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Assisted Mouse Navigation Through Pull-Down Menus

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000032791D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Nov-12
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Nov-12

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed herein is an alternate operating method for pull-down menu visual components. Currently, it is often annoying for the user to use the pull-down menu GUI mechanism (particularly when using an imprecise input mechanism, such as a trackpoint) as it requires two separate visual "hunt-and-click" actions. First the user must hunt for the location of the correct pull-down, then the user must reposition the mouse (often times while avoiding floating the mouse over other visual components that are seeking "mouseover" events) through and over the entries therein to find their desired selection. Proposed herein is an alternative system and method to replace the current "hunt and click, then hunt and click again (while avoiding other components now)" with a less abrasive "hunt and click, then guide me easily" mechanism.