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Minimized Window Visuals

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000108219D
Original Publication Date: 1992-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 3 page(s) / 245K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Redpath, SD: AUTHOR

Abstract

The function of a minimized window provides a different set of options including closing to an icon, closing completely or re-sizing manually. The function maintains the information in a smaller space, with all the options available to the user that are normally available on an open window.

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Minimized Window Visuals

       The function of a minimized window provides a different
set of options including closing to an icon, closing completely or
re-sizing manually.  The function maintains the information in a
smaller space, with all the options available to the user that are
normally available on an open window.

      The minimized window appears as a shortened version of the
titlebar (see 1 in Fig. 1).  There is a fixed size for a minimized
window 1, just as there is a fixed size for icons. This enables the
user to easily identify the object by the size.  An option is
available for the user to assign the fixed size for the minimized
window.  The minimized window 1 contains a menu button on the left
and the close and maximize buttons on the right.  These buttons
appear only when the cursor is moved to the minimized window (see
Figs. 2 and 3) when the environment has been optionally set to only
show the titlebar.  When the user wants to move the minimized window,
he must click on an area of the titlebar and drag the minimized
window.  Fig. 3 shows the full window with the associated titlebar
buttons for closing, minimizing, and maximizing the window.