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Example: A music player should not use a toggle button to implement a Play/Pause button. It should use a normal button and adjust the icon and label to represent the action which would be performed when clicked.
 
Example: A music player should not use a toggle button to implement a Play/Pause button. It should use a normal button and adjust the icon and label to represent the action which would be performed when clicked.
  
==How to use==
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==Icon and label==
  
Never change the icon or label of a toggle button. The fact that it is pressed down is enough to indicate the current state of the element it represents.
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Never change the icon or label of a toggle button. A toggle button is very similar to a check box. It should thus be used in the same way.
  
Since a toggle button represents a state, in most cases the label should be a noun rather than a verb.
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The fact that it is pressed down is enough to indicate the current state of the element it represents.

Revision as of 22:07, 17 August 2010

A toggle button is a button which stays down when clicked once and goes up when clicked a second time.

When to use

Use a toggle button to indicate a state.

Example: A word processor should use toggle buttons to indicate the state of "Bold", "Italic" or "Underline" formatting.

When not to use

Do not use a toggle button to indicate an action.

Example: A music player should not use a toggle button to implement a Play/Pause button. It should use a normal button and adjust the icon and label to represent the action which would be performed when clicked.

Icon and label

Never change the icon or label of a toggle button. A toggle button is very similar to a check box. It should thus be used in the same way.

The fact that it is pressed down is enough to indicate the current state of the element it represents.