Radio Button

Radio Buttons allow users to mutually select an option from a predefined set of options. When one selection is made, the previous selection becomes deselected. One option should always be selected.

Rules of Thumb

  • Use Radio Buttons for mutually exclusive choices. If user can make more than one choice use Checkboxes.
  • Radio Buttons appear in groups of two or more.
  • One option should always be selected.
  • Use Radio Buttons when two to six choices are available. If displaying more than six items, consider using a Drop Down Menu.
  • Don’t use a Radio Button to initiate an action.
  • Lay out lists of Radio Buttons vertically with one choice per line.
  • Accurately label a group of Radio Buttons to describe the choices.
  • Give each Radio Button a text label that describes the choice it represents.
  • If you use more than one word in a text label, be sure to use title-style capitalization.

Examples

radio buttons do

radio buttons do

Do: Use Radio Buttons when asking users to select a mutually exclusive option from a predefined set of options. When one selection is made, a previous selection becomes deselected.

radio buttons dont

radio buttons dont

Don’t: Use Radio Buttons to display more than six items. Instead, use a Drop Down Menu.

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