The page contains a table and each row's last cell contains a hyperlink which redirects the user to a document.

What icon would be best suited in replacing this link to a document?

I was thinking either;

  • a small eye icon (as to view)
  • a small doc icon
  • Maybe you can just change a color of document name, like a visited link.. Dec 8, 2016 at 12:52
  • You should give a little more context for better judgement. But I would choose doc over eye since it's easier to guess
    – Big_Chair
    Dec 8, 2016 at 13:00
  • @Big_Chair updated.
    – C_B
    Dec 8, 2016 at 13:21
  • I was more looking for a standard than a suggestion.
    – C_B
    Dec 8, 2016 at 14:54

2 Answers 2


In my opinion, a small doc icon will serve its best purpose in your case.

Or else you can try a fusion of both, something like this:

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  • Very nice! I don't suppose there's an industry standard for such an icon?
    – C_B
    Dec 8, 2016 at 14:54
  • Thanks! I can't comment on, whether it is a standard or not? But I can assure you, it should be well acceptable under the industry defined design terms conferring the end users perceptibility. Dec 8, 2016 at 15:40

Having two different icons may mislead the user to thing of two different files/records rather two different states.

So I would suggest to have icons as close as possible. You can have:

  • document icon with small eye(or a tick) in the bottom right corner for "Viewed Document"
  • document icon with small plus sign in the bottom right corner for "New Document"
  • please see edit
    – C_B
    Dec 8, 2016 at 13:22

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