Patent Number: 6,683,627

Title: Scroll box controls

Abstract: A method and implementing computer system are provided in which a user is able to customize pointer movements on a display screen corresponding to physical mouse movements. In an exemplary embodiment, a menu is presented on a display screen to allow a user to select and customize sensitivity settings for mouse movements. Further controls are selectively implemented to limit pointer movement along predetermined axes. Another feature enables a user to define screen areas surrounding function buttons or hyperlinks such that a user-controlled pointer movement in proximity to any sensitized area will automatically highlight the closest hyperlink or function for subsequent selection and/or actuation by the user. Another user selection enables a user to select various features regarding scroll boxes presented on a display screen within a browser program. The scroll box controls enable a user to define the size of scroll boxes as well as pointer interaction with regard to displayed scroll boxes.

Inventors: Ullmann; Cristi Nesbitt (Austin, TX), Ullmann; Lorin Evan (Austin, TX)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

International Classification: G06F 3/033 (20060101); G09G 005/00 ()

Expiration Date: 01/27/2021