I have a multi-step form with five steps.

At the bottom of each page there is a button to go to the previous step and the next step.

Should the text inside the button have the name of the next / previous step? Or should they say Previous / Next?

Steps are shown to the user at the top of the form and are clickable:

1. Recipient     2. Options     3. Access     4. Contact

Let's say we are on step 2, should the buttons say

[ < Recipient ]                  [ Access > ]

or should they simply be

[ < Previous ]                   [ Next > ]

Note that the buttons have arrows to let the user know that he is going back (<) or forth (>) using horizontal MUI stepper.


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I think it's a design decision. The only problem I see is that by using the standard previous / next labels, the user knows for sure that it's a stepper and consequently they stay on the same page.

If one of these buttons has a different label with an XXXXX name it can lead to the confusion that it's a button to jump to another page.

There is another solution for desktop by adding a tooltip to each button with the destination name:

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