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US005568604A [ii] Patent Number: 5,568,604  Date of Patent: Oct. 22,1996
 METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR GENERATING A WORKING WINDOW IN A COMPUTER SYSTEM
 Inventor: Benjamin E. Hansen, Westminster, Colo.
 Assignee: U S West Technologies, Inc., Boulder, Colo.
 Appl. No.: 294,268
 Filed: Aug. 23, 1994
Related U.S. Application Data
 Continuation-in-part of Ser. No. 999,489, Dec. 31, 1992, abandoned.
 Int. CI.6 G06F3/14
 U.S. CI 395/161; 395/155
 Field of Search 395/155-161
 References Cited
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Primary Examiner—Mark R. Powell
Assistant Examiner—Ba Huynh
Attorney, Agent, or Firm—Brooks & Kushman
A method and system for generating a working window on a video monitor in a computer system is provided. The method comprises the steps of determining if a user has performed a first predetermined input stroke along at least a portion of the touch-sensitive screen. Upon determining that the user has drawn the predetermined input stroke, a plurality of icons are displayed. A user selects one of the plurality of icons via a second predetermined input stroke and a working window is scrolled onto the video monitor. A computer program that corresponds to the selected icon is then executed in the working window. The user can remove the working window from the screen by touching the touch-sensitive screen and performing a third predetermined input stroke.
13 Claims, 5 Drawing Sheets