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Guidelines for UI Checkboxes

February 12, 2020
Eric Fortis

As checkboxes are potentially confusing UI elements, here are a few tips for drafting them.

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Let's start with a classic tip: verbs clarify the intent.

Headings help too and avoid repetitive verbs.

Time Settings:

Match the mindset polarity, so it doesn't break the mood. For example, in Sign Up:

Maybe it's a Selector

Mitigate misreads by consolidating pairs like:


Be aware the alternative might be unexpected to the user:

Operating Voltage:

Maybe it's a Button

Checkboxes imply options, Buttons actions. If toggling requires confirmation, it's closer to an action.