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Adding an Icon Corresponding to a Menu Item

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116300D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 37K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Aaronkaply, M: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for adding an icon to a toolbar, so that the new icon corresponds to a menu item.

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Adding an Icon Corresponding to a Menu Item

      Disclosed is a method for adding an icon to a toolbar, so that
the new icon corresponds to a menu item.

      Fig. 1 shows a portion of a display screen including a menu 1
and a floating toolbar 2.  When the user wants to assign the meaning
of a menu item 3 to a new icon in toolbar 2, he clicks on the item 3
with cursor 4.  Next the menu item is dragged, as indicated by the
alternate cursor position 5, and dropped on toolbar 2.

      Fig. 2 shows the toolbar in an expanded form, including a new
icon 6 formed when the menu item selected in Fig. 1 is dropped on the
toolbar.  After this occurs, clicking on the new icon 6 has the same
effect as clicking on the menu item 3.

      An application developer can create an icon for every function
in the menu bars of an application, and a user can also update the
icons.

      This concept is also extended to implementations other than a
toolbar.  For example, in the OS/2* Workplace Shell*, the shutdown
option may be dragged from the desktop popup menu and dropped onto
the desktop itself, creating a Workplace Shell icon to perform the
action from the popup menu.
  *  Trademark of IBM Corp.