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In technical manual how would you write: “to run the default action press the button” or to launch the default action? Or to activate? Or something else?

  • It depends on which metaphor best fits. Processing a batch of accounts: run. Rocket: launch. You can also start, initiate or trigger default actions where appropriate. – Lawrence Aug 1 '18 at 6:50
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    There are many different ways of expressing this. It depends entirely on context, the style guide being followed, and personal choice. – Jason Bassford Aug 1 '18 at 8:27
  • All of the options you listed should be correct! I would pick which one you use based on the context. – jmrpink Aug 1 '18 at 13:28
  • To perform the default action... – Global Charm Aug 2 '18 at 18:38
  • Sorry to point out, that doesn't belong to English Language Users but to some other forum dedicated to interface design. If it did belong here, you'd first need to explain what kind of "default action" you were talking about; how it related to other, unspecified variables and perhaps, a host of other things. As it is, Global Charm's "perform" sounds like your best choice. – Robbie Goodwin Aug 17 '18 at 19:46

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