I am used three dots for context menu

Does three dots in linear make sense "more" in web applications, i have seen them only in mobile design?

  • Implement it and test with your users. – dnbrv Feb 19 '15 at 6:41
  • I think a 'gear' icon would fit this design better. It definitely corresponds to your context menu options. – Vince C Feb 19 '15 at 8:00
  • Down arrow is best. Ellipsis is used a lot in Windows to indicate a modal popup, which this menu isn't. – Steve Jones Feb 19 '15 at 10:06

Most of the user would not know what ... means. Try this

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  • The down-pointing triangle is also used for "Expand" command. – dnbrv Feb 19 '15 at 6:40
  • What makes you say that most people won't recognise them? That's a bit of an assumption. – JonW Feb 19 '15 at 8:46
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    I had used this for my company app and it was tested in my office in San Francisco. 73% people did not know what it was. 45 % thought something is loading. 6 % actually clicked on it . 28% people were trying to swipe the button.( they though 3 dots represent number of screens like android ) – Guru Munishwar Feb 19 '15 at 8:54

They almost make as much sense as the word "more" ...

As with any icon, I personally have taken to do what you're doing everywhere else in that design: use an icon with a word next to it.

"More ..."

Or "Menu" followed by the hamburger icon.

Alternatively, use a down arrow. That one has worked for years, and is still seeing heavy use across (web based) applications.


Why don't you use a small drop-down arrow here? This icon is ok, but seems that some dialog box/window will be opened by clicking this. Yes you are right, this icon is used to display More options.

  • The down-pointing triangle is also used for "Expand" command. – dnbrv Feb 19 '15 at 6:41

Dots, in this form, are communicative of either loading, or progression. As suggested above, a drop arrow would work well. Perhaps, consider an angled arrow as this also hints at the path new content will appear in.

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