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Roving Title Bar

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105482D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 62K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

When a user's electronic desktop becomes busy and cluttered with multiple icons and windows, the lack of available screen real estate makes it very difficult to navigate between various sessions and windows because some windows become hidden behind other windows. Current art allows the user to minimize a window into an icon, but the icon must be exploded into a window again when the user chooses to work with that application again. Current art also allows a window to be manually resized, but even then, as objects are added and deleted from that window, the window must be resized again and again, and the user must manually search the desktop for a good place to keep that window without hiding other windows.

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Roving Title Bar

      When a user's electronic desktop becomes busy and cluttered
with multiple icons and windows, the lack of available screen real
estate makes it very difficult to navigate between various sessions
and windows because some windows become hidden behind other windows.
Current art allows the user to minimize a window into an icon, but
the icon must be exploded into a window again when the user chooses
to work with that application again.  Current art also allows a
window to be manually resized, but even then, as objects are added
and deleted from that window, the window must be resized again and
again, and the user must manually search the desktop for a good place
to keep that window without hiding other windows.  Whenever the top
portion of a window is hidden, the user cannot determine to which
session or application that window belongs, because the title bar is
covered up.  The user needs a method of identifying windows even when
the title bar is covered up by other windows.

      This system provides a method by which the user can identify a
window on the desktop even when the title bar and list objects are
covered up by other windows.  Based on a system-wide setting, which
can be user-configured, whenever a window is partially covered up by
another window, this system causes the title bar of the hidden window
to move to another position on that window which is still visible to
the user.  For example, suppose window A is displayed on the desktop,
and it contains six objects with additional white space below the
objects.  Now suppose that window B is created by another
application, and it hides the title bar...