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JP2006211176A
JP2006211176A JP2005019195A JP2005019195A JP2006211176A JP 2006211176 A JP2006211176 A JP 2006211176A JP 2005019195 A JP2005019195 A JP 2005019195A JP 2005019195 A JP2005019195 A JP 2005019195A JP 2006211176 A JP2006211176 A JP 2006211176A
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The operability of an image forming apparatus is improved to improve the usability of the image forming apparatus.
When a display switching button 14 displayed on a display screen 11 is pressed, the divided screen 12 is switched from a state where the divided screen 12 is not divided to a state where the divided screen 12 is divided into four regions, and functions A to A are displayed in a first divided region 12a. A function selection button 13 for selecting I is displayed. Then, when the function selection button 13 for selecting the function A and the function selection button 13 for selecting the function E displayed in the first divided area 12a are pressed in order, the lower hierarchy of the function A is displayed in the second divided area 12b. A function selection button 13 for selecting the functions A-1 to A-7 is displayed, and then a function selection button 13 for selecting a function in a lower hierarchy of the function E is displayed in the third divided area 12c. Thereafter, when the function selection button 13 for selecting the function A-1 displayed in the second divided area 12b is pressed, a function selection button for selecting a function in the lower hierarchy of the function A-1 in the fourth divided area 12d. 13 is displayed.
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  The present invention relates to an image forming apparatus, and more particularly to an apparatus for displaying information contents of various functions for setting image forming conditions on a display screen.

  2. Description of the Related Art Conventionally, an image forming apparatus such as a copying machine, a printer, or a facsimile is known as an apparatus for printing an image on recording paper. In this image forming apparatus, a plurality of functions for setting image forming conditions are hierarchized and displayed on a display screen. Then, an image forming condition is set by selecting a plurality of functions corresponding to the information content displayed on the display screen.

  In such an image forming apparatus, by dividing the display screen into two or more areas, a screen and a lower hierarchy for displaying functions at a higher hierarchy among a plurality of functions for setting image formation conditions There has been proposed one that simultaneously displays a screen for displaying a function in (see Patent Document 1).

  In this image forming apparatus, the display screen is divided into a first divided display area and a second divided display area. When the image forming apparatus is turned on, a function selection operation main screen is displayed in the first divided display area, and a plurality of functions (for example, paper size, A high-order function selection button for selecting (magnification, density, output setting, etc.) is displayed for each function. In this state, when any one of the plurality of higher function selection buttons displayed on the function selection operation main screen is pressed, the function selection operation screen is displayed in the second divided display area, and this function selection operation screen is displayed. A lower function selection button for selecting a plurality of functions attached to the basic setting is displayed for each function.

For example, when the upper function selection button for selecting the “output setting” function among a plurality of functions related to the basic setting displayed on the function selection operation main screen is pressed, the function selection operator is displayed in the second divided display area. A screen is displayed. On this function selection operator screen, a plurality of functions such as “paper output tray” and “recording paper binding direction for post-processing” are selected as functions belonging to the lower layer of the “output setting” function. A lower function selection button is displayed for each function.
JP 2004-29350 A

  As described above, in the image forming apparatus, when one of the upper function selection buttons for selecting a plurality of functions related to the basic setting displayed on the function selection operation main screen is pressed, a plurality of functions related to the basic setting are selected. A lower function selection button for selecting a function belonging to any lower hierarchy is displayed on the function selection operator screen. That is, each time the upper function selection button for selecting a plurality of functions related to the basic setting displayed on the function selection operation main screen is pressed, the display of the function selection operator screen is switched.

  When two or more functions are selected from a plurality of functions related to basic settings and image forming conditions are set, first, a plurality of functions related to basic settings displayed on the function selection operation parent screen are selected. Press one of the upper function selection buttons to select. Then, a lower function selection button for selecting a function belonging to a lower hierarchy is displayed on the function selection operator screen for one function selected by the upper function selection button from a plurality of functions related to the basic setting. . Subsequently, one of the lower function selection buttons for selecting a plurality of functions displayed on the function selection operator screen is pressed.

  Next, among the upper function selection buttons for selecting a plurality of functions related to the basic setting displayed on the function selection operation main screen, the upper function selection button for selecting a function different from the already selected function is pressed. . Then, the display of the function selection operator screen is switched, and a lower function selection for selecting a function belonging to the lower hierarchy with respect to one function selected by the upper function selection button from a plurality of functions related to the basic setting. The button is displayed on the function selection operator screen. Subsequently, one of the lower function selection buttons for selecting a plurality of functions displayed on the function selection operator screen is pressed.

  As described above, when two or more functions are selected from a plurality of functions related to the basic setting and the image forming condition is set, the display of the function selection operation main screen does not change, but the function selection operation main screen is displayed. The display of the function selection operator screen is switched every time one of the upper function selection buttons for selecting a plurality of functions related to the displayed basic setting is selected. Therefore, on the display screen, a higher function selection button for selecting a plurality of functions related to the basic setting and a function belonging to a lower hierarchy of one function selected from the plurality of functions related to the basic setting are selected. Only the lower function selection button can be displayed, and the lower function selection button for selecting a function belonging to a lower hierarchy of two or more functions selected from a plurality of functions related to the basic setting is displayed on the display screen. It cannot be displayed at the same time. For this reason, it is difficult to visually confirm the image forming conditions set by selecting a plurality of functions related to the basic setting, and the operability of the image forming apparatus is deteriorated.

  SUMMARY An advantage of some aspects of the invention is that it improves operability of the image forming apparatus and improves usability of the image forming apparatus.

  In order to achieve the above object, an image forming apparatus of the present invention includes a display unit having a display screen for displaying information contents of a plurality of functions, and has a plurality of functions corresponding to the information contents displayed on the display screen. In an image forming apparatus that performs an image forming operation based on an image forming condition set by being selected, the display screen can be divided into three or more areas, and the display screen is divided into the areas. In the divided state, the information content of the function belonging to the highest hierarchy is displayed in the first area which is one of the plurality of areas, and any one function is selected from the highest hierarchy. And displaying the information content of the function belonging to the lower hierarchy of any one function selected from the highest hierarchy in the second area of the plurality of areas excluding the first area. The top When an arbitrary function is newly selected from the hierarchy, a new area is newly added to the third area excluding the first area and the second area from the uppermost hierarchy. The information content of a function belonging to a lower hierarchy of any one selected function is displayed.

  As described above, in this image forming apparatus, the information content of the function belonging to the highest layer is displayed in the first area among the plurality of areas. Then, when any one function is selected based on the information content of the function belonging to the highest hierarchy displayed in the first area, the highest hierarchy is displayed in the second area of the plurality of areas. The information content of the function belonging to the lower hierarchy of any one function selected from is displayed. Subsequently, when any one function is newly selected based on the information content of the function belonging to the highest hierarchy displayed in the first area, the third area among the plurality of areas is displayed in the third area. The information content of the function belonging to the lower hierarchy of any one function newly selected based on the information content of the function belonging to the highest hierarchy displayed in the one area is displayed.

