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Icon Safe Zone

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110247D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 49K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cahill, LM: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a technique to provide an icon safe zone in graphical user interfaces such that the icons are protected from being covered by other windows. Current implementations allow windows to overlap and hide icons on the desktop, making direct manipulation and selection of the icons difficult. Users have to manually manipulate the opened windows (resize, move, minimize, maximize, or close) in order to find the hidden icons.

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Icon Safe Zone

       Disclosed is a technique to provide an icon safe zone in
graphical user interfaces such that the icons are protected from
being covered by other windows.  Current implementations allow
windows to overlap and hide icons on the desktop, making direct
manipulation and selection of the icons difficult.  Users have to
manually manipulate the opened windows (resize, move, minimize,
maximize, or close) in order to find the hidden icons.

      The Icon Safe Zone is visually differentiated from the rest of
the desktop through the use of shading.  The shape and position of
the zone is customizable by the user.  Two options are provided to
the user for determining the number of icons allowed in the safe
zone:
1.  A fixed number of icons is allowed in the safe zone.  Users
decide which icons they work with the most and place them in the safe
zone by dragging the icons into the shaded area.
2.  An unlimited number of icons are allowed in the safe zone, and
the zone increases in size automatically as the number of icons
increases.