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Positioning a Graphical User Interface Window

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116568D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 31K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Slade, MD: AUTHOR

Abstract

Most current personal computer products provide Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) to display 'windows' on the screen with which the user interacts.

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Positioning a Graphical User Interface Window

      Most current personal computer products provide Graphical User
Interfaces (GUIs) to display 'windows' on the screen with which the
user interacts.

      Whenever a new window is first displayed on the user's screen,
the user will often want to move this Graphical User Interface window
to a different place on the screen.  When the user then releases the
left-hand mouse button the window is left in that position.

      The problem for the user is that when a new GUI window is
displayed on the screen, it is nearly always necessary to move the
mouse to the titlebar of the window and then drag the window to the
desired position.

      On some systems the 'logical' screen size is larger than the
'actual' screen size which means the new GUI window might even be
created out of sight of the user causing more time-wasting and
annoyance for the user.

      The problem can be simply and effectively overcome by creating
the GUI window on the screen in such a position that the titlebar is
automatically underneath the mouse pointer.  The user will then be
able to move the GUI window immediately if desired without having to
locate the GUI window first.  The current location of the mouse
pointer is readily established from data already in the system which
can be used to create the GUI window at such a position.