  In the image forming apparatus configured as described above, in the state where the display screen is divided into a plurality of three or more regions, the first region of the plurality of regions is placed in the highest layer. The information content of the function to which it belongs is displayed, and when any one function is selected from the top layer, the second region of the plurality of regions is selected from the top layer When the information content of a function belonging to a lower hierarchy of one function is displayed and any one function is selected based on the information content of the function displayed in the second region, the plurality of regions The information content of the function belonging to the lower hierarchy of any one function selected based on the information content of the function displayed in the second region is displayed in the third region.

  As described above, in this image forming apparatus, the information content of the function belonging to the highest layer is displayed in the first area among the plurality of areas. Then, when any one function is selected based on the information content of the function belonging to the highest hierarchy displayed in the first area, the highest hierarchy is displayed in the second area of the plurality of areas. The information content of the function belonging to the lower hierarchy of any one function selected from is displayed. Subsequently, when any one function is selected based on the information content of the function belonging to the lower hierarchy of any one function selected from the highest hierarchy displayed in the second area, a plurality of functions are selected. Any one function selected based on the information content of the function belonging to the lower hierarchy of any one function selected from the highest hierarchy displayed in the second area in the third area of the areas The information contents of the functions belonging to the lower hierarchy are displayed.

  Further, in each of the above-described image forming apparatuses, in the state where the display screen is divided into a plurality of three or more areas, the information content of an arbitrary function in each of any two of the plurality of areas. Is displayed, the information content of an arbitrary function displayed in one area and the information content of an arbitrary function displayed in the other area may be interchangeable.

  Each of the above-described image forming apparatuses includes a function selection button for selecting any one function among a plurality of functions for each function, and by pressing the function selection button, Any one of the functions may be selected.

  Each of the above-described image forming apparatuses includes a display switching button for dividing the display screen into a plurality of areas, and the display screen is divided into three or more areas by pressing the display switching button. It does not matter even if it is divided.

  At this time, when the image forming apparatus is manufactured, the display screen may be set to be divided into a plurality of three or more areas by pressing a display switching button. Alternatively, after the display switching button is pressed, the contents for selecting the number of divisions are displayed on the display screen, and the display screen is divided into the number of divisions set by the user according to the contents displayed on the display screen. You may do it.

  According to the present invention, when the display screen is divided into a plurality of three or more regions, any of the second region and the third region of the plurality of regions selected from the top layer is selected. Information contents of functions belonging to a lower hierarchy of one function can be simultaneously displayed for each function. Therefore, according to the present invention, the information content of the function belonging to the lower hierarchy of any one function selected from the highest hierarchy is simultaneously displayed for each function in each of the second area and the third area. Since the functions belonging to the same hierarchy can be selected in parallel on the display screen for each function, the image formation conditions set by selecting multiple functions from the highest hierarchy can be visually confirmed. It is possible to improve the operability of the image forming apparatus and improve the usability of the image forming apparatus.

  Hereinafter, embodiments of the present invention will be described in detail with reference to the drawings. In the following, the case where the configuration of the present invention is applied to an image forming apparatus will be described. However, the present invention is applicable not only to an image forming apparatus but also to other electronic devices as long as it has a display screen.

Embodiment 1 of the Invention
The image forming apparatus according to the present embodiment has four functions of copy, printer, scanner, and fax, and the image forming apparatus has a function for switching to each function of copy, printer, scanner, or fax. Four function switching keys (not shown) are provided. For example, when the function switching key related to “copy” is selected, the image forming apparatus is switched to the copy function.

  As shown in FIG. 1, the image forming apparatus includes a display unit 10 that displays information contents of a plurality of functions for setting image forming conditions. As shown in FIG. 2, the display unit 10 includes a touch panel type liquid crystal display screen (hereinafter referred to as “display screen”), and a plurality of functions are provided on the divided screen 12 installed on the display screen 11. A plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selection are displayed for each function. Then, when the user presses one of the plurality of function selection buttons 13 displayed on the divided screen 12 with a finger or a touch pen, information according to the user's instruction is input.

  As shown in FIG. 2, a display switching button 14 is displayed at the lower end of the split screen 12 on the display screen 11 at the lower end. When the display switching button 14 is pressed, the divided screen 12 in the display screen 11 is switched from a state where the divided screen 12 is not divided into a predetermined number (see FIG. 5), and when the display switching button 14 is pressed again. Then, the divided screen 12 on the display screen 11 is switched from the state divided into a preset number to the state not divided (see FIG. 2).

  That is, if the divided screen 12 on the display screen 11 is set to be divided into four areas when the image forming apparatus is manufactured, when the display switching button 14 is pressed, the divided screen 12 is located at the upper left. The area is divided into an area 12a, a second divided area 12b located at the upper right, a third divided area 12c located at the lower left, and a fourth divided area 12d located at the lower right (see FIG. 5). In this state, when the display switching button 14 is pressed again, the divided screen 12 on the display screen 11 is switched from the state divided into four areas to the state where it is not divided (see FIG. 2). In the following description, it is assumed that the divided screen 12 on the display screen 11 is set to be divided into four areas by pressing the display switching button 14 when the image forming apparatus is manufactured.

  Further, as shown in FIG. 1, the image forming apparatus is connected to the display unit 10 and determines whether or not the display screen 11 has been pressed, and a signal transmitted from the touch panel unit 20. Based on the key matrix 30 for determining which coordinate position on the display screen 11 is pressed, the database 40 for storing data for displaying the function selection image on the divided screen 12, and the function selection image. The data for display in the first divided area 12a and the magnification of the image displayed in the first divided area 12a are stored, and the size of the first divided area 12a and the coordinate position of the first divided area 12a on the display screen 11 are stored. The first control execution unit 51a for storing the data for displaying the function selection image in the second divided area 12b and the double of the image displayed in the second divided area 12b And a second control execution unit 51b for storing the size of the second divided area 12b and the coordinate position of the second divided area 12b on the display screen 11, and displaying a function selection image on the third divided area 12c. A third control execution unit that stores data for the purpose and the magnification of the image displayed in the third divided area 12c and stores the size of the third divided area 12c and the coordinate position of the third divided area 12c on the display screen 11 51c and data for displaying the function selection image in the fourth divided area 12d and the magnification of the image displayed in the fourth divided area 12d are stored, and the size of the fourth divided area 12d and the display screen 11 are stored. Control having a fourth control execution unit 51d for storing the coordinate position of the fourth divided region 12d and managing each control execution unit 51a, 51b, 51c, 51d 50 and a signal input from the key matrix 30 to check which function selection button 13 is pressed by referring to each of the first to fourth control execution units 51a, 51b, 51c, 51d, and thereafter By transmitting a signal to the control unit 50, data for displaying the function selection image in each of the first to fourth divided regions 12a, 12b, 12c, and 12d is read from the database 40 and the first to fourth controls are performed. And a control management unit 60 for storing the contents in the execution units 51a, 51b, 51c, and 51d and controlling the contents displayed in the divided areas 12a, 12b, 12c, and 12d.

