Much-Larger-Than-Display Dynamic Desktops with Overview and Super-Maximize Capability
Original Publication Date: 2004-Sep-21
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Sep-21
Currently, the user's desktop space is usually restricted by the capabilities of the user's video card and/or display device. Some displays (such as many LCD displays) support setting a higher resolution than the display supports, thereby allowing the user the use of a larger desktop. However, since the display cannot show the entirety of the desktop all at once, the LCD screen becomes a "window" for viewing the desktop, with the desktop perpetually having portions lying off-screen. The problems in using this type of display are several. First, the video card is still rendering the entire desktop at once, though the display is only repositioning itself within the screen buffer. As such, the size of the user's desktop is still restricted by the capabilities of the video card, even if no longer restrained by the user's display. Second, the user is inconvenienced to use the current solution because the user has to search for items off-screen, rather than having everything within view at once. Disclosed herein is a windowing and navigation system that allows for an arbitrarily large desktop area that is independent of video capabilities, dynamically sized without user intervention and also deploys mechanisms to remain highly usable, minimizing the need to hunt for off-screen items.