In the IT field, the interface of a computer program displays a button that shows the user a list of options when clicked. What should be the verb used in the button's text? "View Option List" or "See Option List"?

Please, note that what I'm asking for is the difference of usage between these two particular words. I know I could use some other verb like "show" or "display", or just say "Option List" and whatnot. What I want to know is about word choice in this particular field for these two particular words: "view" and "see", which to me, seem to have the same meaning when referring to displaying an option list on a web page. I need to know what sounds more natural to a native, which one would be more expected to be seen, and what difference there is to prefer one over the other. Simple word choice.

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    This is more a UX question than English, but it would usually either just say 'options' or it wouldn't say anything at all & have something like gear menu ⚙︎, or burger, kebab or any of the myriad other menu types named after food. Commented Sep 14, 2023 at 11:35
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    Unnecessary verbiage is to be avoided in UIs. There's absolutely no need to include a verb at all, so don't bother. Perhaps at work your manager has his own office, with a sign saying "Manager" on the door. You wouldn't expect Meet Manager here, or Come in to see the Manager on that physical doorway, for the same reason you don't need a verb on the virtual onscreen doorway that leads to another part of your app's user interface. Commented Sep 14, 2023 at 12:00
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    What difference does the dictionary give, and what don't you like about that? In other words: please show some basic research and be more specific about your problem.
    – Joachim
    Commented Sep 14, 2023 at 16:03
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    See ux.stackexchange.com/questions/117058/… . In my experience most applications use "view" over "see" (both traditionally and due to reasons outlined in the answer), but I concur with the rest of the commenters that just "Options" is usually preferred for buttons. (It'd be a different story for eg. a checkbox that drives whether an option list is displayed or not). Commented Sep 18, 2023 at 10:02
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    @FumbleFingers That's why people employ UX / UI designers for their apps and websites, along with user testing. If you want to get it right and understood by all your potential users, let the experts do it. Commented Sep 22, 2023 at 12:46

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"View options" sounds better. This is simply because it is what is used most of the time. In another universe, it could have been "see options." I would drop the "list," personally, but this doesn't change the answer between "view" and "see."

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