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Bumper Windows on PC, With Automatic re-sizing and partial overlapping

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000016075D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Aug-27
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 39K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This invention will allow windows to have at least some space on a desktop by moving other windows out of the way.

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Bumper Windows on PC, With Automatic re-sizing and partial overlapping

   This invention will allow windows to have at least some space on a desktop by moving other windows out of the way.

When one window is opened, and contains an application on which work is being performed, or is labeled a default window, a user may select another window (for example, a window called "applicationA") and drag that window adjacent to the default window. In doing this, the applicationA window does not overlap the default window, but collapses in size to the desktop space that is available. In this manner, the applicationA window is not hidden behind the default window, bur rather, borders of the applicationA window are visible, and the window is automatically resized such that the applicationA window does not move over top of the default window.

This can be done veriticaly, horizontally, and also both vertically and horizontally, with a window wrapping around a corner of the default window.

This would also allow text in the applicationA window to adjust to utilize window space that is available. (In a maner similar to HTML in web pages)

Other embodiments, might include:
1. A mechanism to allow other windows to stay on top of the default window when a user is working with the default window
2. Allow other windows to partially overlap the default window
3. Allow a mouse double click to change the default window
4. Allow levels of overlapping such that the default window has applicationA o...