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Some days it seems every member of my team calls each control by a different name. Is there a good resource, preferably with images, for what the official name of each control type is? I found a few things but they mostly deal with more confusing controls; I'm looking for something like the difference between a "button", a "menu", and a "tab".

We're working with a .NET application, so Windows-specific terminology would be applicable here.

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I too am looking for a truly visual reference, though the Microsoft glossary is quite useful. Will keep my eye on this thread while I keep searching for one with visual examples alongside definitions. Good question!! –  user15957 Jun 27 '12 at 20:51
    
Have you seen this? msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/bb328626.aspx –  user15957 Jun 27 '12 at 20:53
    
@PetitHibou72 You mean the same link that's in the accepted answer? Yes, I have :) –  Yamikuronue Jun 28 '12 at 12:21
    
Perhaps the title should be changed to "Is there a visual glossary of Windows or .NET UI Controls?". –  zzzzBov Jun 28 '12 at 15:55
    
@zzzzBov Adjusted, though I would have accepted something more generic as well. I didn't originally think about the fact that controls go by different names on different OS's –  Yamikuronue Jun 28 '12 at 16:19

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Sure, here it is: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/bb328626.aspx

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Aha, thanks! I was only finding text descriptions in my own search. –  Yamikuronue Mar 20 '12 at 13:54
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Sometimes answers get accepted far too quickly after the question has been posted, but I think in this case it's spot on. You couldn't get a better answer than this. –  JonW Mar 20 '12 at 13:58

You can also find here for all big company's UI guidelines:

http://usabilitygeek.com/official-usability-user-experience-user-interface-guidelines-from-companies/

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