Windows 10: Terminology (names) for standard Windows icons

  1.    06 May 2016 #1

    Terminology (names) for standard Windows icons

    In searching for information, and in writing documentation for myself, I'd like to know the correct names with which to refer to standard Windows 10 icons. Some I've found more or less accidentally by just browsing documentation (e.g. the 'Task View' icon), but others I haven't found.

    For example, in the Start screen in Tablet mode, there's a left-arrow icon in the taskbar second from the left, and a 'hamburger' icon at the top left of the screen.

    Is there a list anywhere with the accepted names for these and other icons?
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  2.    06 May 2016 #2

    Try sthg like this?
    Start Learning Windows 10 With A Free Book | Gizmo's Freeware

    There's probably no published reference sheet. Have you noticed how poorly help works now? Quite often page directs are broken and point to an obsolete page or one that's not even the right Windows version, or some bland general Win 10 index page. And of course the offline help with helpful URLs embedded that we used to have has gone.

    Might be of interest:
    Windows 10 Training Video – New Terminology
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  3.    06 May 2016 #3

    Thanks. That's a useful resource, but didn't help with names for those particular icons, which you can see in Figure 1-4 (page 6) of the current edition (Feb 2016).
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  4.    06 May 2016 #4

    Hi, you'll need to do your own research, I'm afraid... unless you're lucky and someone comes along. I'm afraid I didn't actually read through that for you- just a pointer. MS doesn't produce rigorous documentation at the consumer level, and had significantly deprecated help.
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  5.    06 May 2016 #5

    dalchina said: View Post
    I'm afraid I didn't actually read through that for you- just a pointer.
    That's OK, I wasn't expecting you to. I searched the document for every occurrence of 'icon', without finding what I want. A few icons were named, but others were just described (e.g.) by their position. Thanks again for the link.

    I may have to just make up my own names, for my personal documentation. But it's a pity that there aren't standard names recommended by Microsoft. Communication depends on people knowing what other people mean when they use certain words; or if they don't, they know where to go to look them up (dictionaries). Circumlocutions can be used, e.g. 'the island state to the south of eastern Australia'; but it's handy to have the name 'Tasmania'. :)
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