Command Buttons: What Are They For In Computing & How To Use Them

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Command buttons are integral part of many computer programs and applications. They provide a quick and convenient way of executing commands, with just a single click.

Command buttons can usually be found as part of the user interface, either in a dedicated menu or as part of a toolbar.

Further in this article, we will go over the basics of command buttons and give a few examples of how to use them.

What are command buttons

Definition of command buttons

Command buttons are a type of user interface used in computer software and websites. They are visually represented by symbols or words and are used to indicate an action or command that a user can take. Command buttons are often depicted as rectangular boxes or circles that contain the text of the command. The image and text inside the button will usually change color when a command is hovered over or pressed, indicating that it has been activated.

Typically, users interact with command buttons by pressing them with either a mouse cursor or using a pointing device such as a trackpad. When clicked, the button performs an action set by its programmer such as print, save, go back or exit.

Command buttons may also be associated with specific types of software such as video editing programs where commands like play, pause and rewind correspond to typical operations. Knowing how to properly use command buttons is essential for most computing tasks so it’s important to familiarize yourself with their uses in order to maximize your productivity with computers.

Types of Command Buttons

Command buttons are one of the most used graphical user interface (GUI) elements in computing. They are designed to provide users with an easy way to initiate a certain action upon clicking. Command buttons can be used for various applications such as changing settings, executing a program, or opening a file. In this article, we will explore the different types of command buttons, their appearance, and how to use them.


Push Buttons

A push button is type of command button that is typically used for executing an action. It is commonly referred to as a “button” and generally consists of two parts; a base that is stationary and the actual button on top which can be pushed up or down to execute the command. Push buttons are usually used as switches, allowing users to turn on or off devices, open programs, navigate menus and website links, and make selections within applications or programs.

There are two types of push buttons — momentary and toggle — which describe how the button responds when pressed. Momentary push buttons are simply used for triggering an event such as opening a particular program or application; once the user releases the button, no further action will take place. Toggle push buttons remain operational until triggered again to deactivate it; this type of switch is commonly found in video game consoles, controlling game functions like speed settings or volume levels.

In computing terms, most push buttons contain a graphic element such as an icon that visually represents the function it executes when activated by pressing the button down. For example, an icon may indicate clicking it will take you forward one step within a process or menu setting (forward arrow), while another could reverse your current operations (back arrow).

Radio Buttons

Radio buttons are user interface components used for gathering input from the user. It is also sometimes referred to as an “Option Button.” These are most often used to let the user select from a list of options. For example, they might enable you to choose between a Monday appointment time and a Tuesday appointment time. When clicked, they become “radioed” or activated.

When more than one radio button is available in a given group, selecting one of them causes the others in that group to deselect automatically; this way, only one radio button in that group can be selected at any given time. This forces the user to make an explicit choice and prevents them from unintentionally not selecting any item (which generally isn’t desirable).

The appearance of radio buttons depends on the operating system; typically they will have small circles that can be filled with either a dot, tick or cross when active or empty when inactive or undecided. An important note: Radio buttons should always include at least two separate items for selection. If there is only one item for selection, then it should appear as a checkbox instead of a radio button.

Check Boxes

Check boxes are one of several different types of command buttons that can be used in a graphical user interface. These buttons, which are rectangular in shape, allow the user to indicate one or more selections from a list of options. Check boxes consist of an empty box with a label describing the option it represents, and when clicked by the user, the box is filled in or “checked” to confirm the selected option. When unchecked or cleared, the selection is dismissed.

Click behavior for check boxes can vary depending on whether they are single-select or multi-select. A single-select check box will automatically uncheck any other selected inputs when that selection is made — allowing only one item to be chosen at a time — while multi-select check boxes permit multiple selections within a set and usually require explicit deselection action by the user.

These command buttons are often found in dialog boxes and settings menus, where users must make choices from a list before continuing with an action. The resulting selections often determine how an application responds to commands and data input from that point onward.

How to Use Command Buttons

Command buttons are used in computer programs to make it easier for users to interact with the software. They typically appear as buttons with text on them and are activated when the user clicks or taps them. Command buttons are a great way to make programs user-friendly and can help speed up processes. In this guide, we’ll discuss how to use command buttons and the advantages of using them.

Push Buttons

Command buttons, also known as push buttons, are controls that the user can click to indicate their choice. Command buttons are most commonly used within forms and dialog boxes to allow the user to capture input data, close a dialog box or perform an action.

Most command buttons are used to initiate an action such as adding a new entry or deleting one. However, they can be used with any action that requires the user to give permission – either by clicking a button or another control such as a menu item. Other uses of command buttons include controlling animation (such as a blinking arrow) in order to capture attention and allowing the user to enter sub-forms or fields within an existing form (this is useful for entering multiple types of information when creating an item). To make it easier for the user, command buttons can provide helpful hints on how they are used.

