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What is the correct translation of the "Go" button in German?

On Stackoverflow there's a picture of that button.

My question is general. In English it is possible to write go in different circumstances like when I perform an action or when I am at the end of a wizard. Does such a word exist in German?

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    Is that a generic button or is it app-specific? If generic, it would be "enter" or (rarely) "los" – Emanuel Dec 2 '14 at 15:51
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    There is also the "Microsoft terminology database" which includes translations of "Go" like "OK", "Los" or "Start". – Uwe Keim Dec 2 '14 at 20:27
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    @UweKeim Great Link. You should make that an answer :) On the German soft keyboard in front of me its either Weiter (next) or Los (go) depending on the context. – Harald Dec 3 '14 at 15:05
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A simple translation for “go!” (that is independent of the individual action) is „los!“ as in

auf die Plätze, fertig, los!
(on your marks, get set, go!)

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    "Los!" is also rather short, so it might just fit into a "Go!" button without the need to resize it. – Uwe Keim Dec 2 '14 at 20:26
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    "Start" habe ich häufiger gesehen, aber "Los" trifft es auch sehr gut. – user unknown May 11 '15 at 12:05
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There is no universal translation of go.

Los is quite informal, so I’d be hesitant to use it in most contexts. Might be okay when entering a url.

If possible, use a description of the action that will be triggered. For example Suchen, Verarbeitung starten or Registrierung abschließen.

For the last step of a wizard, Microsoft uses Fertigstellen, for intermediate steps they use Weiter/Zurück.

For the on-screen keyboard from your example, you could use OK or an arrow pointing to the right.

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I'd translate

Go

to

Öffnen

or

Suchen

in German (I don't really understand the function of this specific Go Button).

  • I clarified the question – David Michael Gang Dec 2 '14 at 18:12
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    Well there isn't a general word in German (at least not to my knowledge). You can see that yourself by installing apps which use some sort of "Go"-Button and then just switch the language of your keyboard to German and see what happens. – vkvau Dec 2 '14 at 18:26

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