Do you know any appropriate synonyms for the word "button" in the context of User Interface design?

  • As far as I am aware of, there is no synonym that does not use "button" in it. (push button I have heard, but it uses button)
    – skymningen
    Aug 14, 2013 at 7:34
  • As someone who has worked with quite a few Grafical User Interface builders, I have to say, that all of them have acknowledged a button as a button. Nothing more, nothing less.
    – Bloodcount
    Aug 14, 2013 at 7:48
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    (1) In graphical user interfaces, a button is a small outlined area in a dialog box that you can click to select an option or command. (webopedia.com/TERM/B/button.html) You may like to try ux.stackexchange.com also. I do not think there's any other equivalent technical term.
    – Kris
    Aug 14, 2013 at 8:22
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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is computer interface design terminology and should be asked on the appropriate SE site.
    – TrevorD
    Aug 15, 2013 at 23:37

2 Answers 2


Because the context is limited to User Interface design the word available is button, but you could of course use descriptive words. For example,

"The main screen was occupied by clickable boxes."

"The control board screen littered with action boxes."

The problem is the word button is extremely succinct within the user interface context. Any attempt at rewording can only be done through the use of secondarily descriptive words.

  • clickable boxes are not necessarily buttons - e.g. check boxes
    – mmmmmm
    Aug 15, 2013 at 23:04

In some circumstances, icon will work:

A picture on a screen that represents a specific file, directory, window, option, or program.

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