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Scrolling Toolbars

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000021179D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Dec-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Dec-31

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Often times there is not enough room within a window to display the entire length of a docked toolbar. The most useful way that this is currently over come is that a pull-down marker is added to the end of a truncated toolbar. This marker can be clicked and the remaining buttons on the toolbar will be revealed in a menu. This can be a pain if the buttons the user plans to use most are at the end of the toolbar. Further, the user has to move their mouse all the way over to the right side of the window to discover the hidden content. Proposed here are embodiments for more convenient mechanisms that would allow the user to discover and use the buttons that are at the end of the toolbar and do not fit within the window. By allowing toolbars that are larger than their host windows to have their contents scroll back and forth while the toolbar length remains constant, the visible content of the given toolbar can be navigated quickly and conveniently. Note that this differs from the toolbars in XP that have toolbars that slide in and out of place, causing their length to change.