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Cut and paste using two pointers Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014353D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Jun-19
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19
Document File: 1 page(s) / 34K

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Today when using cut-and-paste, the user is able to cut a single selection. Some operating systems allow multiple clipboards to be used so the user can save several copy operations and paste each one back at a separate time. Management of the multiple clipboards can be non-intuitive at times.

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Cut and paste using two pointers

The operating system should enable two active pointers on the screen connected to separate pointer devices. Each pointer could be used to manage a single clipboard so that a copy operation would go to a clipboard associated with that pointer.

Assume the GUI has two mouse pointers on the screen hooked up to two separate input devices (ie. mouse). Call one the "left" mouse and the other the "right" mouse. If the user uses the left mouse to highlight an area, a copy operation will go to the "left" clipboard. Likewise the user could use the right mouse and copy to the "right" clipboard. The user could then use the appropriate mouse to paste the appropriate selection (either the left or right clipboard). Having the two active visual pointers makes it much easier and more intuitive to manage multiple clipboards increasing workflow.

Disclosed by International Business Machines Corporation