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Method to show the information of shortcut keys as demand

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000241358D
Publication Date: 2015-Apr-21
Document File: 7 page(s) / 271K

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Abstract

This invention provides a way to display help information of shortcut keys as demand. The information of the shortcut keys will be shown only when the shortcut key is available in current situation. It can be adopted to all the software programs, and it can helps user to get the information of shortcut keys, and to be more clear about which shortcuts keys are available in current situation when using a software program.

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Method to show the information of shortcut keys as demand

Shortcut keys help to provide an easier and usuallyquicker method of navigating and using computer software programs. In some complex software programs, many shortcut keys are provided, and some software programs can show the information of all the shortcut keys to help the users to be familiar with the shortcut keys.

While it is not so helpful to the users to display all, as in different situations in the same software program, different shortcut keys are available. It is useless to display the information of all the shortcut keys as only some of the shortcut keys are available in a certain situation.

For example, in a software, shortcut keys Ctrl+A, Ctrl+B, Ctrl+C, Ctrl+D.Ctrl+E are provided. When in the situation of Edit

Edit

mode, only Ctrl+A, Ctrl+B,Ctrl+C are available. And in the situation of View

View

                                                         mode only Ctrl+C,Ctrl+E are available. Current software program will show the information of all the shortcut keys Ctrl+A, Ctrl+B, Ctrl+C, Ctrl+D, Ctrl+E, no matter in the Edit situation or in the View situation.

This invention provides a way to display help information of shortcut keys as demand. The information of the shortcut keys will be shown only when the shortcut key is available in current situation.

This invention can be adopted to all the software programs, and it can helps user to get the information of shortcut keys, and to be more clear about which shortcuts keys are available in current situation when using a software program.

The following is how this invention works:

Shortcut keys are designed for software program. When a user runs a software program, navigates to a certain panel, and then press Ctrl key. The software program will automatically check which shortcut keys can be used in current situation, and then displays information of the available shortcut keys in the screen to help the user identifies the shortcut keys.

For example, in software A, shortcut keys Ctrl+A, Ctrl+B, Ctrl+C, Ctrl+D.Ctrl+E are provided. When in the situation of Edit

Edit

mode, only Ctrl+A, Ctrl+B,Ctrl+C are available. And in the situation of View

View

                                                          mode only Ctrl+C,Ctrl+E are available. The following 2 Pic are examples to show the information of shortcut keys as demand.

Pic

Pic

11: Editmode, only the information of Ctrl+A, Ctrl+B,Ctrl+C are shown in the screen.

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Pic

Pic

22: Viewmode, only the information of Ctrl+C,Ctrl+E are shown in the screen.

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To implement this invention, the software program should provide a interface that can get the list of the available shortcut

GetAvailableShortcut(
(SITUATION)

Example for available shortcut keys list table for each sit...