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Enhanced Window sizing

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000030208D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Aug-02
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Aug-02
Document File: 4 page(s) / 87K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Enhanced window sizing. Proposed is a method to size an application window in a more simple and intuitive way than the ususal available implementations offer. The application window will directly include buttons in order to enlarge or reduce the size.

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Enhanced Window sizing

Enhanced window sizing. Disclosed is a method to resize an application window to better fit the user needs, in a simple, intuitive, immediate and usable way.

Currently, if it is needed to re-size a window, the user can point the window border by moving the mouse and when the pointer changes in a "double arrow", the window can be enlarged or reduced by moving the mouse, having the left button pushed. This can be done separately on each side and on the corner of the window. An example is shown in Figure 1.

Fig. 1

The proposed method adds a sliding cursor on each window side, so that moving it or pushing the associated arrows, accordingly changes the window size. An example of implementation is shown in Figure 2. The cursor can also be differently located on the window.

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Fig. 2

Moreover, when moving the cursor a popup window could display the actual window size and modify its content while the cursor is moved to reflect the actual size. This could help to reach a certain size. Also a context menu, shown by right clicking the mouse button while on the sliding cursor, could help to define all the default options used when the enhanced window sizing is used. An example is shown in Figure 3.

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Size Options Menu

Size by steps Size continuous Mantain shape Show size box Size units Min-Max size Left positio...