Repeat split button primary action?



  • Is it good or bad practice to repeat a split button's primary action? I've searched and didn't find anything definitive. I see it done both ways.



  • https://www.nngroup.com/articles/split-buttons/

    Nielsen/Norman group

    • A split button has a default action. Clicking "Insert" above performs a general "insert", but clicking on the split part opens a menu of related actions. The Zoom menu below is on a split button - clicking Stop Video performs the default action, and the split menu has several video-related actions.

    Zoom call - video split button menu

    • A non-split button just opens the menu. It doesn't perform an action when you click on it. That's why you might see the label twice.

    When should you use a split button? From the https://www.nngroup.com/articles/split-buttons/ linked above:

    Split buttons are for presenting several related tools if one option is used most frequently. Making the most commonly accessed option a default lowers the interaction cost to use that option since it removes the need to open the menu before selecting the item.


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