United States Patent  8,255,828 Harris ,   et al.  August 28, 2012 

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Command user interface for displaying selectable software functionality controls

Abstract An improved user interface is provided for displaying selectable software functionality controls and for presenting logical groupings of particular functionality controls associated with a selected top-level functionality. Underneath a row of top-level functionality tabs, functionalities controls associated with a given top-level functionality tab are presented in logical groupings. Selection of a particular tab switches modes of the user interface to present controls for functionalities associated with the selected tab.

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Inventors:  Harris; Jensen M. (Kirkland, WA), Butcher; Aaron M. (Duvall, WA), Morton; David A. (Redmond, WA), Satterfield; Jesse Clay (Seattle, WA), Denney; Justin (Seattle, WA)  Assignee: Microsoft Corporation (Redmond, WA)   Appl. No.:  10/955,967 Filed:  September 30, 2004