Commands (Design basics)


This design guide was created for Windows 7 and has not been updated for newer versions of Windows. Much of the guidance still applies in principle, but the presentation and examples do not reflect our current design guidance.

Commands are actions users can take while using your app. Learn the guidelines for adding commands to your app's menus, ribbons, and toolbars.

In this section

Topic Description
Menus are hierarchical lists of commands or options available to users in the current context.
Ribbons are the modern way to help users find, understand, and use commands efficiently and directly with a minimum number of clicks, with less need to resort to trial-and-error, and without having to refer to Help.
Toolbars are a way to group commands for efficient access.