I am writing a software that helps a user to perform one step after another. You can think of it like doing a tutorial. At the moment, each successful step needs to be confirmed by the user after it has been done.

I'd like to provide an option so that the tutorial automatically continues with the next step, when the current step is done.

Is there a nice short single word that would describe such an option?

I thought of auto-advance, but I'm not even sure that's a real English word. Also fast-forward doesn't seem to be really correct here, because it's still at the speed of the user (real time so to say).

My native language is German, and to be honest, I don't even know a suitable word there, so I can't look it up in a dictionary.

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    Would this be an option to enable/disable like a checkbox in the settings or something? If so I think 'auto-advance' is a good fit especially if you have the ability to add a hint when they hover over the option. Commented Oct 5, 2015 at 19:54
  • @ChrisR: yes, it would be a checkbox. Hovering (in the sense of a tooltip) is not possible, unfortunately. Would it still be self-explainign enough? Commented Oct 5, 2015 at 19:57
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    Hmm..I think it might depend on the user. This could also be a good question for the UX site Commented Oct 5, 2015 at 20:01
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    Auto-advance seems to be accepted terminology in things like slideshows. The term makes sense to me.
    – Holly
    Commented Oct 5, 2015 at 20:20
  • Another vote for Auto-Advance. Incidentally, 'software' is normally considered a mass-noun in English, so 'a software' strikes a bit of a wrong note. "An application", "a program", "a piece of software" and so on would sound better to a native speaker.
    – peterG
    Commented Oct 13, 2015 at 16:21

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The user would press a skip button to auto pass the tutorial. Per Merriam Webster:

skip: to pass over or omit an interval, item, or step

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a skip button is used to skip the option of adding a message to facebook.


The comments mentioned that auto-advance is a valid English word, so we are using it.

We did not use skip, because that implied to us that a step is not needed to be performed. That's not the case here: every step has to be performed.

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