(12) United States Patent ao) Patent No.: Us 7,237,186 B2
Androski et al. (45) Date of Patent: Jun. 26,2007
(73) Assignee: Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, WA (US)
( * ) Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this patent is extended or adjusted under 35 U.S.C. 154(b) by 363 days.
(21) Appl. No.: 10/286,275
(22) Filed: Oct. 31, 2002
(65) Prior Publication Data
US 2003/0051209 Al Mar. 13, 2003
Related U.S. Application Data
(62) Division of application No. 09/223,864, filed on Dec. 31, 1998, now Pat. No. 6,549,878.
(51) Int. CI.
(52) U.S. CI 715/503; 715/769; 715/856;
(58) Field of Classification Search 715/501.1,
715/513, 503-504, 509-510, 769, 780, 856, 715/859-863; 345/156-160, 163-167 See application file for complete search history.
(56) References Cited
U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS
A user can click on a spreadsheet cell to enter edit mode and alter the contents of the cell. Edit mode can be exited through a click and drag maneuver. The click and drag maneuver not only exits edit mode, but also selects a range of cells. The click and drag is performed by depressing a mouse button while the mouse indicator is positioned Over the edit cell, moving the mouse while holding the mouse button depressed, and releasing the mouse button when the end of the desired range of cells is reached. The range of selected cells starts with the edit cell and continues to the cell over which the mouse indicator was positioned when the mouse button was released.
11 Claims, 8 Drawing Sheets