Controls

Controls are UI elements that your users interact with on your app's main window area. See visual examples of controls in Windows-based, desktop apps and get links to guidelines for each control.

ballon
Balloons inform users of a non-critical problem or special condition in a control.
checkbox
Check boxes allow users to make a decision between two or more clearly differing choices.
command button
Command buttons allow users to perform an immediate action.
command link
Command links allow users to make a choice among a set of mutually exclusive, related choices.
drop down and combo box
Drop-down lists and combo boxes allow users to make a choice among a list of mutually exclusive values.
group box
Group boxes allow users to see relationships among a set of related controls.
link
Links allow users to navigate to another page, window, or Help topic; display a definition; initiate a command; or choose an option.
list box
List boxes allow users to select from a set of values presented in a list that is always visible. With a single-selection list box, users select one item from a list of mutually exclusive values. With a multiple-selection list box, users select zero or more items from a list of values.
list view
List views allow users to view and interact with a collection of data objects, using either single selection or multiple selection.
notification
Notifications inform users of events that are unrelated to the current user activity.
progress bar
Progress bars allow users to follow the progress of a lengthy operation.
progressive disclosure
Progressive disclosure controls allow users to show or hide additional information including data, options, or commands.
radio button
Radio buttons allow users to make a choice among a set of mutually exclusive, related choices.
search box
Search boxes provide users a way to locate specific objects or text quickly.
slider
Sliders allow users to choose from a continuous range of values.
spin
Spin controls allow users to change incrementally the value within its associated numeric text box.
status bar
Status bars display information about the state of the current window, background tasks, or other contextual information.
tab
Tabs present users with related information on separate labeled pages.
text box
Text boxes allow users to display, enter, or edit a text or numeric value.
tooltip
Tooltips label an unlabeled control.
infotip
Infotips describe an object to which the user is pointing.
treeview
Tree views allow users to view and interact with a hierarchically arranged collection of objects, using either single selection or multiple selection.