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Instant Column Customization

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110316D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 80K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Miller, PC: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Currently, there is no method for a user to instantly customize window columns while in an application. There are times when a user would like to change the column order, color, size, type of icons and delete columns. The user may even want to change date and time formats or text in the columns. The user would often like to customize for individual windows instead of all the windows in the application.

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Instant Column Customization

       Currently, there is no method for a user to instantly
customize window columns while in an application.  There are times
when a user would like to change the column order, color, size, type
of icons and delete columns.  The user may even want to change date
and time formats or text in the columns.  The user would often like
to customize for individual windows instead of all the windows in the
application.

      This article describes an interface that allows the user to
make instantaneous modifications to window columns while in an
application.  The unique feature of this column customization is that
the user can customize while using each individual window in the
system instead of going to a special and separate tool that only
allows options to be changed for all columns in the application.
Another unique feature of this column customization is the custom
text option available for discrete values displayed in columns.

      Using this unique interface, the user may use mouse button two
to customize the window columns in the following ways:
1.   Mouse button two click on a column heading will make the column
heading text editable.
2.   Mouse button two drag will allow the column heading of the
window to be dragged to the shredder, thus removing the entire column
from the window.  The column heading may also be dragged to a new
position in the columns.  Dropping the column heading in front of
another column heading will reorder the columns so that the one
dropped precedes the other.  As a visual guide to indicate where the
column is being dropped, a vertical bar is displayed to the user.
3.   Mouse button two click on the column heading not only makes the
column heading text editable, but...