  In addition, when the divided screen 12 on the display screen 11 is not divided into the first to fourth divided regions 12a, 12b, 12c, and 12d, data and a divided screen for displaying an image for function selection on the divided screen 12 12 is stored in the first control execution unit 51a, and the size of the divided screen 12 and the coordinate position of the divided screen 12 on the display screen 11 are stored in the first control execution unit 51a. .

  In the image forming apparatus configured as described above, when the user selects a function switching key (not shown) relating to “copy” after turning on the power of the image forming apparatus, the control is performed from the database 40 as shown in FIG. Data for displaying images for selecting the functions A to I belonging to the highest hierarchy on the divided screen 12 is read to the unit 50, and the functions A to I belonging to the highest hierarchy are read to the first control execution unit 51a. Data for displaying the selection image on the divided screen 12 is stored. Further, based on the data for displaying on the divided screen 12 the images for selecting the functions A to I belonging to the highest hierarchy transmitted from the control unit 50 to the control management unit 60, the control management unit 60 uses the divided screen 12. The image to be displayed is fixed. Thereafter, when a signal is transmitted from the control management unit 60 to the display unit 10, a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions A to I belonging to the highest hierarchy are arranged as shown in FIG. The displayed image is displayed on the divided screen 12.

  First, when the user presses the function selection button 13 for selecting the function A displayed on the divided screen 12, a signal is transmitted from the display unit 10 to the touch panel unit 20, as shown in FIG. It is confirmed which coordinate position on the display screen 11 is pressed in the key matrix 30. In addition, the control management unit 60 refers to the first control execution unit 51 a based on the signal input from the key matrix 30, so that the size of the divided screen 12, the magnification of the image displayed on the divided screen 12, and the display screen 11 are displayed. Based on the coordinate position of the divided screen 12 in FIG. 5, it is confirmed which position is pressed on the image for selecting the functions A to I belonging to the highest hierarchy, and the functions A to I belonging to the highest hierarchy are selected. It is confirmed that the function selection button 13 for selecting the function A is pressed using the data for displaying the image for use on the divided screen 12.

  Subsequently, data for displaying on the divided screen 12 an image for selecting a function belonging to a lower layer of the function A from the database 40 to the control unit 50 by transmitting a signal from the control management unit 60 to the control unit 50. Is read, and data for displaying on the divided screen 12 an image for selecting a function belonging to a lower hierarchy of the function A is stored in the first control execution unit 51a. Then, based on the data for displaying the function selection image belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function A transmitted from the control unit 50 to the control management unit 60, the control management unit 60 displays the image on the divided screen 12. The image to be determined is determined. Thereafter, a signal is transmitted from the control management unit 60 to the display unit 10 to select a plurality of functions for selecting the functions A-1 to A-7 belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function A as shown in FIG. An image on which the button 13 is arranged is displayed on the divided screen 12.

  Next, as shown in FIG. 3, in a state where a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting functions A-1 to A-7 belonging to the lower hierarchy of function A are displayed on the divided screen 12, the user is displayed. When the function selection button 13 for selecting the function A-1 displayed on the divided screen 12 is pressed, a signal is transmitted from the display unit 10 to the touch panel unit 20 as shown in FIG. It is confirmed which coordinate position on the display screen 11 is pressed. Further, the control management unit 60 confirms that the function selection button 13 for selecting the function A-1 is pressed by referring to the first control execution unit 51a based on the signal input from the key matrix 30. To do.

  Subsequently, when a signal is transmitted from the control management unit 60 to the control unit 50, an image for selecting a function belonging to a lower layer of the function A-1 is displayed on the divided screen 12 from the database 40 to the control unit 50. The data for displaying the function selection image belonging to the lower layer of the function A-1 on the divided screen 12 is stored in the first control execution unit 51a. Then, based on the data for displaying on the divided screen 12 the image for selecting the function belonging to the lower layer of the function A-1 transmitted from the control unit 50 to the control management unit 60, the control management unit 60 displays the divided screen 12 The image to be displayed is fixed. Thereafter, a signal is transmitted from the control management unit 60 to the display unit 10 to select the functions A-1-1 and A-2-2 belonging to the lower layer of the function A-1, as shown in FIG. An image on which a plurality of function selection buttons 13 are arranged is displayed on the divided screen 12.

  On the other hand, as shown in FIG. 2, the user is displayed on the display screen 11 in a state where a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions A to I belonging to the highest hierarchy are displayed on the split screen 12. When the display switching button 14 is pressed, as shown in FIG. 1, a signal is transmitted from the display unit 10 to the touch panel unit 20, and it is confirmed which coordinate position on the display screen 11 is pressed in the key matrix 30. Further, the control management unit 60 refers to the control unit 50 based on the signal input from the key matrix 30 to confirm that the display switching button 14 has been pressed.

  Subsequently, when a signal is transmitted from the control management unit 60 to the control unit 50, the magnification of the image displayed on the divided screen 12 stored in the first control execution unit 51a, the size of the divided screen 12, and the display screen are displayed. 11 and the coordinate position of the divided screen 12 are changed for the first divided region 12a and stored in the first control execution unit 51a, and the second to fourth control execution units 51b, 51c, 51d have the second to second. The magnification of the image to be displayed in the four divided areas 12b, 12c, 12d, the size of the second to fourth divided areas 12b, 12c, 12d, and the coordinate position of the second to fourth divided areas 12b, 12c, 12d on the display screen 11 And are stored respectively. Then, based on a signal transmitted from the control unit 50 to the control management unit 60, the control management unit 60 determines an image to be displayed in the first divided area 12a. Thereafter, a signal is transmitted from the control management unit 60 to the display unit 10, so that the divided screen 12 is divided into four areas as shown in FIG. 5 and the functions A to I belonging to the highest hierarchy are displayed. An image in which a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selection is arranged is displayed in the first divided area 12a.

  Then, as shown in FIG. 5, the display switching button displayed on the display screen 11 by the user in a state where the divided screen 12 is divided into four areas of first to fourth divided areas 12 a, 12 b, 12 c, and 12 d. When 14 is pressed, the divided screen 12 is switched to a state where it is not divided, as shown in FIG.

