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An improved user interface is provided for displaying selectable functionality controls that identifies the context of the object to which the user interface is relevant, which contains rich functionality controls for applying contextually relevant functionality to a selected object, and which may be efficiently switched to a different context for applying a different set of functionalities to a different or neighboring editable object. A context menu of functionalities is displayed adjacent to a selected object where the menu of functionalities includes functionalities associated with editing the selected object. The context menu includes an identification of the object context and a control for selectively changing the context and associated functionalities of the menu to a different object context for displaying a different set of functionalities associated with the different context.

Title
User interface for displaying selectable software functionality controls that are contextually relevant to a selected object
Application Number
10/955940
Publication Number
8117542 (B2)
Application Date
September 30, 2004
Publication Date
February 14, 2012
Inventor
Jesse Clay Satterfield
Seattle
WA, US
Catherine R Morrow
Seattle
WA, US
Jensen M Harris
Kirkland
WA, US
Aaron M Butcher
Duvall
WA, US
Roland Radtke
Seattle
WA, US
Agent
Merchant & Gould
Assignee
Microsoft Corporation
WA, US
IPC
G06F 3/048
G06F 3/00
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