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Managing Desktop Frames

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000174963D
Original Publication Date: 2008-Sep-29
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2008-Sep-29
Document File: 3 page(s) / 74K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is software to manage desktop frames. More specifically, the disclosed software determines which desktop frame owns a given window. Existing software allows operators to split their desktop into various sized sections or frames. Frames are often used as an organizational tool. For example, if an operator were to maximize a window owned by a particular frame, the window will enlarge to cover only that frame. Since the window presentation is bounded by the frame, key and/or mouse sequences are used to determine which frame should present and own the window. The disclosed software offers a more user friendly alternative to cumbersome sequences.

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Managing Desktop Frames

Disclosed is software to manage desktop frames. More specifically, the disclosed software determines which desktop frame owns a given window. Existing software allows operators to split their desktop into various sized sections or frames. Frames are often used as an organizational tool. For example, if an operator were to maximize a window owned by a particular frame, the window will enlarge to cover only that frame. Since the window presentation is bounded by the frame, key and/or mouse sequences are used to determine which frame should present and own the window. The disclosed software offers a more user friendly alternative to cumbersome sequences.

The disclosed software enables the operator to use and/or create rules that define the window element or elements that will determine which frame owns the window.

Examples:

Rule #1: At the top right of a window are three windows controls: close, maximize, and minimize. This rule states whichever frame has the highest percentage of the "red x close" icon inside its borders owns the window. If frame A has 49% of the icon and frame B has 51%, frame B owns the window. In the result of a tie, where each frame owns 50%, ownership remains with the previous owning frame or a default frame.

Rule #2: Similar to rule #1, but instead of "red x close" icon, this rule uses the entire window title bar. Th...