  Further, as shown in FIG. 5, in the state where a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions A to I belonging to the highest hierarchy are displayed in the first divided area 12a, the user can display the first divided area 12a. When the function selection button 13 for selecting the function A displayed on is pressed, a signal is transmitted from the display unit 10 to the touch panel unit 20 and also on the display screen 11 in the key matrix 30 as shown in FIG. It is confirmed which coordinate position is pressed. The control management unit 60 confirms that the function selection button 13 for selecting the function A has been pressed by referring to the first control execution unit 51 a based on the signal input from the key matrix 30.

  Subsequently, data for displaying on the divided screen 12 an image for selecting a function belonging to a lower layer of the function A from the database 40 to the control unit 50 by transmitting a signal from the control management unit 60 to the control unit 50. Is read, and data for displaying an image for selecting a function belonging to a lower layer of the function A in the second divided area 12b is stored in the second control execution unit 51b. Then, based on the data for displaying the function selection image belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function A transmitted from the control unit 50 to the control management unit 60 in the second divided region 12b, the control management unit 60 performs the second division. An image to be displayed in the area 12b is determined. Thereafter, a signal is transmitted from the control management unit 60 to the display unit 10 to select a plurality of functions for selecting the functions A-1 to A-7 belonging to the lower layer of the function A as shown in FIG. An image in which the button 13 is arranged is displayed in the second divided area 12b.

  Further, as shown in FIG. 6, in a state where a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions A-1 to A-7 belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function A are displayed in the second divided area 12b, the user When the function selection button 13 for selecting the function E displayed in the first divided area 12a is pressed, a signal is transmitted from the display unit 10 to the touch panel unit 20 as shown in FIG. It is confirmed which coordinate position on the display screen 11 has been pressed. The control management unit 60 confirms that the function selection button 13 for selecting the function E has been pressed by referring to the first control execution unit 51 a based on the signal input from the key matrix 30.

  Subsequently, when the signal is transmitted from the control management unit 60 to the control unit 50, data for displaying an image for selecting a function belonging to a lower layer of the function E on the divided screen 12 from the database 40 to the control unit 50. Is read, and data for displaying an image for selecting a function belonging to a lower layer of the function E in the third divided region 12c is stored in the third control execution unit 51c. Then, based on the data for displaying the function selection image belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function E transmitted from the control unit 50 to the control management unit 60 in the third divided region 12c, the control management unit 60 performs the third division. An image to be displayed in the area 12c is determined. Thereafter, a signal is transmitted from the control management unit 60 to the display unit 10 to select a plurality of functions for selecting the functions E-1 to E-6 belonging to the lower layer of the function E as shown in FIG. An image in which the button 13 is arranged is displayed in the third divided area 12c.

  Further, as shown in FIG. 7, a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions A-1 to A-7 belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function A are displayed in the second divided area 12b and the third divided area In a state where a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting functions E-1 to E-6 belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function E are displayed in 12c, the function A-1 displayed by the user in the second divided area 12b When the function selection button 13 for selecting is pressed, a signal is transmitted from the display unit 10 to the touch panel unit 20 and any coordinate position on the display screen 11 is pressed in the key matrix 30 as shown in FIG. Is confirmed. Further, the control management unit 60 confirms that the function selection button 13 for selecting the function A-1 has been pressed by referring to the second control execution unit 51b based on the signal input from the key matrix 30. To do.

  Subsequently, when a signal is transmitted from the control management unit 60 to the control unit 50, an image for selecting a function belonging to a lower layer of the function A-1 is displayed on the divided screen 12 from the database 40 to the control unit 50. The data for displaying the image for selecting the function belonging to the lower layer of the function A-1 in the fourth divided area 12d is stored in the fourth control execution unit 51d. Based on the data for displaying the function selection image belonging to the lower layer of the function A-1 transmitted from the control unit 50 to the control management unit 60 in the fourth divided region 12d, An image to be displayed in the four-divided area 12d is determined. Thereafter, a signal is transmitted from the control management unit 60 to the display unit 10 to select the functions A-1-1 and A-1-2 belonging to the lower layer of the function A-1, as shown in FIG. An image on which a plurality of function selection buttons 13 are arranged is displayed in the fourth divided region 12d.

  Further, as shown in FIG. 8, a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting functions A-1 to A-7 belonging to the lower hierarchy of function A are displayed in the second divided area 12b and the fourth divided area. In a state where a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions A-1-1 and A-1-2 belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function A-1 are displayed in 12d, the user can select the second divided area 12b and the second division area 12b. When portions where the function selection button 13 does not exist in the four-divided area 12d are sequentially pressed, the contents displayed in the second divided area 12b and the contents displayed in the fourth divided area 12d are mutually connected as shown in FIG. Replace. A plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions A-1-1 and A-1-2 belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function A-1 are displayed in the second divided area 12b, and the fourth divided area A plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions A-1 to A-7 belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function A are displayed in 12d.

  That is, when the user presses a portion where the function selection button 13 does not exist in the second divided region 12b, a signal is transmitted from the display unit 10 to the touch panel unit 20 as shown in FIG. 11 is checked which coordinate position has been pressed. Subsequently, when the user presses a portion where the function selection button 13 does not exist in the fourth divided region 12d, a signal is transmitted from the display unit 10 to the touch panel unit 20 and displayed on the key matrix 30 as shown in FIG. It is confirmed which coordinate position on the screen 11 is pressed. And the control management part 60 refers to the 2nd control execution part 51b based on the signal input from the key matrix 30, and has confirmed that the part in which the function selection button 13 in the 2nd division area 12b did not exist was pressed. Check. In addition, the control management unit 60 refers to the fourth control execution unit 51d based on the signal input from the key matrix 30, thereby confirming that the portion where the function selection button 13 does not exist in the fourth divided region 12d is pressed. Check.

  Then, when a signal is transmitted from the control management unit 60 to the control unit 50, an image for selecting a function belonging to a lower hierarchy of the function A stored in the second control execution unit 51b is stored in the second divided region 12b. The data for display and the data for displaying the function selection image belonging to the lower layer of the function A-1 stored in the fourth control execution unit 51d in the fourth divided area 12d are switched. Data for displaying an image for selecting a function belonging to a lower layer of the function A-1 in the second divided area 12b is stored in the second control execution unit 51b, and a lower layer of the function A is stored in the fourth control execution unit 51d. Data for displaying an image for selecting a function belonging to the fourth divided area 12d is stored.

  Subsequently, based on a signal transmitted from the control unit 50 to the control management unit 60, the control management unit 60 determines an image to be displayed in the second divided region 12b and the fourth divided region 12d. Thereafter, a signal is transmitted from the control management unit 60 to the display unit 10 to select the functions A-1-1 and A-1-2 belonging to the lower layer of the function A-1, as shown in FIG. A plurality of function selection buttons for selecting the functions A-1 to A-7 belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function A are displayed on the second divided area 12b, and an image in which a plurality of function selection buttons 13 are arranged is displayed. An image in which 13 is arranged is displayed in the fourth divided region 12d.

