I am writing a program. There are some buttons that will be used to control a distant device (i.e. : Reset).

I cannot create a single label for each button. Hence, I am looking for a generic word, a verb, to write on every button.
That verb has to tell the user something like "pressing that button will do something on the distant device" (the thing is written on the side of the button, pressing it will activate the action).
I want it to make aware the user that an action is going to happen.

Note that these actions take a few milliseconds to achieve.

I am currently using "Run", but it is not fine. Something like "Execute", "GO" or "Activate" is more accurate, but still not what I want. "Achieve" is even closer. "Perform" is pretty much it, but I would like some more opinions / suggestions.

  • How about initiate?
    – Schwale
    Apr 27, 2016 at 18:39
  • I am going to think about it. I think it sounds like the action is going to take a long time, doesn't it? I forgot to mention that most of these actions will only take a few milliseconds.
    – DRz
    Apr 27, 2016 at 18:42
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    I don't think this is off-topic here, but you may get better results in the User Experience SE.
    – Era
    Apr 27, 2016 at 20:22
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    A minor correction: software is a non-count noun. You can write software or write a program, but you can't write a software.
    – stangdon
    Apr 27, 2016 at 20:51
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    @Adam - That's depressing. I wonder if the management goes to the furniture store to buy "a furniture" too.
    – stangdon
    Apr 28, 2016 at 16:40

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I think Run Command might work. And you could accompany it with a tooltip saying something like Send a command to the device.


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