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Pull Down Menu System with Privileged Sub-menus

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000108079D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 2 page(s) / 45K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hidaka, K: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a system that provides a way of selecting a sub-menu item directly with a mouse. In pull-down menu systems, a sub-menu item is selected after selecting one item in the main menu. In this invention, the sub-menu item that was selected most recently is privileged and is shown by the main-menu item that includes it. Therefore, a user can select this sub-menu item directly the next time he or she needs it, without selecting from the main menu.

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Pull Down Menu System with Privileged Sub-menus

       Disclosed is a system that provides a way of selecting a
sub-menu item directly with a mouse. In pull-down menu systems, a
sub-menu item is selected after selecting one item in the main menu.
In this invention, the sub-menu item that was selected most recently
is privileged and is shown by the main-menu item that includes it.
Therefore, a user can select this sub-menu item directly the next
time he or she needs it, without selecting from the main menu.

      In existing pull-down menu systems, a user can never select a
sub-menu item directly with a mouse, even if the item is used
frequently. The sub-menu is always selected after selecting the main
menu by dragging the mouse or clicking it twice. Some pull-down menu
systems provide a function (called a "short-cut key") for selecting a
sub-menu directly by using the keyboard. But, with a mouse, a
sub-menu can never be selected directly.

      If a sub-menu "Sub 1-3" of a main menu "MAIN 1" is selected
(see Fig. 1), this sub-menu appears just below the main menu that
includes it after the pull-down menu of "MAIN 1" has disappeared from
the display (see Fig. 2). Therefore, the user can select this
sub-menu (Sub 1-3) directly the next time he or she needs it, without
selecting from "MAIN 1".