System and methods for improved spreadsheet interface with user-familiar objects

  • US 5,416,895 A
  • Filed: 04/08/1992
  • Issued: 05/16/1995
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/08/1992
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. In an electronic spreadsheet system for storing and manipulating information, a method of representing and using a three-dimensional spreadsheet on a screen display, the method comprising:

  • (a) displaying on said screen display a first spreadsheet page from a plurality of spreadsheet pages, each of said spreadsheet pages comprising an array of information cells arranged in row and column format, at least some of said information cells storing user-supplied information and formulas operative on said user-supplied information, each of said information cells being uniquely identified by a row, a column, and a spreadsheet page where the cell is located;

    (b) while displaying said first spreadsheet page, displaying a row of spreadsheet page identifiers along one side of said first spreadsheet page, each said spreadsheet page identifier being displayed as an image of a notebook tab on said screen display and indicating a single respective spreadsheet page; and

    (c) designating a three-dimensional block of cells in said three-dimensional spreadsheet by the steps of;

    i) using an input device to designate a two-dimensional block of cells on said first spreadsheet page; and

    ii) designating a selected one of said notebook tabs to designate a second spreadsheet page, and extend said two-dimensional block to a three-dimensional block of cells

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