A split button is a button in a program that the user can click it to do something or can click an arrow next to it to access additional functions. Here's an example:

Example split button

If I am writing instructions that involve a split button, who should I instruct the user to access the secondary functions?

For example, if I needed to write a step in some instructions for the reader to access "Restart" in the above image, how would I write it?

  • "Select Restart from drop-down menu".
    – Eilia
    Jun 19, 2015 at 12:19
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    I usually refer to it as a drop-down arrow. For example "click the drop-down arrow to the right of the menu and select 'Restart'". Jun 19, 2015 at 12:19

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A relatively long-winded way might be:

Access the drop-down menu next to the Shut Down button and select the "Restart..." option.

A more succinct way would be:

Select Shut Down > Restart

But if you have the option, it might be clearest to simply include the screenshot (as in your question).

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