  Alternatively, even when the user presses a portion where the function selection button 13 does not exist in the fourth divided region 12d, and then the user presses a portion where the function selection button 13 does not exist in the second divided region 12b, The content displayed in 12b and the content displayed in the fourth divided area 12d are interchanged. In addition, the function selection button 13 exists in any two divided areas of the first to fourth divided areas 12a, 12b, 12c, and 12d, not limited to the second divided area 12b and the fourth divided area 12d. By sequentially pressing the portions that are not to be displayed, the content displayed in one divided region and the content displayed in the other divided region are interchanged.

  Further, when the divided screen 12 is divided into the first to fourth divided regions 12a, 12b, 12c, and 12d, when the user presses the display switching button 14 displayed on the display screen 11, the divided screen 12 becomes the first. -It switches from the state divided | segmented into 4th division area 12a, 12b, 12c, 12d to the state which is not divided | segmented. At this time, when the user presses the display switching button 14, the divided screen in a state where the information content of the function displayed last in any of the first to fourth divided areas 12a, 12b, 12c, and 12d is not divided. 12 is displayed.

  Specifically, as shown in FIG. 6, when the user presses the function selection button 13 for selecting the function A displayed in the first divided area 12a, the second divided area 12b is moved to a lower layer of the function A. When the user presses the display switching button 14 displayed on the display screen 11 in a state where a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions A-1 to A-7 to which the user belongs are displayed, the divided screen 12 is displayed on the first screen. -It switches from the state divided | segmented into 4th division area 12a, 12b, 12c, 12d to the state which is not divided | segmented. Then, as shown in FIG. 3, a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting functions A-1 to A-7 belonging to the lower hierarchy of function A are displayed on the divided screen 12 in a state where it is not divided.

  That is, as shown in FIG. 6, in a state where a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions A-1 to A-7 belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function A are displayed in the second divided area 12b, the user When the display switching button 14 displayed on the display screen 11 is pressed, a signal is transmitted from the display unit 10 to the touch panel unit 20 as shown in FIG. 1, and any coordinate position on the display screen 11 in the key matrix 30 is displayed. It is confirmed whether it was pressed. Further, the control management unit 60 refers to the control unit 50 based on the signal input from the key matrix 30 to confirm that the display switching button 14 has been pressed.

  Subsequently, when a signal is transmitted from the control management unit 60 to the control unit 50, an image for selecting a function belonging to a lower hierarchy of the function A stored in the second control execution unit 51b is displayed in the second divided region 12b. The data for displaying on the first control execution unit 51a moves to the first control execution unit 51a, and the first control execution unit 51a displays data for selecting the function belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function A in the first divided region 12a. Is remembered as Further, the magnification of the image displayed in the first divided area 12a stored in the first control execution unit 51a, the size of the first divided area 12a, and the coordinate position of the first divided area 12a on the display screen 11 are divided. The second divided screen 12 is changed to the divided screen 12 that is not yet stored and stored in the first control execution unit 51a, and the second to fourth divided regions 12b stored in the second to fourth control execution units 51b, 51c, 51d. , 12c, 12d, the magnification of the image, the size of the second to fourth divided areas 12b, 12c, 12d and the coordinate position of the second to fourth divided areas 12b, 12c, 12d on the display screen 11 are the second. To the fourth control execution units 51b, 51c, and 51d, respectively.

  Then, based on a signal transmitted from the control unit 50 to the control management unit 60, an image to be displayed on the divided screen 12 is determined in the control management unit 60. Thereafter, a signal is transmitted from the control management unit 60 to the display unit 10 to select a plurality of functions for selecting the functions A-1 to A-7 belonging to the lower layer of the function A as shown in FIG. The image on which the button 13 is arranged is displayed on the divided screen 12 in a state where it is not divided.

  Similarly, as shown in FIG. 7, when the user presses the function selection button 13 for selecting the function E displayed in the first divided area 12a, the functions belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function E in the third divided area 12c. When the user presses the display switching button 14 displayed on the display screen 11 in a state where a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting E-1 to E-6 are displayed, the divided screen 12 is changed to the first to first screens. The state is switched from the state divided into the four divided regions 12a, 12b, 12c, and 12d to the state that is not divided. Then, a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions E-1 to E-6 belonging to the lower layer of the function E are displayed on the divided screen 12 in a state where it is not divided.

  Similarly, as shown in FIG. 8, when the user presses the function selection button 13 for selecting the function A-1 which is a lower function of the function A displayed in the second divided area 12b, the fourth divided area is displayed. In a state where a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting functions A-1-1 and A-1-2 belonging to a lower hierarchy of the function A-1 are displayed in 12d, the user is displayed on the display screen 11. When the display switching button 14 is pressed, the divided screen 12 is switched from the state divided into the first to fourth divided regions 12a, 12b, 12c, and 12d to the state where the divided screen 12 is not divided. Then, a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions A-1-1 and A-1-2 belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function A-1 are displayed on the divided screen 12 that is not divided.

  As described above, in this embodiment, when one of the plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions A to I belonging to the highest hierarchy displayed in the first divided area 12a is pressed, the second divided area is displayed. A plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting a function belonging to any lower hierarchy of the functions A to I belonging to the highest hierarchy are displayed in 12b. Then, by sequentially pressing a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting functions A to I belonging to the highest hierarchy displayed in the first divided area 12a, both of the third and fourth divided areas 12c and 12d are displayed. A plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting a function belonging to any lower hierarchy of the functions A to I belonging to the highest hierarchy can be displayed. Alternatively, a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting a function belonging to any lower hierarchy of the functions A to I belonging to the highest hierarchy are displayed in the third divided area 12c, and the second divided area 12b or the second divided area 12c is displayed. By pressing any one of a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting a function belonging to any one of the lower hierarchies of the functions A to I belonging to the highest hierarchy displayed in the three divided area 12c, the fourth divided area It is also possible to display a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting a function belonging to a further lower layer of the functions belonging to any one of the lower layers of the functions A to I belonging to the highest layer in 12d.

  Therefore, according to the present embodiment, the function selection button 13 for selecting a function belonging to a lower hierarchy of two or more functions selected from the functions A to I belonging to the highest hierarchy is displayed on the display screen 11. A function selection button 13 for selecting a function belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function selected from the functions A to I belonging to the highest level and a function belonging to the highest hierarchy, which can be simultaneously displayed on the divided screen 12 A function selection button 13 for selecting a function belonging to a lower hierarchy of the function belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function selected from A to I can be simultaneously displayed on the divided screen 12 in the display screen 11. Therefore, the image forming conditions set by selecting two or more of the functions A to I belonging to the highest hierarchy can be easily confirmed visually, and the operability of the image forming apparatus is improved. Thus, the usability of the image forming apparatus can be improved.

