User interface elements


The functionality noted in this article is currently available in both the stand-alone Dynamics 365 Human Resources and the merged Finance infrastructure. Navigation might be different than noted while we make updates. If you need to find a specific page, you can use Search.

This article describes the user interface (UI) elements used in the app. Before users can navigate the interface, it's important to know the names and functions of the elements that make up the interface.


  • Action Pane - The bar beneath the navigation bar. Here, you can select tabs to change records shown in the page. You can edit and save the records here.
  • FactBox - You can see information and follow the activities of certain records in this pane.
  • FactBox pane Here, you can scroll through different aspects of a record to view in the FactBox.
  • Filter pane - On some pages, you can select Show filters to open this pane. It allows you to narrow the results visible to you on the page.
  • Navigation bar - The bar at the top of the interface. It contains the Dynamics 365 portal, Search, company picker, Action center, Settings, Help & Support, and the user profile.
  • Navigation list - On some pages, you can scroll through this pane to find a specific record. When selected, the details of the record will appear in the page.
  • Navigation pane - The left-most pane. From here, you can find any page in the product.
  • Page - The central focus of the interface. Selections made on the other UI components will affect what records are shown here.
  • Pane - The right-most pane. This will open in some cases when aspects of a record need to be changed and saved.
  • Tab - When referring to the Action Pane, it's a menu of options that appears when you select a given option in the Action Pane.

The following image shows the placement of these elements on the interface.

Tabs, fields, and sections

A tab is a selection made on the page that opens a different aspect of a record on the same page. Often, it will allow you to change certain fields, or UI elements that allow typed input.

A FastTab is a tab with the added benefit of allowing multiple tabs to be visible at the same. You can expand a FastTab by selecting the downward-pointing arrow on the right end of it.

The following image shows an example of tabs and FastTabs.

A section is similar to a tab. The word "section" is often used to describe any area of a page that organizes a specific category of information. In the following image, Summary, Orders and favorites, and Links are all examples of sections.

The following image shows an example of tabs and a section.

Dialog boxes and drop-down menus

A dialog box is a pane that opens when certain selections are made to change or create a record. Dialog boxes contain fields that allow you to enter typed input. Sometimes, a given field will allow you to select a downward facing arrow that opens a list of options to choose from. This is called a drop-down menu. In the following image, the Type and Customer group fields contain the option to open a drop-down menu.

The following image shows an example of a dialog box.

In some cases, a dialog box will open near a given button when you select it. This is called a drop-down dialog box. In the following image, the As of date button was selected, which opened a drop-down dialog box.

The following image shows an example of a drop-down dialog box.


Certain changes to the objects you oversee will appear as notifications. Notifications may notify you when a specific customer's information has been changed, or it may alert you when the system can't accept inputs you've added in certain fields. You can learn how to customize what you receive notifications about in the Alerts overview.

Notifications appear in a variety of ways.

  • Feature callout - This will appear next to a field, tab, or other button to offer an explanation of what the feature is used for.
  • Action center - A box that contains the notification will appear next to the Action center button on the navigation bar. You can see details about the notification by selecting Action center.
  • Message bar - This will appear beneath the Action Pane.

The following image shows examples of these types of notifications.

The following image shows examples of notifications.

  • Message box - This will appear over the interface and must be interacted with before you can continue to use the product.

The following image shows an example of a message box.

Toolbars, grids, and lists

A toolbar contains tools, such as the ability to add fields or remove records. Sometimes, a toolbar will appear on the page above a grid. This area, grid, is a name given to rows of records with various columns of data. Not all grids have toolbars above them.

A list is the name given to a collection of records that you can scroll through. You can bring these records into the page by selecting them. Often, this will open a grid.

The following image shows examples of toolbars, grids, and lists.