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Original Publication Date: 1990-Oct-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-05

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal


When operating a reprographic machine or other system having a user interface suitable for interaction via a pointing device such as a mouse, the purpose of the user interface is to facilitate the use of the machine or system. In addition, current user interface technology enables the display of on-screen or pop-up windows on the user interface, whereby the windows may be used to select or program a specific function within the machine. For example, the above figure illustrates a portion of a user interface display, 10, having such a pop-up window, 12 and a pointing cursor 16 which is responsive to the movement of a mouse (not shown). It is generally known that upon completing any programming required within window 12, the user would move cursor 16 over close button 14 and depresses the left or select mouse button to close the window. However, in certain situations selection of the close button may require extensive movement of the mouse to cause the cursor to traverse the screen and reach the close button. Accordingly, the present invention utilizes an unused mouse button to signal the system to close the window in the same fashion as the generally known method of moving the mouse and clicking it over the close button. Moreover, the right mouse button may be used for such a feature as it is non-functional within many user interface systems. In addition, to eliminate inadvertent closures of the windows, a double-click may be required to initiate the closing of the window. Use of the right mouse button for closing a programming window would enhance the user's ability to rapidly program the functions desired by decreasing the movement required to close the programming windows.