VMware uses the following type style conventions in this document:


Use for names of interface elements, such as names of windows, dialog boxes, buttons, fields, tab names, key names, and menu paths (what the user specifically selects or clicks)


Use for full titles of publications referenced in text


Use for:

  • System output, such as an error message or script

  • System code

  • Pathnames, filenames, prompts, and syntax

  • Commands and options

                        Monospace italic

Use for variables.

                        Monospace bold

Use for user input.

[ ]

Square brackets enclose optional values


Vertical bar indicates alternate selections — the bar means “or”

{ }

Braces enclose content that the user must specify, such as x or y or z


Ellipses indicate nonessential information omitted from the example