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Method for Centering a Graphical Window Within the Display Space

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015385D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Dec-06
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Document File: 1 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for providing a user with the ability to center a graphical window in a single, discrete operation, so that the window is positioned in the center of the display area without requiring the user to perform a continuous drag and drop operation that requires more finely tuned physical manipulation. Inherently, the single operation of centering described in this disclosure can be quickly and conveniently invoked by persons with limited manual dexterity. The window is one of the basic components of the graphical user interface, and as users work with multiple windows on the desktop, they often need to center the windows to provide for the most effective visual and manual access to the information and controls within the windows. This is typically done by clicking on the title bar of the window and then dragging the window to the approximate center of the display area. As an alternative, the user also has keyboard access to perform the operation, whereby he can enter move "mode" and position the window with the arrow keys. In this disclosure, a decoration is added to the title bar, as a preferred embodiment (depicted in Figure 1). When the user clicks the decoration, the window is automatically repositioned to the center of the display area. When the window is centered, the decoration changes to indicate that the window is centered (depicted in Figure 2). If the user clicks on the decoration when the window is in the centered position, the window is repositioned in its original position, thereby acting as a toggle. Figure 1. Title bar decoration indicating that the window has not been repositioned with the automatic centering function.

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Method for Centering a Graphical Window Within the Display Space

    Disclosed is a method for providing a user with the ability to center a graphical window in a single, discrete operation, so that the window is positioned in the center of the display area without requiring the user to perform a continuous drag and drop operation that requires more finely tuned physical manipulation. Inherently, the single operation of centering described in this disclosure can be quickly and conveniently invoked by persons with limited manual dexterity.

The window is one of the basic components of the graphical user interface, and as users work with multiple windows on the desktop, they often need to center the windows to provide for the most effective visual and manual access to the information and controls within the windows. This is typically done by clicking on the title bar of the window and then dragging the window to the approximate center of the display area. As an alternative, the user also has keyboard access to perform the operation, whereby he can enter move "mode" and position the window with the arrow keys.

In this disclosure, a decoration is added to the title bar, as a preferred embodiment (depicted in Figure 1). When the user clicks the decoration, the window is automatically repositioned to the center of the display area. When the window is centered, the decoration changes to indicate that the window is centered (depicted in Figure 2). If the user clicks on the de...