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Design for an Application Window Toolbox Menu

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104633D
Original Publication Date: 1993-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 80K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Shrader, TJL: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a design for an application Toolbox menu. This design provides a convenient way for the user to construct a pop-up menu that can be activated at any time by pressing the appropriate key and/or mouse button combination. This menu is customizable from an application window through the direct manipulation of action objects.

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Design for an Application Window Toolbox Menu

      Disclosed is a design for an application Toolbox menu.  This
design provides a convenient way for the user to construct a pop-up
menu that can be activated at any time by pressing the appropriate
key and/or mouse button combination.  This menu is customizable from
an application window through the direct manipulation of action
objects.

      Selections, such as those on a pull-down menu from an action
bar, are usually text that describe actions available to the user for
a particular application window.  They apply only to the application
window to which the menu selections belong.  Icons can also represent
actions.  In fact, icons can represent actions more intuitively,
since pictures transfer their meaning to users faster than text.
Another advantage of using icons instead of text for menu items is
that icons can be manipulated easily.  They act as a handle to the
selection.  Icons can be dragged and dropped from one window to
another.  Therefore, menu items with icons can be easily moved from
one menu to another menu.  This disclosure describes the Toolbox
menu, a user-defined pop-up menu, which a user can customize by
bringing items from other menus (pull-down, drop-down, and the like)
of an application window.

      The Toolbox menu will appear when the user presses the
appropriate key and/or mouse button combination within an application
window.  The menu is originally empty, and the user can move
selections to the Toolbox menu from other menus in the same
application window.  When an item is moved from other menus to the
Toolbox menu, the item is not removed from the original place; a copy
of the menu item is created in the Toolbox menu.  (Alternatively, an
application program can set up a default Toolbox menu.  The user can
always customize it as needed, since the user can add and delete menu
items from it.)  A Toolbox menu can exist within every application
window.  Selecting an item from the menu has the same effect as
selecting the same item in a regular menu.  For example, if selecting
an action from a pull-down menu initiated a database access, so too
would selectin...