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Guidelines for back buttons

Applies to Windows and Windows Phone

A sample of what a standard back button control looks like


A back button provides backward navigation in the form of a button.


A screen shot illustrating the back button control

Dos and don'ts

  • Use the back button in apps that use a hierarchical navigation pattern.
  • When your app is at narrow widths, use a smaller back button size.
  • Don't use the back button in apps that use a flat navigation pattern. In flat navigation apps, the user typically moves through pages either through direct links within the content or through the nav bar.

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