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Method for Cycling Windows

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106227D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 41K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Glowacki, JR: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A method for automatically rotating and displaying each window on the desktop is disclosed. User initiated actions will start, stop, reverse, and slow down the rotating cycle of the windows.

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Method for Cycling Windows

      A method for automatically rotating and displaying each window
on the desktop is disclosed.  User initiated actions will start,
stop, reverse, and slow down the rotating cycle of the windows.

      Most window systems allow the user to move and minimize the
windows on the desktop.  The method disclosed here is one that will
automatically rotate and display each of these windows (similar to
flipping through a file folder).

      An icon was developed, as shown enlarged in the figure, to
enable the user to control the actions of the method disclosed.
Specifically, the left pushbutton initiates a clockwise rotation
while the right pushbutton initiates a counter clockwise rotation.
The windows are automatically rotated after the configured amount of
time has elapsed.  When the pushbutton is released, the rotation
stops and the currently displayed window becomes active.

The user configuration parameters include:

o     The number of seconds to display a window before rotating to
    the next window.

o     If minimized icons should be displayed in the rotation, and if
    so, should they be opened to their last windowed size or just
    have the icon come to the foreground.

o     If windows that are not fully viewable on the display should be
    displayed fully (a configurable window size) or if the portion
    that can be shown on the display should come to the foreground.
following the above algorithm,...