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Method for Quick Access to Window Related Functionality

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000202434D
Original Publication Date: 2010-Dec-15
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2010-Dec-15
Document File: 1 page(s) / 74K

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Siemens

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Abstract

Windows Applications with a graphical user interface (GUI) usually run as a process with one main window, the so called top-level window, and several child windows included in the main window. The title bar of the main window normally contains three icons to close the application and to maximize or minimize the main window (Figure 1). Some useful window-related functions are not easily accessible, for example performing a screenshot of the entire window, capturing single objects or regions within the window. In addition it should be possible to simply record user actions and change the transparency of a particular window. Additional software is able to perform the mentioned functions. There is software available which focuses on capturing objects within windows, as well as software focusing on recording user actions, and software providing other window-related capabilities.

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Method for Quick Access to Window Related Functionality

Idea: Bernd Steiner, DE-Nuremberg

Windows Applications with a graphical user interface (GUI) usually run as a process with one main window, the so called top-level window, and several child windows included in the main window. The title bar of the main window normally contains three icons to close the application and to maximize or minimize the main window (Figure 1). Some useful window-related functions are not easily accessible, for example performing a screenshot of the entire window, capturing single objects or regions within the window. In addition it should be possible to simply record user actions and change the transparency of a particular window.

Additional software is able to perform the mentioned functions. There is software available which focuses on capturing objects within windows, as well as software focusing on recording user actions, and software providing other window-related capabilities.

A novel method for quick access to window-related functionality is presented in the following, which proposes additional icons on the windows title bar. These icons are configurable to access to the respective functions. Furthermore, the amount of icons to be displayed can be limited. If their number exceeds this threshold, a so called expand icon is displayed, as depicted in Figure 2. By cl...