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Automatic Window Management Mode

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109793D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-24
Document File: 2 page(s) / 60K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Schell, DJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a technique for software windowing systems to provide an automatic, intelligent window management mode to overcome difficulties users experience with excessive, overlapping windows.

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Automatic Window Management Mode

       Disclosed is a technique for software windowing systems
to provide an automatic, intelligent window management mode to
overcome difficulties users experience with excessive, overlapping
windows.

      Once the user chooses to enter this mode, all inactive windows
are automatically reduced to icons.  The icons are positioned
approximately where the full-sized windows were.  However, no icon is
positioned such that it is covered by the currently active window.

      Interaction with the system is by simple mouse movement and
positioning.  With the exception of an override key, there is no
requirement for keyboard or mouse button interaction.  To work with a
window other than the currently active window, the user moves the
mouse pointer out of the active window borders (automatically causing
the window to be minimized) and over the desired icon (automatically
causing that window to be restored).  The user can temporarily
override the automatic minimization by pressing a predefined key
before moving the mouse out of the window borders.

      The net result of the automatic actions is that the active
window (where the user is currently working) is the only window
displayed on the screen at any one time.  Users do not have to deal
the clutter of unused windows.  Windows that are inactive are
automatically reduced to icons, yet never covered by the active
window, and as a result are readily  accessible by simply m...