Use drop-down lists to allow users to select a single value from a set of values.
Drop-down lists help make complex screens more compact and streamlined by collapsing
many options into one element.
- If users need to choose from 2-3 sets of interconnected values, such as the date and time
of an appointment, use a picker.
- For the default value, use the value that users are most likely to click.
- If users are not required to click a value, include a "None" value in the
drop-down list. Always place the "None” value at the top of the list.
- Use clear, concise labels for drop-down lists and for the values in drop-down
lists. Verify that the label clearly describes what occurs when users click the
- Avoid using "Yes" and "No" as drop-down list values. Rephrase the option and
use a check box instead.
- Use title case capitalization for drop-down list labels and values (unless
the values read more like a sentence).