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Method for Displaying Spatially Displaced Rows And Columns of a Spreadsheet Adjacent to Each Other

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000060643D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Machart, BH: AUTHOR

Abstract

A method is described which permits the operator of an interactive data processing system to remove selected rows and/or columns of a spreadsheet that is being displayed and move the remaining rows and columns together. The method allows spatially displaced rows or columns to be viewed on one screen, even though they may be displaced a distance greater than the width or height capacity of the screen.

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Method for Displaying Spatially Displaced Rows And Columns of a Spreadsheet Adjacent to Each Other

A method is described which permits the operator of an interactive data processing system to remove selected rows and/or columns of a spreadsheet that is being displayed and move the remaining rows and columns together. The method allows spatially displaced rows or columns to be viewed on one screen, even though they may be displaced a distance greater than the width or height capacity of the screen.

The non-displayed rows and columns are merely hidden from the view of the operator. The data in the hidden cells is not affected so that these cells function normally.

The method is implemented by displaying a "pop-down" on the screen which allows the operator to select the "HIDE" option. After selecting the "HIDE" option, the operator then selects those rows and columns that are to be hidden or not displayed. This can be done by selecting displayed icons, pointing, or any suitable mechanism known in the art. Subsequently the operator selects the "DO" or "EXECUTE~ function from the "pop-down" which causes the spreadsheet to be displayed with all non-hidden rows and columns moved together.

A restore option is provided on the "pop-down" which, if selected, returns the spreadsheet to its original state.

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