I have an application from which you can run different step by step wizards. It has a Cancel button at the top, which allows the user to quit the current wizard.

I have a dialog that appears on tapping Cancel to confirm that the user really wants to Cancel the current wizard and lose their changes.

On a dialog like this there is a negative and positive action and usually the negative action is worded Cancel.

E.g. A log out dialog would be - Are you sure you want to log out? [Cancel, Log out] where Cancel closes the dialog and doesn't log out.

However, the issue for me is my positive action is actually Cancel. I need an option that closes the dialog and ignores the wizard Cancel and an option that confirms that the user actually wants to Cancel.

What wording should I use?

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    You should use a question like "Are you sure you want to Cancel and lose your changes?" [Yes] [No] and not have a button on the confirmation which is labelled Cancel at all. Commented Jul 3, 2015 at 15:39

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It's not recommendable to use the word Cancel in pop-up/alert boxes.
You could use another wording like close or quit. You have several good combinations for the buttons, here is just one (for example, you could change Cancel for "No, stay"):


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In the case you decide to use it, you have to be wordy. E.g:

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