When designing a graphical user interface (GUI) for your computer application, it is important to use effective textual and graphical messages for each command button so that the end users will reliably understand what will happen when they press it. Remember also that you should limit or balance the number of command buttons on each page so not too many choices overwhelm your users. It is also beneficial if you design them with consistent sizing and shape in order to maintain familiarity across pages and applications; this makes navigating between screens much easier for your users.

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Radio Buttons

Radio buttons are command buttons in computing that allow users to make one-off selections from a range of predefined options. To use radio buttons, the user only needs to click on an option which will be highlighted or, some systems may also “checkmark” it. Radio buttons can only allow one choice at any given time and are commonly used in forms or questionnaires.

They are usually placed together in a group so that only one selection among all the options is allowed. If you choose an option from the group, then it deselects whichever one was previously checked and automatically checks the new selection instead—hence the term: radio button. This can be useful for gating questions in forms when ‘none of the above’ is not an acceptable answer; you don’t want someone to accidentally leave any steps blank!

To provide better usability, each “button” should clearly indicate what it refers to or represent (this could be an icon or text) so that users can understand their choices and how they work. However, if this is not necessary, then a single submit button could also be used if there are no other unique answers among your options.

Check Boxes

Check boxes are one of the most common command buttons found in computing, providing a space where an individual can indicate some form of agreement or preference. To activate these command buttons, users will typically click the box to add a checkmark, which will indicate that the box is selected. Alternately, unselected boxes may appears as blank empty squares.

Depending on the program being used, users may also click and hold down their mouse button to drag across multiple checkboxes as a single action. For example, many online ordering systems use checkboxes to choose what items are wanted and then all those items are placed in a single order without needing to go through each list item individually. This option is often grouped together underneath the phrase “select all”.

Examples of Command Buttons

Command buttons are graphical user interface elements that allow users to interact with a program. They are usually found in user dialog boxes, and they can be used to carry out various operations. Common examples of command buttons are OK, Cancel, and Help. In this article, we will look at some of the more common examples of command buttons and how to use them.

Push Buttons

Push buttons are physical pieces of hardware used to control and interact with electronic devices. They’re called push buttons because they activate when you press them. Push buttons are typically found on gaming consoles, microwaves, and other electrical appliances, but are most commonly associated with computers due to their popularity in operating system and application user interfaces.

Command buttons exist as part of user interface elements that allow users to interact with their computer device. They usually provide access to menu commands or settings (such as settings for a sound card). Command buttons may appear in various sizes and shapes including rectangular boxes surrounded by a border, circles or squares with text labels or icons inside of them. The user interacts with the command button by pressing it or clicking it with a cursor (usually with the left mouse button).

When you press a command button, certain actions can result such as opening drop down menus (pull-down menus), launching applications, displaying dialog boxes for configuration parameters or performing operations on the graphical user interface (GUI). For example, pressing an “OK” command button might close an open dialog window while pressing the “Cancel” command button may reset any changed parameters to their original values before closing the same window.

Radio Buttons

Radio buttons are command buttons that allow a user to choose one of two or more predetermined values. An example of radio buttons is gender selection, where only one option can be selected at a time (male or female). Another example is the “size” option in an online store – you can select one size that applies to all items.

The distinguishing feature of radio buttons is that they are mutually exclusive: if you select one choice, the others become unselected. This differs from checkboxes, which allow multiple selections and hence have no “exclusive” state. Due to their exclusive nature and precise form, radio button elements can efficiently convey form constraints and simpler user interface choices to the web user.

However, radio buttons should be used only when there are few choices; when there is a large number of options it becomes difficult for the user to scan through them all – for instance, selecting a city from hundreds of cities presented as radio button elements would be tedious. In such cases, dropdown menus or search boxes should be used instead.

Check Boxes

Check boxes are command buttons that allow users to select one or more options from a list. Selecting an option is achieved by clicking a square box used to mark the option. This selection can be changed by clicking the square box again in order to deselect the option. Check boxes have multiple uses, such as on online forms or applications that require users to select certain options regarding preferences and personal information, as well as shopping websites that show products users can add to their purchase lists.

Another use of check boxes is for managing tasks, as found on interactive project management platforms which offer check boxes for tasks associated with each project and task list. Examples of this type of platform include Microsoft’s To-Do list and Trello’s board-based project manager interface.

Radio buttons are similar in structure and purpose to check boxes in many ways, but radio buttons can only contain two possible selections rather than a range of adjustable options like those seen with check boxes.


In conclusion, command buttons are an invaluable and often underutilized tool in the computing world. Whether used for simple tasks such as copy and paste or for more complex actions like running a program, these buttons can save time, energy, and effort when completing any task in computing. To use them effectively, it’s important to understand the different types of command buttons, what they do, and how they are used. As each type of button is unique and can fulfill multiple purposes depending on context, it is important to read up on the specific commands associated with command buttons before performing any task in computing.

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