  In the image forming apparatus, as shown in FIG. 2, the user can display the divided screen 12 with a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions A to I belonging to the highest hierarchy. When the display switching button 14 displayed on the screen 11 is pressed, a button for setting the number of divisions (for example, 2, 4, and 6 divisions) of the division screen 12 may appear on the division screen 12. . Then, the divided screen 12 may be divided into the number of divisions set by the user by causing the control management unit 60 shown in FIG. 1 to recognize the button pressed by the user. In the image forming apparatus configured as described above, a number of control execution units equal to the maximum number of divisions of the divided screen 12 are installed in the control unit 50. Of all the control execution units, the number of control execution units equal to the number of divisions of the divided screen 12 set by the user is used.

  In the present embodiment, the functions displayed on the divided screen 12 when the function selection button 13 for selecting each function A, E, A-1 is pressed with reference to FIGS. However, when the function selection button 13 for selecting other functions excluding the functions A, E, and A-1 is pressed, the function belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function is selected in the same manner. A function selection button 13 is displayed on the split screen 12.

<< Embodiment 2 of the Invention >>
The second embodiment of the present invention is a modification of the display content setting method on the display screen 11 in the image forming apparatus of the first embodiment. Below, the setting method different from the said Embodiment 1 is demonstrated in detail. In this embodiment, the configuration of the image forming apparatus is the same as that of the first embodiment shown in FIG.

  As shown in FIGS. 10 to 16, in the image forming apparatus of this embodiment, in each of the first to fourth divided regions 12 a, 12 b, 12 c, and 12 d, the upper and lower portions for scrolling the divided region up and down at the left end thereof. A move button 15 is displayed, and a left / right move button 16 for scrolling the divided areas to the left and right is displayed at the upper end thereof. Further, when the user moves the finger or the touch pen in the horizontal direction or the vertical direction while the user presses each boundary portion of the first to fourth divided areas 12a, 12b, 12c, and 12d with the finger or the touch pen. The boundary portions of the first to fourth divided regions 12a, 12b, 12c, and 12d move in the horizontal direction or the vertical direction, and the sizes of the first to fourth divided regions 12a, 12b, 12c, and 12d are increased. Change. Furthermore, by pressing any two divided areas of the first to fourth divided areas 12a, 12b, 12c, and 12d in order, the contents displayed in one divided area and displayed in the other divided area The contents are interchanged.

  Specifically, in this image forming apparatus, an image for function selection is assigned to each of the divided regions 12a, 12b, 12c, and 12d in each of the first to fourth control execution units 51a, 51b, 51c, and 51d shown in FIG. Data for display, sizes of the divided areas 12a, 12b, 12c, and 12d, coordinate positions of the divided areas 12a, 12b, 12c, and 12d on the display screen 11, and divided areas 12a, 12b, 12c, and 12d The coordinate positions displayed in the divided areas 12a, 12b, 12c and 12d in the image to be displayed are stored.

  As shown in FIG. 2, the user is displayed on the display screen 11 in a state where a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions A to I belonging to the highest hierarchy are displayed on the split screen 12. When the display switching button 14 is pressed, as shown in FIG. 1, a signal is transmitted from the display unit 10 to the touch panel unit 20, and it is confirmed which coordinate position on the display screen 11 is pressed in the key matrix 30. Further, the control management unit 60 refers to the control unit 50 based on the signal input from the key matrix 30 to confirm that the display switching button 14 has been pressed.

  Subsequently, when a signal is transmitted from the control management unit 60 to the control unit 50, the size of the divided screen 12 stored in the first control execution unit 51a and the coordinate position of the divided screen 12 on the display screen 11 are changed. The coordinate position displayed in the first divided area 12a in the image to be displayed in the first divided area 12a is changed to the one divided area 12a and stored in the first control executing section 51a. It is stored in 51a. In addition, when a signal is transmitted from the control management unit 60 to the control unit 50, the size and display screen of the second to fourth divided regions 12b, 12c, and 12d are transmitted to the second to fourth control execution units 51b, 51c, and 51d. 11, the coordinate positions of the second to fourth divided areas 12b, 12c, and 12d are stored. Then, based on a signal transmitted from the control unit 50 to the control management unit 60, the control management unit 60 determines an image to be displayed in the first divided area 12a.

  Thereafter, the control management unit 60 refers to the first control execution unit 51a to compare the size of the image to be displayed in the first divided region 12a with the size of the first divided region 12a. Then, by transmitting a signal from the control management unit 60 to the display unit 10, as shown in FIG. 10, the divided screen 12 is divided into four regions, and the control management unit 60 is changed to the first divided region 12a. When it is confirmed that the image to be displayed is larger than the first divided region 12a, a signal is transmitted from the control management unit 60 to the control unit 50, whereby the first divided region 12a is moved in the vertical direction or the horizontal direction. The coordinate position on the image of the up / down movement button 15 and the left / right movement button 16 for causing the first divided area 12a to display an image to be displayed in the first divided area 12a by scrolling to the first divided area 12a is displayed on the first control execution unit 51a. Remembered.

  Subsequently, by transmitting a signal from the control management unit 60 to the display unit 10, as shown in FIG. 10, among a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions A to I belonging to the highest hierarchy. An image on which the function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions A, B, D, and E are first displayed in the first divided area 12a and is moved up and down to the left end and the upper end of the first divided area 12a. A button 15 and a left / right movement button 16 are displayed.

  When the user presses the up / down movement button 15 or the left / right movement button 16 displayed in the first divided area 12a with a finger or a touch pen, a signal is transmitted from the display unit 10 to the touch panel unit 20, as shown in FIG. At the same time, it is confirmed which coordinate position on the display screen 11 is pressed in the key matrix 30. In addition, the control management unit 60 refers to the first control execution unit 51 a based on the signal input from the key matrix 30 to confirm which movement button has been pressed. Subsequently, when the signal is transmitted from the control management unit 60 to the control unit 50, the first divided region in the image to be displayed in the first divided region 12a among the data stored in the first control execution unit 51a. The coordinate position displayed in 12a is changed. Then, as shown in FIG. 11, among the plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions A to I belonging to the highest hierarchy, functions C, F, H, which are not displayed in the first divided area 12a at the beginning. A function selection button 13 for selecting I is displayed in the first divided area 12a.

