Check Boxes & Radio Buttons
Last updated: September 14, 2015 at 20:27 pm

Input for multiple choice questions. Radio buttons force users to select only one response; checkboxes are used when the user may select multiple responses.


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What problem does this element or pattern solve?
Although their functionality is very different, there seems to be ongoing confusion regarding the use of radio buttons and check boxes. Use this section to identify which to use when, as well as their visual styling and placement.
It applies to these platforms:

Desktop Web, Tablet Web, Smartphone Web

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Detailed specifications

Specifications To Consider

  • You may find it advantageous to place radio buttons and check boxes on the same standards page to help business owners more accurately differentiate between them.
  • Be sure to address instances when a single checkbox should be used. This is often necessary for a user confirm their understanding or agreement to important terms and conditions. Although there is only a single response, radio buttons cannot be used because they cannot be unchecked.
  • When using radio buttons, will one item be pre-selected to ensure the field validates? Or will the initial display be blank to avoid inaccurate responses if the field is overlooked?
  • As with other form items, include any special formatting or visual styling instructions that are needed.


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Additional details
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This element or pattern may also be known as:
checkbox, box, tick box, tickbox, checkmark, button, option button, toggle
Related elements within this Style Framework:

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Owners and governance
UX or design 0wner
John Designowner
Email: design.owner@yourcompany.com
Business or marketing owner
Mary Businessowner
Email: business.owner@yourcompany.com
Development owner
Mike Devowner
Email: development.owner@yourcompany.com


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