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Method and System for Acceleration Based Mouse Gestures for Window Management

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000243720D
Publication Date: 2015-Oct-15
Document File: 3 page(s) / 59K

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Abstract

Disclosed are a method and system that track mouse acceleration/deceleration when moving a window to decide if an action should be performed against a window.

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Method and System for Acceleration Based Mouse Gestures for Window Management

The use of multiple monitors in a workspace is increasingly common, especially in the area of software development. Managing a number of windows across a large desktop space can be cumbersome. To be most productive, users need to be able to quickly arrange active windows when using multiple monitors. While some quick keys can help, most users manually manage multiple windows with the mouse.

One operating system has a "snap" feature that allows the user to drag a window to an edge and then resize to half the screen/full screen depending on the area. However, this feature requires hovering around the area where the snap is detected until the system recognizes it and makes a suggestion.

The novel contribution is a method and system that track mouse acceleration/deceleration when moving a window to decide if an action should be performed against a window. The system has created rules; if the conditions defined in the rule are met, then the system makes a corresponding window suggestion. Based on the rate of change in mouse movement, the system detects when to minimize windows, move windows to another screen, and suggest snap actions.

The user can define window regions as "Window Suggestions" and "Custom Regions". Custom regions can then be mapped to specific window suggestions, creating a rule for the custom region.

Figure: Custom region and window suggestion

General rules can be defined for acceleration outside of a custom region. Whe...