Patent Number: 7,765,492

Title: System for consolidated associated buttons into easily accessible groups

Abstract: A system for consolidating associated buttons on a screen into easily accessible groups includes: a control button and at least one other button that appears when the control button is selected, where the at least one other button is contiguous with the control button. A user can quickly and conveniently select buttons. Furthermore, a significant amount of on-screen real estate is saved because the buttons used are small and square rather than long and rectangular. Further, the configuration of nested menus is such that it takes up little space on the screen. In addition, the menu is ergonomic because the buttons are contiguous, and as such selections can be made without the mouse pointer needing to move very far across the screen.

Inventors: Pagan; William G. (Durham, NC)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

International Classification: G06F 3/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 7/27/12018