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Two-Dimensional Drag and Drop Option

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116893D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 28K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Atkin, S: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method allowing the user of a computer system with a graphical interface to expand an intermediate object as an icon is dragged over it without having to release the icon to be dropped on the intermediate object.

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Two-Dimensional Drag and Drop Option

      Disclosed is a method allowing the user of a computer system
with a graphical interface to expand an intermediate object as an
icon is dragged over it without having to release the icon to be
dropped on the intermediate object.

      During the drag and drop process, the dragged object is
maintained as a dragged object by holding the right mouse button
depressed, and a special key, called, for example "+" or the left
mouse button, is struck to expand the intermediate object, revealing
files and folders folders contained in the intermediate object.  When
the user wishes to collapse the expanded intermediate object to its
former state, he depresses a reciprocal key, called, for example,
"-".

      This procedure allows a user to drag and drop an object without
pre-arranging the desktop into a configuration in which both the
source and target are visible at the same time.  That is, the target
can be made visible using this procedure.  Also, this feature can be
used to find his intended destination, going into and out of folders
while dragging an object.