flickr.com/
Flickr Photostream. Tools for each Flickr activity are revealed when mouse overing a row.
Drop-down menu is shown on hoverSource: http://flickr.com/
A drop-down menu gets revealed on mouse over.