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Direct Access to Directories Using Path Pane

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000060081D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-08
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Greene, CS: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

By providing the user with an interface mechanism which includes a view of the current path to the directory which is open in a FILES window, ease of accessing directories and files is achieved. The user need not recall and type the necessary path, can simply recognize and select the necessary path.

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Direct Access to Directories Using Path Pane

By providing the user with an interface mechanism which includes a view of the current path to the directory which is open in a FILES window, ease of accessing directories and files is achieved. The user need not recall and type the necessary path, can simply recognize and select the necessary path.

The directory tree of a computer system can become quite large and confusing to the user. There are many paths that can be taken through the system, and it is not easy to remember the path name required to get to any given file in the system. Most operating systems require the user who is attempting to locate a director to enter the path name, if they can remember it, on a command line or parameter entry field.

The path pane, in the FILES window, provides a user interface mechanism that allows the user to see that portion of t directory tree that will most likely need to be accessed, and allows the user to access the desired directory, or directory path, by pointing to and selecting that directory from the path pane.

A path pane is defined in the FILES window which provides a one line view of the current path to the directory which is now open. The user can open any of the parent directories identified in the path pane by pointing to the directory and selecting it, followed by pointing and selecting OPEN on the command bar. The user may traverse downward in the directory, by pointing to any of the sub- directories seen in t...