Icons and Text

When to Use

Combining icons and text can be used to identify data and actions in a user interface. Examples include toolbar actions, file and folder displays in a file manager, application listings, and notifications. The layout should be consistent.

How to Use

Alignment of text and icons.

  • Where icons are shown with text, use the layout guidelines above.


  • For 16x16px icons and smaller, the 8px margins may be reduced to 4px.
  • Where icons are shown without text, always provide tooltip text and alternate text for accessibility.
  • If Secondary Text is normally present, but is empty in a particular instance, align the Primary Text to the vertical center.