Selection controls

When to use which selection controls

Use radio buttons or checkboxes when..

  • There is no clear default or recommended options
  • You want user to read all options
  • The options are unfamiliar to user and there is less or no chance that the user can predict them
  • You have less then 5 options
  • Comparison of options needs to be clear
  • Visibility and quick response is a priority

Use select boxes or multi selects when..

  • Displaying all options will draw user's attention
  • It is not encouraged for users to change the default option
  • A large number of familiar options are available
  • You have more than 7 options

Use input field with autocomplete when..

  • You have more than 20 options

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