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Recent Access Stack Method withing Title Bar Retrieval Mechanism

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111769D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 47K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Williams, ML: AUTHOR

Abstract

Within typical graphical user interface (GUI) implementations, when the user minimizes a window by clicking on the minimize icon, there is no way for the user to know in advance where, on the underlying desktop, the minimized window icon will be located. GUIs commonly allow users to collapse or minimize a window by clicking on the minimize button, normally located at the far right of the window title bar. After minimizing it, the user at some later point will usually want to open the window back up to continue working. At this point, the user might be required to search through a cluttered electronic desktop looking for the icon, which could be located anywhere on the workplace surface. This wastes the user's time and leads to frustration with the interface.

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Recent Access Stack Method withing Title Bar Retrieval Mechanism

      Within typical graphical user interface (GUI) implementations,
when the user minimizes a window by clicking on the minimize icon,
there is no way for the user to know in advance where, on the
underlying desktop, the minimized window icon will be located.  GUIs
commonly allow users to collapse or minimize a window by clicking on
the minimize button, normally located at the far right of the window
title bar.  After minimizing it, the user at some later point will
usually want to open the window back up to continue working.  At this
point, the user might be required to search through a cluttered
electronic desktop looking for the icon, which could be located
anywhere on the workplace surface.  This wastes the user's time and
leads to frustration with the interface.  Users desire methods by
which a recently minimized icon can be located rapidly and restored
to its active status.

      Provided is an enhancement to the usual function of the title
bar.  In addition to the title bar conveying the title of the object
upon an object being minimized, a miniature image can be conveyed in
the title bar of its parent container.  An activation event of the
icon within the title bar can restore the icon to its open status.
Thus, the title bar will contain an image of the most recently
minimized icon.  Double clicking the image from the title bar not
only causes the icon to be restored, but the image wi...