Inquiry dialog boxes

Use inquiry dialog boxes when users must confirm an action before continuing. A question mark (?) indicator appears in an inquiry dialog box.

This screen shows an example inquiry dialog box.

Best practice: Implementing inquiry dialog boxes

  • Use a concise, descriptive question for the message.
  • Always prompt users with an inquiry dialog box to save their changes when they attempt to close a screen with unsaved changes.
  • Include a Cancel button so that users can close the dialog box without making changes.
  • Use verbs for labels that describe the associated action (for example, "Cancel," "Delete," "Discard," or "Save"). If necessary, include more descriptive text elsewhere on the screen (for example, in an application message).
  • Avoid using the labels "Yes" and "No."

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