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Method for Customizing the Appearance of a Spreadsheet

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000061193D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 57K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Machart, BH: AUTHOR

Abstract

A method is described which permits the operator of an interactive data processing system to customize the appearance of a spreadsheet. The method permits the operator to customize the appearance of each individual cell or the appearance of a table consisting of a predetermined number of rows and columns in the spreadsheet. The method is implemented by providing the operator with a menu or "pop-down" type of display on which various options are listed. These format options define an area of selectable visual treatments similar to the following: (Image Omitted) The figure illustrates a section of a spreadsheet in which Tables A and B and C each have a different border, and the respective cells in each table have different highlighting. Table A has a thin border, and the cells are highlighted with an underscore.

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Method for Customizing the Appearance of a Spreadsheet

A method is described which permits the operator of an interactive data processing system to customize the appearance of a spreadsheet. The method permits the operator to customize the appearance of each individual cell or the appearance of a table consisting of a predetermined number of rows and columns in the spreadsheet. The method is implemented by providing the operator with a menu or "pop-down" type of display on which various options are listed. These format options define an area of selectable visual treatments similar to the following:

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The figure illustrates a section of a spreadsheet in which Tables A and B and C each have a different border, and the respective cells in each table have different highlighting. Table A has a thin border, and the cells are highlighted with an underscore. Table B has a star border and a dot cell highlighting, while Table C has no border, and a box highlighting of each cell. Table B is centered between the margins, while Tables A and C are at the left margin.

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