In general, the present disclosure describes navigating user interfaces that accept one-dimensional input, such as a vehicle dashboard console, a smart watch display, and/or the like. For example, a user interface may include a scrollable menu where the user is limited to just scrolling up or down the menu without dedicated next, previous, or select buttons. Rather than requiring a user to scroll all the way to a fixed location in the list, e.g. the top of the list, to navigate a menu hierarchy in order to select a back, select, next, up, close, or other affordance button, the techniques described herein may modify the user interface such that the affordance button is more easily accessible and may require fewer user inputs to navigate to and select. For example, the affordance button may be hidden until a user indicates an intent to activate the affordance button, the affordance button may remain at a top of the visible area of a scrollable menu even as the user scrolls the list beyond the first page of the list, or the affordance button may move around the user interface such that it remains adjacent to the cursor as the user navigates through the list.
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Albrecht Buehler, Conrad Herbert; Barlow, Ian Douglas; Jon Nishida; Notario, David; and Lopez, Rod, "EFFICIENT CONTENT NAVIGATION WITH A SINGLE DIMENSION OF INPUT", Technical Disclosure Commons, (July 13, 2020)