Windows User Interface Guidelines

Have you ever designed a dialog and wondered what’s the right control size, spacing, font, layout etc? This respectable document (46 MB!) contains a wealth of such information:

For example, did you know that the default size of a button (like OK and Cancel) needs to 73x21 pixels? Or that the vertical spacing between a label and a control needs to be 5 pixels? Here’s an excerpt from the document:


Comments (4)

  1. Kevin says:

    Hmm… I pressed Windows+R to look at the OK and Cancel buttons' size, and they are 86×24 on Windows 7? I looked on a Windows XP machine, and it is 73×21.


  2. saivert says:

    that is because Microsoft doesn't follow its own human interface guidelines. just look at all their apps.

    Windows Media Player and Office 2007/2010 is the prime example of that. "hey when we want to skin an app we just do it, disregard the HIG!"

    They did a good job with Notepad though. That app has remained pretty much faithful to the MS HIG for all this time.

  3. Joren says:

    That document is glorious. Thanks for linking.

  4. Careen says:

    Thank you for this file it helps me a lot!!!

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