Icons are the visual representation of a behavior or concept. They are often used to add meaning to controls and commands. Visuals, either realistic or symbolic, enable the user to navigate the UI the same way signs help users navigate their environment. They should be simple, clear, and contain only the necessary details to enable customers to quickly parse what action will occur when they choose a control.
Office app ribbon interfaces have a standard visual style. This ensures consistency and familiarity across Office apps. The guidelines will help you design a set of PNG assets for your solution that fit in as a natural part of Office.
Many HTML containers contain controls with iconography. Use Office UI Fabric’s custom font to render Office styled icons in your add-in. Fabric’s icon font contains many glyphs for common Office metaphors that you can scale, color, and style to suit your needs. If you have an existing visual language with your own set of icons, feel free to use it in your HTML canvases. Building continuity with your own brand with a standard set of icons is an important part of any design language. Be careful to avoid creating confusion for customers by conflicting with Office metaphors.
Design icons for add-in commands
Add-in commands add buttons, text, and icons to the Office UI. Your add-in command buttons should provide meaningful icons and labels that clearly identify the action the user is taking when they use a command. The following articles provide stylistic and production guidelines to help you design icons that integrate seamlessly with Office.
- For the Monoline style of Microsoft 365, see Monoline style icon guidelines for Office Add-ins.
- For the Fresh style of non-subscription Office 2013+, see Fresh style icon guidelines for Office Add-ins.
You must choose one style or the other and your add-in will use the same icons whether it is running in Microsoft 365 or non-subscription Office.