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Visual, Interactive Clipboard Function

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109692D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-24
Document File: 2 page(s) / 45K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Anderson, LM: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a technique to create a visual, interactive clipboard. Referring to the figure the clipboard is represented on the desktop as an icon resembling a clipboard (1a). Cut and Copy actions can be accomplished through direct manipulation of the mini-icons on the clipboard icon. The user simply highlights or marks the desired area and then clicks on the Cut or Copy mini-icons (1b or 1c, respectively).

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Visual, Interactive Clipboard Function

       Disclosed is a technique to create a visual, interactive
clipboard.  Referring to the figure the clipboard is represented on
the desktop as an icon resembling a clipboard (1a).  Cut and Copy
actions can be accomplished through direct manipulation of the
mini-icons on the clipboard icon.  The user simply highlights or
marks the desired area and then clicks on the Cut or Copy mini-icons
(1b or 1c, respectively).

      When an object is cut or copied to the clipboard, it is
visually added to the clipboard.  Its original shape is preserved on
the clipboard icon to aid the user in remembering what has been saved
(see 1d).

      Double-clicking on the icon allows the user to look at the
object before deciding to paste it.  The system will open a window
showing the object full-size.  To paste the object, the user can
simply pick up the object, using drag and drop techniques, and place
it in the new position.