07895531 is referenced by 107 patents and cites 336 patents.

A floating command object is provided for offering a set of commonly or frequently used commands in close proximity to a selected text, data or other object in a document. When a given object is selected for editing, the floating object automatically displays near the object to allow easy selection of relevant commands such as formatting property commands. The object remains displayed to allow multiple command selections until it is closed by user action. If a mouse or touchpad pointer is moved away from the displayed object, the displayed object becomes increasingly translucent to visually deemphasize the relevance of the object to the new position of the pointer.

Title
Floating command object
Application Number
11/151686
Publication Number
7895531 (B2)
Application Date
June 13, 2005
Publication Date
February 22, 2011
Inventor
Mark A Ligameri
Austin
TX, US
Deepak Menon
Redmond
WA, US
Mark A Peters
Seattle
WA, US
Jensen M Harris
Kirkland
WA, US
Jesse Clay Satterfield
Seattle
WA, US
Roland Radtke
Seattle
WA, US
Agent
Merchant & Gould
Assignee
Microsoft Corporation
WA, US
IPC
G06F 3/048
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