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Multi-function Windows Icon

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110443D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 1 page(s) / 35K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Maeker, B: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Described here is a multi-function icon that is used to represent an application program on a windowed desktop. The icon is divided into two or more areas, each of which represents a program mode. Each icon area is visually distinct to the user. The mouse can be positioned and double-clicked in any of these graphic areas. When the application is maximized, it comes up in the mode which corresponds to the graphic area that was double-clicked.

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Multi-function Windows Icon

      Described here is a multi-function icon that is used to
represent an application program on a windowed desktop.  The icon is
divided into two or more areas, each of which represents a program
mode.  Each icon area is visually distinct to the user.  The mouse
can be positioned and double-clicked in any of these graphic areas.
When the application is maximized, it comes up in the mode which
corresponds to the graphic area that was double-clicked.

      For example, a Calendar application may have a multi-function
icon that is divided into daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly areas.
The user can select a working mode by simply maximizing the
application accordingly:

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When the user double-clicks on the graphic W, the Calendar
application is maximized, and the weekly window is displayed.  The
user can then work with calendar appointments on a weekly basis.  The
function of the icon is similar with each of the other graphic areas.

      Disclosed anonymously.