Why Toggle Buttons Should Never Look Like Action Buttons

Toggle buttons should never look like action buttons. A common mistake is to use the same color cue on them. Doing this increases visual noise and makes every toggle button look like an action button. As a result, the action button has a weaker signal and is harder to spot.

Not only that but using the same color cue will make the user think the active toggle is clickable when it’s not. An active toggle should only tell users that an option has been selected. But when it uses the same cue as an action button, it causes users to click the active toggle by mistake.

Toggle and action buttons need cues that don’t compete with each other. A variation in cues tells users that they can expect different affordances when they interact with them. It’ll also reduce visual noise and allow users to recognize action buttons easier.

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