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Windows Navigation Window Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014728D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20

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This publication describes a special window that enables easy navigation in windows. Navigating through windows requires a significant amount of movement of the mouse. For example, scrolling requires pointing to the bottom right and top right of a window, horizontal movement requires pointing to the bottom left and right, closing or window reduction top right, etc. The target areas are also small and difficult to hit with any speed of the mouse. Couple this with hitting targets on the window body itself requires a lot of unnecessary movement. A Windows Navigation Window simplifies and reduces the excessive movement by providing a single target area for control of frequently used windows functions. By clicking both buttons on a mouse (or any other unique sequence of button depressions) will bring up a single, small window at the current location that the mouse pointer resides, i.e., no movement of the pointer would be required to access this window. The Navigation Window will contain all of the navigation controls for the main window that one is working with (See Figure #1). The targets in the Navigation Window will be large and close together such that navigation becomes significantly easier than all over the screen to perform the same functions. Switching between main window screens will also be possible in a sequential manner (forward or backward). Clicking both mouse buttons or clicking on the "X" field of this Navigation Window will close the window and the pointer will be in basically the same area as before this operation was initiated. The Navigation Window can contain many functions (user configurable) including drop down menus for frequently used operations or commands. In set-up mode for defining what is included in the Navigation Window the mouse pointer could point to the desired function (say scroll up) then drag the pointer to the navigation window and placed at any unique location within that window. Figure #1 Previous Window Next Window