I am writing a manual for an application. The manual describes how to operate a piece of software. Often I write sentences like:
Press "Compute" button, then change to "Statistics" tab.
My colleague has added definite articles in front of each control's name.
Press the "Compute" button, then change to the "Statistics" tab.
I feel like it is wrong. Since neither of us is a native speaker, we are not sure whether to put or omit the definite article "the" in front of names of buttons. I could not find a rule on the web that applies to buttons and tabs.
What is the correct way to formulate such a sentence: with or without the "the"?