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Temporary Invisibility of Desktop Windows

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111237D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 33K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Haynes, TR: AUTHOR

Abstract

Users of Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) are sometimes faced with the confluence of a multiplicity of windows overlying the desktop. In such a situation, if the user wishes to access the desktop in an unobstructed fashion, there exists no way to easily clear the screen temporarily of the overlying windows.

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Temporary Invisibility of Desktop Windows

      Users of Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) are sometimes faced
with the confluence of a multiplicity of windows overlying the
desktop.  In such a situation, if the user wishes to access the
desktop in an unobstructed fashion, there exists no way to easily
clear the screen temporarily of the overlying windows.

      To overcome this limitation, a user today must either move each
window out of the way, or minimize each window in a serial fashion.

      This article introduces a special function which toggles
visibility of all windows on the desktop.  When the user turns the
function on, all windows disappear from view, in effect turning
invisible.  The user may then interact at leisure with the desktop
and its contained objects.  Any window the user opens in this mode is
visible, unless and until the user re-initiates the invisibility
function.  The user may easily toggle back to a state of window
visibility, reinstating the exact arrangement of windows as before.

      The preferred interaction technique is the addition of a menu
item to the desktop pop-up (context) menu.  When all windows are
visible, the item text is 'Invisible'.  When in the invisibility
mode, the text changes to 'Visible'.

This invention provides the following benefits:

o   Eases navigation and reduces work slowdown caused by 'messy
    windows'.

o   Extends functionality without sacrificing or impinging upon
    current i...