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Shortcut Menu for Graphical User Interfaces

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015387D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Apr-26
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a user-interface control that will facilitate the learning of and use of a product's shortcut keys. It will display, at the user's demand, all the shortcut keys for a product, reducing the need for users to search menu by menu for shortcut keys, and increasing the efficiency of the user's work. Most software programs are moving from a text-based interface to a graphical user interface (e.g., with menus, toolbars, etc.) which often rely heavily on point-and-click operations with the mouse. There are still many users however (especially data-entry users) for whom strictly using the keyboard is more efficient than using the keyboard and mouse. Because many text-based interfaces did not have graphical drop-down menus, they often included a list of commands and the corresponding function keys to help the user (see Fig. 1). Figure 1. Shortcut keys in a text-based interface.