Action list

Action lists render a list of actions or selectable options. This component is usually placed inside a popover container to create a dropdown menu or to let merchants select from a list of options.


Use for the least important actions so merchants aren’t distracted by secondary tasks. Can also be used for a set of actions that won’t fit in the available screen space.

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Defines a specific role attribute for each action in the list
Collection of actions for list
Callback when any item is clicked or keypressed
Collection of sectioned action items


Items in an action list are organized as list items (<li>) in an unordered list (<ul>) and are conveyed as a group of related elements to assistive technology users. Each item is implemented as a button.

Keyboard support

  • Give the action list items keyboard focus with the tab key (or shift + tab when tabbing backwards)
  • Activate buttons with the enter/return key or the space key

High contrast support

  • Each item is clearly discernible in high contrast mode
  • Each item that is focused and hovered is clearly discernible in high contrast mode

Best practices

Actions lists should:

  • Be used for secondary or less important information and actions since they’re hidden until merchants expose them by opening a popover
  • Contain actions that are related to each other

Content guidelines

Action lists

Each item in an action list should be clear and predictable. Merchants should be able to anticipate what will happen when they click on an action item.

  • Buy shipping label

  • Buy

Each item in an action list should always lead with a strong verb that encourages action. To provide enough context use the {verb}+{noun} format unless the action is clear with a single verb.

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  • File name changes

  • HTML editing options

Each item in an action list should be scannable avoiding unnecessary words and articles such as the, an, or a.

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  • Add a menu item