Version 6.1.0


Dividers bring clarity to a layout by grouping and dividing content in close proximity. They can also be used to establish rhythm and hierarchy.


Illustration of small, medium, and large dividers.


The small divider is the default size. This is used to divide similar components such as table rows, action button groups, and components within a panel.

The medium divider is used for dividing subsections on a page, or to separate different groupings of components such as panels, rails, etc.

The large divider should only be used for page titles or section titles.

Illustration of both horizontal and vertical dividers


By default, dividers are horizontal and should be used for separating content vertically. The vertical divider is used to separate content horizontally.

Table of options#

From the design point of view, each component has a number of options. These options and their names are platform agnostic, and each implementation should adapt these to fit into their framework.

PropertyValuesDefault Value
small / medium / large
horizontal / vertical

Usage guidelines#

Place a divider below a header#

Dividers (medium or large) can be used in combination with a header text to create a section or a page title. In such cases, place the divider below the header.

Key example of correct usage of the section title divider.
Key example of incorrect usage of the section title divider.

Don’t overuse dividers#

Dividers lose their value when overused. Use them sparingly to avoid creating unnecessary noise.

Key example of incorrect and over-used dividers on a page.


Aug 13, 20196.1.0
  • Added orientation (“horizontal/vertical”)
Jun 13, 20196.0.0
  • "Rule" has been renamed to "divider"
Apr 20, 20195.0.0
  • This component is now individually versioned (individual versions of existing components start at 5.0.0)

Design checklist#


All interactive states

Includes all interactive states that are applicable (hover, down, focus, keyboard focus, disabled).

Multiple options

Includes relevant options (variant, style, size, orientation, optional iconography, decorations, selection, error state, etc.)

All color themes

Works properly across all four color themes (lightest, light, dark, darkest).

All platform scales

Includes a desktop scale (UWP, macOS, web desktop) and a mobile scale (iOS, Android, web mobile).


Defined behaviors

Includes guidelines for layout (wrapping, truncation, overflow), animation, interactions, etc.

Usage guidelines

Includes a list of dos and don’ts that highlight best practices and common mistakes.


Accessible contrast

Follows WCAG 2.0 standards for contrast (AA).


Internationalization guidelines

Works properly across various locales and includes guidelines for bi-directionality (RTL).


Keyboard interactions

Follows WCAG 2.0 standards for keyboard accessibility guidelines and includes a description of the keyboard interactions.

Design tokens

All design attributes (color, typography, layout, animation, etc.) are included in Spectrum DNA.

Generated UI kit

Includes a downloadable XD file that has been generated by code and shows multiple variations, states, color themes, and scales.

In Spectrum for Adobe XD plugin

Component is included in the Spectrum for Adobe XD plugin.