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Text Display during Drag and Drop Operations

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113693D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 67K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Andrew, CA: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is the display of test on the display screen of a Personal Computer (PC) adjacent to an icon or group of icons being moved in a drag and drop operation. The text indicates the action to be performed on the file(s) represented by the icon(s).

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Text Display during Drag and Drop Operations

      Disclosed is the display of test on the display screen of a
Personal Computer (PC) adjacent to an icon or group of icons being
moved in a drag and drop operation.  The text indicates the action to
be performed on the file(s) represented by the icon(s).

      In a graphical user interface, small pictures of real life
objects, called icons, are typically used to convey the meaning and
purpose of different programs and data with which the user can
interact.  A drag and drop operation is begun by the user as an icon
or group of icons is moved along the screen by first selecting the
icon(s) with the mouse, and by then moving the mouse to a desired
location with a button held depressed.

      As shown in Fig. 1, if an icon or group of icons is simply
moved in this way, the word "Move" is displayed adjacent to, and
moved along with, the icon(s).  This operation moves the file(s)
represented by a the icon(s) from one directory to another, with each
directory being represented by a folder.

      Additional buttons may be used to indicate different actions to
be performed on the file(s) represented by icon(s) being moved in a
drag and drop operation.  For example, an operation copying these
files to a new directory occurs with the user holds the CTRL key
depressed as the icons(s) are dragged to be dropped on the folder
representing the new file.  As shown in Fig. 2, the word "Copy" is
displayed and moved with the icons.

      As shown in Fig. 3, if the CTRL and SHIFT keys are held down
together during the drag and drop operati...