Access Keys: UI Text Guidelines 

Access keys are a comprehensive means of navigating the entire UI.

  • When assigning access keys, choose a letter as close to the beginning of the label as possible, preferably the first letter.
  • Avoid duplicating access key assignments on the same surface. Duplication confuses users at best; at worst, it prevents them from accessing the control.
  • To aid the visibility of access keys, avoid assigning them to the following characters (from most problematic to least problematic):
    • Letters that are only one pixel wide, such as i, l, a period (.), or a colon (:)
    • Letters with descenders (such as j, g, q, y, j, and p)
    • Letters that are next to a letter that has a descender
  • The following table lists the recommended access key assignments for common commands in menus and on command buttons.

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