In Google's Material Design, do the guidelines prefer buttons without icons next to text? On http://www.google.com/design/spec/components/buttons.html no such examples can be found. Is it written somewhere why?

(I know the floating action button or paper icon button have icons; I'm talking about text buttons.)

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    Are you asking why there aren't buttons with both icon and text together? If so, I assume they consider it redundant.
    – DA01
    Commented Jan 18, 2015 at 0:58

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According to the developer pages (http://developer.android.com/design/building-blocks/buttons.html):

Both an icon and text is most appropriate when they complement each other: each carrying its own bit of information, but together making a larger whole.

This may be the contributing factor in the design guide where no such example is present

  • Updating, the quoted excerpt is not part of the material design guidelines anymore.
    – Dinei
    Commented Sep 12, 2016 at 0:47

I might be late to this. But in Material Design website it does have a sample of it.

In most cases I think text only or icon only are sufficient to describe what it does. I came across a scenario where the button text describes the item that user is selecting and button icon describes what happens when the button is clicked. It seems more 'instructive' to me. But I may be wrong.

The following examples are from Material Design website.

Use icons that clearly communicate their meaning.

Don’t vertically align an icon and text in the center of a contained button.

Don’t use two icons in the same button.

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    I have updated my answer. Thanks for pointing it out. :)
    – Ryan Teh
    Commented Sep 23, 2019 at 15:46

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