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28 +42/-14 votes

Lack of feedback cursor for window resizing

Submitted by briand on August 13, 2008 to Annoyance, Usability

When resizing a window, you must position your mouse over the resize thumb and hope that you are in the correct position when you click. If you are outside the thumb you will switch the active window (and possibly active app), if you are too far inside, nothing will happen. In either case you mutter, reposition and try again.

Most OS GUIs provide a feedback cursor change to indicate you are positioned over the resize thumb. Even OS X provides this for resizing columns (position the cursor over the left/right window divide in Finder), but not for windows.

Provide cursor feedback when over the thumb, as is already done for window columns. The open hand/grabbing hand would work nicely.



Not fixed

Discussion (4 comments)

polycat33 wrote on August 13, 2008, 3:29am

I agree, but think it should be a similar curser as the one for changing column sizes, except at an angle.

briand wrote on August 13, 2008, 4:42am

It really ought to be for correctness, but the hand already exists in the system, so it wouldn't require adding a new cursor.

sethml wrote on August 14, 2008, 12:30am

There are a gazillion other UI elements which could potentially have special cursors - perhaps a hand for window title bars, a trash can for window close box, etc. But they don't, because it would make the pointer appear to change randomly as it moves around - unneeded clutter.

keihin wrote on August 14, 2008, 3:26pm

cursor changes could be subject to a slight delay. this would reduce or eliminate the issue of it flashing through various states as you moused around. once over the target for some number of milliseconds, the target-specific cursor could be shown.

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