Use an ellipsis (...) to:

  • Indicate deleted words or truncate text where there is limited space.
  • Convey action happening in the background (such as a waiting or loading state). 
  • Let users know in inline hint text in the product UI that the user is expected to input information.


Use to convey action happening in the background.

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Use in inline hint text.

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Keep in mind

Do not use an ellipsis to denote pauses. 

Make sure there’s no space between the last letter and the first period.

Don’t use an ellipsis in a call-to-action on a button to communicate that there’s a page or action beyond the button.

If you need to refer to the ellipsis UI element in technical documentation, use .