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Icon-Arrange Grouping

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105000D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 31K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cahill Jr, RB: AUTHOR

Abstract

Many times users would like to "arrange" a number of icons on their desktop (or in a folder) within a certain "area", but the Arrange function of the OS/2* GUI operating system only supports icon auto-arrangement starting at the top-left corner of the container of icons.

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Icon-Arrange Grouping

      Many times users would like to "arrange" a number of icons on
their desktop (or in a folder) within a certain "area", but the
Arrange function of the OS/2* GUI operating system only supports icon
auto-arrangement starting at the top-left corner of the container of
icons.

      A new function should be made available to users of GUI
operating systems.  An example of the function would be an added
feature of the arrange function.  The arrange function should offer
the user the choice to auto-arrange or to choose an area (by creating
a box using the mouse) to arrange the icons.  As an example, if the
user wanted to arrange all his/her icons in the bottom half of their
desktop on the right side of their screen, they could mark that area
with a box and then have the icons automatically arranged in that
area.  If the user chose an area that was too small, the system
should warn them that the area chosen is not large enough and icons
may overlap other objects.  If the area is larger than necessary, the
system should simply space out (proportionally) the icons within that
area.  p.  This invention gives users the flexibility and the power
to arrange icons in a chosen location area with the arrange function.
This would eliminate the need to drag-and-drop each icon within the
users target area if the area is not the top left of the window or
desktop.

*  Trademark of IBM Corp.