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File Open Dialog Box Enhancement: Parent Directory Pushbutton Control

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104093D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-18
Document File: 2 page(s) / 72K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Barrett, G: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Described is a method which reduces user interaction (i.e. mouse movement and scroll bar manipulation), enriches the File Open dialog box, and allows the user to quickly change directories (back to the parent directory), using a simple dialog box control.

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File Open Dialog Box Enhancement:  Parent Directory Pushbutton Control

      Described is a method which reduces user interaction (i.e.
mouse movement and scroll bar manipulation), enriches the File Open
dialog box, and allows the user to quickly change directories (back
to the parent directory), using a simple dialog box control.

      In a window based graphical user interface for an operating
system, the File Open dialog box is one of the most common dialog
boxes a user will encounter.  In order to supply a file
specification, the user must select a drive, directory, and file name
in order for the filename to be fully qualified.  Whether two list
boxes are used to list the valid disk drives and directories, or one
list box is used to list both, a user will scroll through the list
box(es) in search of the correct drive and directory entries.

      Every directory, except for the root, contains the ".." (the
double period).  The ".." is short for the parent directory, and is
usually listed first when querying the contents (files and
subdirectories) of a directory.  Frequently, a drive and/or directory
will contain many subdirectories.  Furthermore, after a user has
scrolled through an entire list of subdirectories and determines that
the required file cannot be found, the user must scroll back up the
list box in search of the "..", in order to back out of the directory
tree structure.  This creates a burden on the user because time is
spent controlling mouse cursor movement, manipulating a scroll bar
control, and then selecting the correct list box entry.  F...