  That is, in the second embodiment, the size of each of the plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions A to I belonging to the highest hierarchy displayed in the first divided area 12a than in the first embodiment. Therefore, as shown in FIG. 10, a part of the plurality of function selection buttons 13 is displayed in the first divided area 12a. For this reason, the up / down movement button 15 and the left / right movement button 16 are displayed in the first divided area 12a. When the user presses the up / down movement button 15 or the left / right movement button 16 with a finger or a touch pen, it belongs to the highest hierarchy. Among the plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions A to I, the function selection button 13 for selecting the functions C and F to I that are not displayed in the first divided area 12a at the beginning is displayed in the first divided area 12a. Each is displayed (see FIG. 11).

  In addition, as shown in FIG. 10, in a state where a part of the plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions A to I belonging to the highest hierarchy is displayed in the first divided area 12a, the user When the function selection button 13 for selecting the function A displayed in the first divided area 12a is pressed, a signal is transmitted from the display unit 10 to the touch panel unit 20 as shown in FIG. It is confirmed which coordinate position on the display screen 11 has been pressed. The control management unit 60 confirms that the function selection button 13 for selecting the function A has been pressed by referring to the first control execution unit 51 a based on the signal input from the key matrix 30.

  Subsequently, data for displaying on the divided screen 12 an image for selecting a function belonging to a lower layer of the function A from the database 40 to the control unit 50 by transmitting a signal from the control management unit 60 to the control unit 50. Is read out and displayed in the second divided area 12b in the data to be displayed in the second divided area 12b and the image for selecting the function belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function A and the image to be displayed in the second divided area 12b. Are stored in the second control execution unit 51b. Then, based on the data for displaying the function selection image belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function A transmitted from the control unit 50 to the control management unit 60 in the second divided region 12b, the control management unit 60 performs the second division. An image to be displayed in the area 12b is determined.

  Thereafter, a signal is transmitted from the control management unit 60 to the display unit 10 to select a plurality of functions for selecting the functions A-1 to A-7 belonging to the lower layer of the function A as shown in FIG. An image on which the function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions A-1, A-2, A-4, and A-5 among the buttons 13 are arranged is first displayed in the second divided area 12b. Also, in the second divided area 12b, functions A-3 and A-6 that are not initially displayed in the second divided area 12b among the plurality of function selection buttons 13 arranged in the image to be displayed in the second divided area 12b. , A-7, the up / down movement button 15 and the left / right movement button 16 are respectively displayed on the left end and the upper end of the function selection button 13 for displaying on the second divided area 12b.

  Also, as shown in FIG. 12, a part of the plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions A-1 to A-7 belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function A is displayed in the second divided area 12b. In the state, when the user presses the function selection button 13 for selecting the function E displayed in the first divided area 12a, a signal is transmitted from the display unit 10 to the touch panel unit 20 as shown in FIG. The coordinate position on the display screen 11 in the key matrix 30 is confirmed. The control management unit 60 confirms that the function selection button 13 for selecting the function E has been pressed by referring to the first control execution unit 51 a based on the signal input from the key matrix 30.

  Subsequently, when the signal is transmitted from the control management unit 60 to the control unit 50, data for displaying an image for selecting a function belonging to a lower layer of the function E on the divided screen 12 from the database 40 to the control unit 50. Is read and displayed in the third divided area 12c in the data to be displayed in the third divided area 12c and the image for selecting the function belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function E and the image to be displayed in the third divided area 12c. The coordinate position is stored in the third control execution unit 51c. Then, based on the data for displaying the function selection image belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function E transmitted from the control unit 50 to the control management unit 60 in the third divided region 12c, the control management unit 60 performs the third division. An image to be displayed in the area 12c is determined.

  Thereafter, a signal is transmitted from the control management unit 60 to the display unit 10 to select a plurality of functions for selecting the functions E-1 to E-6 belonging to the lower layer of the function E as shown in FIG. An image on which the function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions E-1, E-2, E-4, and E-5 among the buttons 13 are displayed is first displayed in the third divided region 12c. In addition, the control management unit 60 refers to the third control execution unit 51c, so that the vertical size of the image to be displayed in the third divided region 12c is equal to the vertical size of the third divided region 12c. In addition, it is confirmed that the horizontal size of the image to be displayed in the third divided region 12c is larger than the horizontal size of the third divided region 12c. Therefore, in the third divided area 12c, functions E-3 and E- that are not displayed in the third divided area 12c first among the plurality of function selection buttons 13 arranged in the image to be displayed in the third divided area 12c. In order to display the function selection button 13 for selecting 6 in the third divided area 12c, a left / right movement button 16 is displayed at the upper end thereof.

  Further, as shown in FIG. 13, a part of the plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions A-1 to A-7 belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function A is displayed in the second divided area 12b. In addition, in a state where a part of the plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions E-1 to E-6 belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function E is displayed in the third divided area 12c, the user performs the second division. When the function selection button 13 for selecting the function A-1 displayed in the area 12b is pressed, a signal is transmitted from the display unit 10 to the touch panel unit 20 and displayed on the key matrix 30 as shown in FIG. It is confirmed which coordinate position on the screen 11 is pressed. Further, the control management unit 60 confirms that the function selection button 13 for selecting the function A-1 has been pressed by referring to the second control execution unit 51b based on the signal input from the key matrix 30. To do.

  Subsequently, when a signal is transmitted from the control management unit 60 to the control unit 50, an image for selecting a function belonging to a lower layer of the function A-1 is displayed on the divided screen 12 from the database 40 to the control unit 50. Is read, and the data for displaying the function selection image belonging to the lower layer of the function A-1 in the fourth divided area 12d and the fourth divided area in the image to be displayed in the fourth divided area 12d The coordinate position displayed in 12d is stored in the fourth control execution unit 51d. Based on the data for displaying the function selection image belonging to the lower layer of the function A-1 transmitted from the control unit 50 to the control management unit 60 in the fourth divided region 12d, An image to be displayed in the four-divided area 12d is determined.

  Thereafter, a signal is transmitted from the control management unit 60 to the display unit 10 to select the functions A-1-1 and A-1-2 belonging to the lower layer of the function A-1, as shown in FIG. An image on which a plurality of function selection buttons 13 are arranged is first displayed in the fourth divided region 12d. In the control management unit 60, it is confirmed that the size of the image to be displayed in the fourth divided region 12d is equal to the size of the fourth divided region 12d by referring to the fourth control execution unit 51d. For this reason, all the function selection buttons 13 for selecting a function belonging to a lower hierarchy of the function A-1 are first displayed in the fourth divided area 12d. None of the buttons 16 are displayed.

