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Multiple Item On-line Clipboard

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109072D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-23
Document File: 1 page(s) / 45K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Najjar, LJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

When personal computer users want to copy or move an item, such as text or an image, from a file, the computer user utilizes a clipboard function. The clipboard function allows the user to copy or move one item into the clipboard, then paste the item from the clipboard into a file. If the user copies or moves a second item into the clipboard, then the clipboard automatically erases the previous item in the clipboard. The problem is that the clipboard allows the computer user to copy or move only one item at a time.

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Multiple Item On-line Clipboard

       When personal computer users want to copy or move an
item, such as text or an image, from a file, the computer user
utilizes a clipboard function.  The clipboard function allows the
user to copy or move one item into the clipboard, then paste the item
from the clipboard into a file.  If the user copies or moves a second
item into the clipboard, then the clipboard automatically erases the
previous item in the clipboard.  The problem is that the clipboard
allows the computer user to copy or move only one item at a time.

      This article describes the user interface for a software
function that allows a user to copy or move more than one item into a
clipboard.  Since this new clipboard holds more than one item, users
can paste more than one item at a time into a file.  This function
saves user time and increases user satisfaction.

      The user interface for the Multiple Item On-line Clipboard is
designed to be consistent with the user interface for the typical
single item clipboard.  As a result, the Multiple Item On-line
Clipboard is easy for computer users to learn and operate.

      Using IBM's Presentation Manager* Common User Access*
guidelines as a sample environment, the following steps describe how
the user operates the Multiple Item On-line Clipboard.
      1.   The user opens a window and marks the first item to be
copied or moved.
      2.   The user selects the "Edit" action bar menu...