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Method to Permit Hidden Windows in a Next-Window-Key Mechanism

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000040826D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kilpatrick, PJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

In some operating systems the user interface allows the user to create a very large number of windows. The user can access these either by (1) repeatedly pressing the next window key to cycle through a ring of windows or (2) activating the windows window to select a particular window by name. The effectiveness of the next window key is mitigated to some extent because (1) the system uses several windows itself and (2) typically some of the user-created windows will be "inactive." These factors result in an unnecessarily large ring of active windows and in the user being exposed to the system windows when they are not pertinent to his activity.

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Method to Permit Hidden Windows in a Next-Window-Key Mechanism

In some operating systems the user interface allows the user to create a very large number of windows. The user can access these either by (1) repeatedly pressing the next window key to cycle through a ring of windows or (2) activating the windows window to select a particular window by name. The effectiveness of the next window key is mitigated to some extent because (1) the system uses several windows itself and (2) typically some of the user-created windows will be "inactive." These factors result in an unnecessarily large ring of active windows and in the user being exposed to the system windows when they are not pertinent to his activity.

In accordance with the new method, hidden windows appear in the menu in the windows window, but they are not included in the ring of active windows. The user can "hide" or "un- hide" any window from the windows window. This gives the user complete control over which windows are accessed by the next window key.

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