Text (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.

Text includes any text users can see in your app. Review these guidelines on the use of UI text, style, and tone for your apps.

In this section

Topic Description
User Interface Text
User interface text appears on UI surfaces.
Style and Tone
Tone in writing is the attitude that the writer conveys to the reader. It's not necessarily what you say, but how you say it. Tone is intended to create a specific response or emotion in the reader; it creates a personality that can either engage or repel users.

You can also find specific text guidelines in the Text or Labels sections for Controls and Windows.