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Multi-Pointer Mouse

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113765D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 46K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Blades, JA: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Controlling multiple pointers with a single mouse/(pointer device), with a method for creating additional pointers and an easy mechanism to switch between pointers is disclosed.

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Multi-Pointer Mouse

      Controlling multiple pointers with a single mouse/(pointer
device), with a method for creating additional pointers and an easy
mechanism to switch between pointers is disclosed.

      The user can leave a pointer or pointer tag at a desired
location by doing a simple operation such as a middle click or a
right click.  The operating system would spawn a new pointer.  The
user would then be free to perform other functions or go to other
locations.

      If the user wants to go back to a previous pointer or pointer
tag, he could do so by a simple action such as a middle or right
click.  If there is only one other pointer, the user is automatically
taken to the window where he left the original pointer.

      For example, this would allow users to do very fast cut and
paste work.  The user could copy several non-contiguous sections of
text to the current pointer location.  He would spawn a new pointer
and leave to find the desired sections.  As he finds sections, he
could copy the section to the cut/paste buffer, and right click to be
returned to the paste area (could involve automatic scrolling), paste
the section, right click to be returned to his search pointer, and
resume looking for the next desired section.

      NOTE: the user does not have to remember where he was in either
the paste or search locations; nor does he have to do any scrolling
or window manipulation.

      New functions could be created using thi...