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Direct Access to the Command Bar From a Window Disclosure Number: IPCOM000039171D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01

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Greene, CS Kilpatrick, PJ Waters, FC [+details]


A method is described to allow the user to move from the window directly to the command bar with a single keystroke, without side effects. In the same system, a key is defined to move the text cursor from one pane to the next (including the command bar). In this way, the user can select an object, use this key to move the text cursor to the command bar, and select a command. There were two major problems with this method. One, the user would have to move through each of the panes between the active (current) pane and the command bar. This would mean more keystrokes. Two, as the user moved from one pane to the next, the contents of the command bar would change, and no longer reflect the commands that the user had initially seen after selecting the object.