Action Buttons allow users to trigger actions by clicking, tapping, or pressing a corresponding key on a keyboard, such as the “Enter” key.
Rules of Thumb
- Use only predefined button colors, sizes and fonts — don’t customize or alter them.
- Don’t design elements which look similar to buttons but act differently. Buttons are actionable elements.
- Don’t activate Pop Up Menus from buttons.
- Buttons within the same group should be the same size. Use the width of the widest button.
- Space buttons evenly.
- Clearly title buttons by choosing a verb that describes the action the user performs at precisely the moment the button is clicked: “Save, Close, Print, * Delete, Change Password,” etc.
- Resize button width to accommodate the title; do not abbreviate or truncate button titles.
- Don’t use an outside label to introduce a button. Instead, clearly title the button.
- Add an ellipsis (…) to the button title if it opens another window, Dialog Box or app.
- Within Dialog Boxes, right-justify buttons.
Outline Buttons are an alternative button style to be used in situations where a de-emphasized button is beneficial in guiding the user to a preferred option. For example, use an outline button for the less preferred option in Ok/Cancel button pairings.