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Mouse pointer positions outside screen

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015945D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Jun-16
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Some systems have pickable objects at the extreme edge of the screen. For example, the Windows task bar may be set to 'AutoHide'. In this mode it is effectively hidden (saving screen real estate) until the mouse moves to the edge of the screen at which it is parked. At that time, the task bar opens. The problem with this arrangement is that it is all too easy to overshoot and pick the 'border' object by mistake when trying to select an intended target object near the edge of the screen. This problem becomes worse when either/or (a) selection of the border object causes the overwriting on screen of the intended target object, (b) the border object may be selected by pure mouse movement, without the need for a selection 'click'.