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Graphical Icon Locking

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106084D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 44K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cahill Jr, RB: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

While one of the attractive features of OS/2* is the ability the user has to extensively customize their desktop, there are instances when you would like to lock the position of objects/icons on the desktop. For instance, in the case where multiple users share the same workstation (i.e., a secretary owns a machine that other users have access to for backup purposes, a classroom machine, or a graphics artists' workstation that other artists sometime need to borrow) it may be preferable for the desktop to maintain the same look and feel for the "owner" of the machine while still allowing others to use it.

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Graphical Icon Locking

      While one of the attractive features of OS/2* is the ability
the user has to extensively customize their desktop, there are
instances when you would like to lock the position of objects/icons
on the desktop.  For instance, in the case where multiple users share
the same workstation (i.e., a secretary owns a machine that other
users have access to for backup purposes, a classroom machine, or a
graphics artists' workstation that other artists sometime need to
borrow) it may be preferable for the desktop to maintain the same
look and feel for the "owner" of the machine while still allowing
others to use it.

      Create an option that would enable the workstation owner to
lock the position of icons on the desktop both globally and
individually.  An icon lock option could be added to the desktop or
system pull-down menu for any GUI operating system to lock or unlock
the position of all icons on the desktop.  Additionally an option
could be added to each or any object's menu to lock or unlock the
position of icons on an individual basis.

      When the owner of the workstation locks the icon position at
either the desktop level or the object level, the object would then
be locked until the unlock option is chosen and the correct password
is entered (in operating systems where there is a global system
lockup, there default password would be automatically be set to that
same character set to keep password maintenance to a minimum).

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