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Hi Experts,

I'm writing a user-facing document that instructs the reader to click the icon below. Is there a standard name for it?

What is this icon called
Thanks,
Steve
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Hi Steve,
Looks like a "display" or "monitor" to me ("screen" would be acceptable, but I prefer the other two). Regards, Joe
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by:Dustin Saunders
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I agree, display or monitor.  If it's specifically for a mac you could go with "computer".  Searching for icons with those various titles all produce the same results (essentially).  One consideration would be what the other icons look like- really it just needs to be distinct enough to communicate the idea so if there's nothing else like it (say the others are a CD-ROM, and a power plug) then it's easy to understand the idea.

If there were another icon of an isometric computer though, for example, then you would want to use 'display' or 'screen' I think (as an example).
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I agree with Joe that this is generally the common iconography associated with display, monitor and/or screen.  However, it seems to me that it would make more sense if you describe it in correlation with the activity that it is associated with in the context of the application you are writing your technical documentation for.

So I ask, what action occurs when the user interacts with that icon?

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by:Stephen Kairys
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@Joe - Yeah, it does look like a screen or monitor!

@Dustin - It's for WIndows.

@it_saige:
The icon brings up a preview of some data. And yes, I do describe what it does. :), I just wanted some snappy terminology! :)

Thanks!
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by:it_saige
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So display is relevant.  ;)  As you are displaying a preview...  :D

-saige-
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE
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Are you committed to that icon? For a preview of data, how about an icon similar to what Excel 2016 uses in its Data menu? Maybe a table icon:

Database-Table-icon
Or a filter icon:

Data-Filled-Filter-icon
Regards, Joe
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by:Stephen Kairys
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@It_Saige - yes, display...preview...yeah, it's relevant!

@Joe - I am merely the lowly tech writer - not a developer - so that decision is out of my control. :)

Thanks.
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Thank you all.
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE
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As always, happy to help. Good luck with the user guide.
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by:Stephen Kairys
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Thanks, Joe. It's coming along nicely, the process being even more rewarding as I'm listening to Mozart while working! :)
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