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Buttons

A button, also known as a call-to-action (CTA), is a clickable control that initiates an action or changes a condition. Buttons allow users to take action.

Best practices for writing button copy

Format

For readability, limit buttons to 1 or 2 words, maximum 3.

When pairing a button with a single-action instruction, match the button's wording to the title. This parallelism adds clarity. For example:

  • Title: Download package?
  • Button: Download package

Word choice

Lead with strong verbs that invite a specific action. For example, “Download <file>” or “Import <file>.”

For example, “Download package” is clearer than “Download.”

Use simple, common, specific phrases that are familiar to the user.

Avoid unnecessary words and articles such as “the,” “an,” or “a.”

IncorrectCorrect
Download the packageDownload package
ImportImport data
SaveSave file

Example UI copy for buttons

IncorrectCorrect
Create button.Create component button.