Patent Number: 7,825,897

Title: Pen-based interface for a notepad computer

Abstract: A notepad computer with a page display region displaying a page of a document on which a user can write using a pen or stylus type writing tool is provided. Associated with the page is an interface that can be used with the pen. The interface includes a core task tool region adjacent to the page where tool icons are partially visible until the pen is brought near one of the icons. The tool icon becomes fully visible when the pen is within the region of the icon. The tool when activated can pop-up a radial pop-up menu located at an edge of the document where all the menu choices are located in a semi-circle away from the edge so that the users hand while holding the pen and making a selection does not block the choices.

Inventors: Keely, Jr.; Leroy Bertrand (Portola Valley, CA), Young; Douglas Alan (Mountain View, CA), Palay; Andrew James (Mountain View, CA)

Assignee: Microsoft Corporation

International Classification: G06F 3/033 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2019-11-02 0:00:00