Back to top

A link or button that allows a user to scroll smoothly back to the top of a webpage. Use sentence case (lowercase “t”).

back up (v), backup (n, adj)

One word or two, depending on use, but never hyphenated.

Examples:
To back up your data, choose File and then Backup.
The flash drive contains the latest backup file.

back-end

Hyphenate if needed for clarity when used as a modifier. Otherwise, two words.

Examples:
The back-end service may interact directly with the front-end app.
Find the HDMI port at the back end of the device.

backdated

One word, not hyphenated.

backorder

One word, not hyphenated.

bank

Use bank for references to banks in the U.S.

bank-level security

Use this phrase (written as shown) instead of phrases like “industry-leading technology” or “TLS encryption.”

based on

Don’t write “based upon.”

before

Use earlier to refer to prior versions of products, not before.

best selling (n.), best-selling (adj.)

Don’t write “bestselling” or “best selling software.”

bi words

Don’t hyphenate. Do this: biannual, biennial

bimonthly

Don’t use. Be specific: twice a month or every two months.

birth date

Two words as shown. Alternatively, you can use birthday.

biweekly

Don’t use. Be specific: twice a week or every two weeks.

boom

Nope. Definitely don’t use. That means we don’t write “boom!” either.

bottom left, bottom right

For accessibility reasons, we strongly discourage using location cues. If you must (try harder!), write these as shown. Don’t write bottom left corner or bottom right corner.

box 14

Yes, box 14 is an important thing for TurboTax users. Don’t write “Box 14.”

breach, breached

Don’t use. Use compromised instead.

bug

Don’t use bug. Instead, use issue or situation.

business name

Write business name, not company name.

busywork

One word. It’s the drudgery that QuickBooks eliminates for users.

button

Use sentence case in button text, keep word count to a minimum, and stick to verb phrases (action-oriented). Avoid punctuation. Be specific about what is going to happen when the user clicks. Never say “Click here.”