Method and system for stacking toolbars in a computer display

  • US 5,644,737 A
  • Filed: 06/06/1995
  • Issued: 07/01/1997
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/06/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A method for providing access to a plurality of graphic objects on a computer display, comprising the steps of:

  • (a) organizing the plurality of graphic objects into a plurality of generally quadrilaterally shaped toolbars, each toolbar comprising a group of associated graphic objects organized in an array;

    (b) creating a stack with the plurality of toolbars on the computer display, so that any selected toolbar is fully visible and hides a substantial portion of any non-selected toolbar from among the plurality of toolbars;

    a graphic object in any selected toolbar that is fully visible to a user on the computer display being directly selectable by the user to activate said graphic object; and

    (c) enabling the user to choose any non-selected toolbar from among the plurality of toolbars of graphic objects, to make the non-selected toolbar that is thus chosen by the user become a selected toolbar that is fully visible to the user on the computer display, causing a previously selected toolbar to become a non-selected toolbar that is no longer fully visible, a substantial portion of the previously selected toolbar being substantially hidden by the toolbar just chosen by the user.

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