Use the switch if:
- You want to enable users to set something as active or inactive (for example, within a dialog).
- You need to clearly show the mode or state of a setting.
- The change takes immediate effect.
Do not use the switch if:
- The user has to choose several options or perform extra steps for changes to become effective.
- The setting requires a confirmation action or Submit button before it can take effect. In this case, use a checkbox instead.
- It’s not clear if the control is showing a state or an action. In this case, use a checkbox instead.
There are three switch types: basic, semantic, and with optional text.
Basic Switch (Default)
The basic switch changes something to active or inactive. This is the default switch.
The semantic switch changes something to ‘positive’ or ‘negative’. An icon is displayed automatically for each semantic state and cannot be changed.
Switch with Optional Text
Position the text next to the switch:
- Left of the switch in left-to-right writing systems
- Right of the switch in right-to-left writing systems
Switch containing text
Behavior and Interaction
The control supports mouse, touch, keyboard and screen reader interaction.
The user can switch between two states: active or inactive. The state is changed by moving the toggle from one side to another or by clicking on the empty side. The toggle then moves over.
Switches can have different states and markups, but are always ‘active’ or ‘inactive’. The control supports an enabled, hovered, and disabled state.
Enabled semantic switch
Hovered semantic switch
Disabled semantic switch
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