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Drag Minimize Function for Graphical User Interfaces

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110112D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 1 page(s) / 36K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Fitzpatrick, GP: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

In typical graphical user interface (GUI) implementations, when the user minimizes a window by clicking on the Minimize icon, there is no way for the user to know in advance where on the underlying desktop the minimized window icon will be located.

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Drag Minimize Function for Graphical User Interfaces

       In typical graphical user interface (GUI)
implementations, when the user minimizes a window by clicking on the
Minimize icon, there is no way for the user to know in advance where
on the underlying desktop the minimized window icon will be located.

      GUIs commonly allow users to collapse or minimize a window by
clicking on the minimize button, normally located at the far right of
the window title bar.  After minimizing it, the user at some later
point will usually want to open the window back up to continue
working.  At this point, the user might be required to search through
a messy electronic desktop looking for the icon, which could be
located anywhere on the workplace surface.  This wastes the user's
time and leads to frustration with the interface.

      Described is an enhancement to the usual function of the
minimize button.  In addition to a single click on the icon, causing
the window to minimize somewhere on the desktop, this article
proposes giving the user the ability to DRAG the minimize button from
the window title bar, and drop it anywhere on the desktop.  Release
of the mouse manipulation button would cause the window to minimize,
and the icon to be located where it was dropped, at the bottom of the
Z-order, on the desktop.  Then, when the user later wishes to restore
the window, he or she will know exactly where it was dropped,
facilitating the process.

      The benef...