Guidelines for UI Checkboxes

by Eric Fortis

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


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

Likewise, headings help and avoid repetitive verbs.

Time Settings:

Don't break the mood; match the mindset polarity. For example, in Sign Up:

Maybe it's a Selector

Mitigate misreads.

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.

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