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Queued Mouse Pointer Functions

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110930D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 29K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Blades, JA: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Queueing functions on a mouse pointer is described, allowing the user to swap or rotate through the queue of functions by a simple action such as a right click.

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Queued Mouse Pointer Functions

      Queueing functions on a mouse pointer is described, allowing
the user to swap or rotate through the queue of functions by a simple
action such as a right click.

      In many GUI interfaces, the user must select the mouse function
from some area of the screen (for example, selecting a pull-down menu
from a menu bar and then selecting an option from the pull-down
menu).  After this, the user can then go somewhere else on the screen
to use the selected function.  If another function is desired, the
user repeats the process.

      A more efficient mechanism could be to allow the user to select
frequently used functions to queue on the mouse pointer itself.  The
user could then select the mouse pointer function wanted by either
right clicking through the queue of available functions or by pulling
up a mouse pointer queued function selection window via a simple
action like right clicking.  The user would not have to go to any
menu section of the screen to change functionality of the mouse
pointer, making many tasks easier and faster.

      An alternate implementation would have the operating system or
application monitor the user and automatically place the most used
functions in the queued mouse pointer function list.