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Drag and Drop Via Keyboard

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105208D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 1 page(s) / 28K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Dykstra, DJ: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method whereby drag and drop can be accomplished via the keyboard. This can be done by using a combination of keyboard keys to "pick up" the object. The object would then be "attached" to the cursor, allowing the arrow keys to be used to move the object to the new position where it can be dropped in place. Two implementations are suggested:

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Drag and Drop Via Keyboard

     Disclosed is a method whereby drag and drop can be accomplished
via the keyboard.  This can be done by using a combination of
keyboard keys to "pick up" the object.  The object would then be
"attached" to the cursor, allowing the arrow keys to be used to
move the object to the new position where it can be dropped in
place.  Two implementations are suggested:

     1.  Cut/paste key method   (ctrl+x=cut; ctrl+v=paste)

         a.  tab to the desired object

         b.  press and release shift+ctrl+x to select the object

         c.  use arrow keys to move ("drag") the object to the new
             location

         d.  press and release shift+ctrl+v to drop the object where
             needed

     2.  Toggle method
     3.  tab to the desired object
     4.  press shift+ctrl
     5.  while holding shift+control down, use the arrow keys to move
         the object to the new location
     6.  release shift+ctrl to drop the object

           In many environments, alt+arrow key results in speedier
arrow movement.  This alt+arrow combination could be used in
conjunction with either of the above two methods to provide
enhanced object movement.

     Disclosed Anonymously.