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UI Control Guidelines

A collection of detailed guidelines about User Interface (UI) controls, the building blocks of any software interface. Buttons, links, accordions, menus, and more!

Button Guidelines

Buttons are common elements of every interface and are used to execute an action. It must be apparent what that action will be, to avoid any mistakes or confusion.

By Tess Gadd

Text Input Guidelines

Text input fields allow keyboard input from the user. They are frequently used with other types of input controls in a form, but can be used on their own.

By Tess Gadd

Dropdown Menu (Combo Box) Guidelines

A Dropdown menu (or Combo Box, Pull Down menu, Picker) gives you a list of items to select from. It’s a common element in forms, setting pages, and quizzes.

By Tess Gadd

Radio Button Guidelines

Radio button controls allow users to select items from a list when only a single selection is valid. Find out when you should use them and some best practices.

By Tess Gadd

Checkbox Guidelines

Checkbox controls allow users to select items from a list when multiple selections are valid. Read more for tips, best practices, and different use cases.

By Tess Gadd

On/Off Switch Guidelines

On/off switches are great for settings areas, but you should avoid using them in forms. Read on for more information about toggle switches and best practices.

By Tess Gadd

Numeric Stepper Guidelines

A numeric stepper is a UI control that works well for clicking through numbers with a small value. For anything higher than 10 you should use a different control.

By Tess Gadd

Slider Guidelines

With a slider you can graphically see you selection relative to the minimum and maximum options. For a tiny control, there are a lot of best practices to know!

By Tess Gadd

Link Guidelines

Links are a very versatile control. You can use them for your primary navigation, for navigating through a page, to bring users to a more detailed page, and more!

By Tess Gadd

Breadcrumb Guidelines

Breadcrumbs are a chain of links used on websites with hierarchical navigation. They allow users to orientate themselves as they move throughout the platform.

By Tess Gadd

Tabs

Accordions

Tree Panes

App Bars

Menus

Lists

Text

Scrollbars

Rules

Splitters

iOS Native Controls

Annotations

Alerts

Progress Bars