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Method for Forcing Change of a Window's Z-Order

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114191D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 67K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Burrows, TL: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

In a typical Graphical User Interface (GUI) environment, users often have several windows open at any one time. Less frequently used windows (such as address books, calendars, or emulator sessions) eventually migrate to the bottom of the Z-order as other windows surface or are moved on top of them. Users often keep strategic portions of the infrequently used windows visible to allow them to tell, for example, when they have mail or a meeting notice. They can then surface the window by selecting any portion of the window. However, there is currently no mechanism for moving the window back to the bottom of the Z-order.

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Method for Forcing Change of a Window's Z-Order

      In a typical Graphical User Interface (GUI) environment, users
often have several windows open at any one time.  Less frequently
used windows (such as address books, calendars, or emulator sessions)
eventually migrate to the bottom of the Z-order as other windows
surface or are moved on top of them.  Users often keep strategic
portions of the infrequently used windows visible to allow them to
tell, for example, when they have mail or a meeting notice.  They can
then surface the window by selecting any portion of the window.
However, there is currently no mechanism for moving the window back
to the bottom of the Z-order.  In order to get the desktop back to
its original configuration (before surfacing the window), the user
must manually select all the other windows from the tasklist in the
reverse order in which he/she wants them to appear on the desktop.

      This invention discloses a new method by which users can force
a window in a GUI to change it's Z-order (to move behind other
windows) by "pushing" on its title bar.

      When the user desires to "push" a window behind other windows
on the desktop, he/she would move the mouse pointer over the window's
title bar, and then depress and hold Mouse Button 1 (MB1).  If the
mouse button is held for longer than a few seconds, the window would
be automatically "pushed" to the bottom of the desktop.  The amount
of time the user holds down MB1 to invoke the push would be user
configurable through the Mouse-Settings page on the System Setup
window.

      Typically, the push would place the window behind all other
windows on the deskto...