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Fold-over feature for application windows

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000032352D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Nov-02
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Nov-02
Document File: 3 page(s) / 335K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Fold-over feature for open application windows

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Fold-over feature for application windows

Disclosed is a method to quickly resize application windows opened on a desktop. When multiple application windows are open on a desktop, the desktop screen area tends to run out of space and seeing what's behind the active window becomes difficult.

Currently,minimizing or resizing the application windows are the only ways to adjust window sizes. This idea allows a "fold-over" action to application windows which can cut the size in half, freeing up the covered desktop space.

Select a side of the open active window (top, bottom, left or right) then click and hold the left mouse button and fold-over the window in one swooping motion. The action is like closing a book cover or folding a piece of paper. The window can be folded either horizontally or vertically allowing the user to see what is behind it as well as creating more screen space. Once windows are folded, they become half their original size.

The folded windows are transparent therefore, windows folded in half reveal a different view of the content depending on how it is folded. For example, if the user folds a text document (Figure 1) from left to right, the window will now display the right half of the page (Figure 2). Equally, if a graphic is folded from top to bottom, the bottom part of the graphic will only be visible. Options such as scaling of content can be added to enhance what the user is viewing.

To expand (or open) the window back to it's original size,...