A Feature for Easily Resizing and/or Repositioning Newly Opened Windows
Original Publication Date: 2005-Oct-25
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-25
When a new window opens, users frequently need to resize the window to meet the needs of the window content. To do so, they must locate the lower right corner of the window (after it opens), move their mouse cursor to the affordance located there, click the left mouse button and hold it while they drag the window to the the desired size. If the user discovers that they need a much larger window, and the upper left corner of the window is not close to the upper left corner of the screen, then the user must release the resizing affordance, move to the title bar to move the window to where a larger size is possible (i.e., further into the upper left corner of the screen), and then re-acquire the lower right corner of the window to continue their resizing effort. This annoying process is repeated countless times during the day, and is entirely unnecessary. This disclosure will present a feature for resizing and/or repositioning a new window with minimal focus or effort.
A Feature for Easily Resizing and /or Repositioning Newly Opened Windows
In this invention, when a new window is opened, the size defaults to a user setting, but the size is not fixed until a user clicks and releases the left mouse button; the window opens in a 're-sizing' mode, with the cursor automatically positioned at the lower right corner of the window. Any drag of the mouse (no button is depressed), roughly along an axis running from upper left to lower right, makes the window larger or smaller, until a click of the left mouse button ends the 're-sizing' mode. Double-clicking the left mouse button will maximize the window. While in 're-sizing' mode, if the right mouse is depressed and held, the user can reposition the window (i.e., the window will 'follow' the cursor), until the right mouse button is released. The user can then ccontinue to resize the window, until the resizing mode is ended (via left mouse click).
In this invention, when a new window is opened, until the left mouse button is clicked and released, the interface is in an 'active window resizing' mode, and any movement of the mouse (with no key depressed) or clicking of the arrow keys, will re-size the window. Sometimes, the movement of the mouse to re-size a window to a larger size would ordinarily enlarge the lower right corner of the window out of view; in this case, the upper left corner automatically repositions to keep the lower right corner in view.
For example, a user has set their default window size to 500 x 700. They open an MS Word file by double-clicking on the file in Windows Explorer. When the window opens, the user swipes their mouse down and to the right, using the same movement as they would if they'd 'grabbed' the lower right-hand corner of the wi...