  Further, as shown in FIG. 14, a part of a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting functions A to I belonging to the highest hierarchy is displayed in the first divided area 12a and the second divided area In a state in which a part of the plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions A-1 to A-7 belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function A is displayed in 12b, the user can select the first divided area 12a and the second divided area 12a. When the boundary with the divided region 12b is pressed with a finger or a touch pen, a signal is transmitted from the display unit 10 to the touch panel unit 20 and any coordinate position on the display screen 11 in the key matrix 30 as shown in FIG. It is confirmed whether is pressed. In addition, the control management unit 60 refers to the first control execution unit 51a and the second control execution unit 51b based on the signal input from the key matrix 30, so that the first divided region 12a and the second divided region 12b Make sure that the border is pressed.

  Then, when the user moves the finger or the touch pen to the right while pressing the boundary portion between the first divided area 12a and the second divided area 12b with the finger or the touch pen, the current matrix on the current display screen 11 is displayed. As well as confirming which coordinate position is being pressed, a signal is transmitted from the control management unit 60 to the control unit 50 based on a signal input from the key matrix 30, thereby being stored in the first control execution unit 51 a. Among the stored data, the size of the first divided area 12a and the coordinate position of the first divided area 12a on the display screen 11 are changed. Similarly, when a signal is transmitted from the control management unit 60 to the control unit 50, the size of the second divided area 12b in the data stored in the second control execution unit 51b and the second division on the display screen 11 are displayed. The coordinate position of the area 12b is changed.

  Subsequently, the control management unit 60 refers to the data stored in the first control execution unit 51a and the second control execution unit 51b and transmits a signal to the display unit 10 as shown in FIG. In addition, the boundary portion between the first divided region 12a and the second divided region 12b is moved in the right direction.

  Further, the control management unit 60 determines the image to be displayed in the first divided region 12a by referring to the data stored in the first control execution unit 51a. Then, when a signal is transmitted from the control management unit 60 to the display unit 10, as shown in FIG. 15, among the plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions A to I belonging to the highest hierarchy. An image on which function selection buttons 13 for selecting functions A to F are arranged is displayed in the first divided area 12a. That is, a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting functions C and F are displayed in the first divided area 12a by moving the boundary portion between the first divided area 12a and the second divided area 12b to the right. The

  In the control management unit 60, by referring to the first control execution unit 51a, the horizontal size of the image to be displayed in the first divided region 12a is equal to the horizontal size of the first divided region 12a. In addition, it is confirmed that the vertical size of the image to be displayed in the first divided region 12a is larger than the vertical size of the first divided region 12a. For this reason, in the first divided area 12a, all the function selection buttons 13 are displayed in the left-right direction, and the left / right movement button 16 displayed at the upper end of the first divided area 12a disappears from the first divided area 12a. Further, in the first divided area 12a, in order to display a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting functions GI that are not displayed in the first divided area 12a on the first divided area 12a, an up / down movement button is provided at the left end thereof. 15 remains displayed.

  Similarly, the control management unit 60 determines the image to be displayed in the second divided area 12b by referring to the data stored in the second control execution unit 51b. Then, by transmitting a signal from the control management unit 60 to the display unit 10, as shown in FIG. An image in which the function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions A-1 and A-4 among the buttons 13 are arranged is displayed in the first divided area 12a. That is, a plurality of function selection buttons for selecting the functions A-2 and A-5 from the second divided area 12b by moving the boundary portion between the first divided area 12a and the second divided area 12b to the right. 13 disappears.

  In the control management unit 60, it is confirmed that the size of the image to be displayed in the second divided region 12b is larger than the size of the second divided region 12b by referring to the second control execution unit 51b. Is done. Therefore, in the second divided area 12b, a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions A-2, A-3, A-5 to A-7 that are not displayed in the second divided area 12b are provided in the second divided area. In order to display on 12b, the up / down movement button 15 and the left / right movement button 16 remain displayed on the left end and the upper end, respectively.

  Further, as shown in FIG. 15, a part of the plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions A to I belonging to the highest hierarchy is displayed in the first divided area 12a and the second divided area In a state in which a part of the plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions A-1 to A-7 belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function A is displayed in 12b, the user can select the first divided area 12a and the second divided area 12a. When the portion where the function selection button 13 does not exist in the divided area 12b is pressed in order, the contents displayed in the first divided area 12a and the contents displayed in the second divided area 12b are inserted into each other as shown in FIG. Change. A part of the plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions A-1 to A-7 belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function A is displayed in the first divided area 12a, and the second divided area 12b. A part of the plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions A to I belonging to the highest hierarchy is displayed.

  That is, when the user presses a portion where the function selection button 13 does not exist in the first divided area 12a, a signal is transmitted from the display unit 10 to the touch panel unit 20 as shown in FIG. 11 on which coordinate position is pressed. Subsequently, when the user presses a portion where the function selection button 13 does not exist in the second divided region 12b, a signal is transmitted from the display unit 10 to the touch panel unit 20 and displayed on the key matrix 30 as shown in FIG. It is confirmed which coordinate position on the screen 11 is pressed. Then, the control management unit 60 refers to the first control execution unit 51a based on the signal input from the key matrix 30 to confirm that the portion where the function selection button 13 does not exist in the first divided region 12a is pressed. Check. In addition, the control management unit 60 refers to the second control execution unit 51b based on the signal input from the key matrix 30 to confirm that the portion where the function selection button 13 does not exist in the second divided region 12b is pressed. Check.

  Then, when a signal is transmitted from the control management unit 60 to the control unit 50, the images for selecting the functions A to I belonging to the highest hierarchy stored in the first control execution unit 51a are displayed in the first divided region. The data for displaying in 12a and the data for displaying in the second divided region 12b the image for selecting the function belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function A stored in the second control execution unit 51b are exchanged. Data for displaying an image for selecting a function belonging to a lower hierarchy of function A in the first divided area 12a is stored in the first control execution section 51a, and a function belonging to the highest hierarchy in the second control execution section 51b Data for displaying images for selecting A to I in the second divided region 12b is stored.

  Subsequently, based on a signal transmitted from the control unit 50 to the control management unit 60, the control management unit 60 determines an image to be displayed in the first divided region 12a and the second divided region 12b. Thereafter, a signal is transmitted from the control management unit 60 to the display unit 10, so that the functions A- 1 to A-A among the functions A- 1 to A- 7 belonging to the lower layer of the function A are shown in FIG. An image in which a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting −6 is arranged is displayed in the first divided area 12a, and functions A and D among the functions A to I belonging to the highest hierarchy are selected. An image on which a plurality of function selection buttons 13 are arranged is displayed in the second divided area 12b.

  Thus, in the present embodiment, the size of the image to be displayed in each of the first to fourth divided areas 12a, 12b, 12c, and 12d in each of the first to fourth divided areas 12a, 12b, 12c, and 12d. Accordingly, a vertical movement button 15 and a horizontal movement button 16 are displayed. Then, by displaying the up / down movement button 15 and the left / right movement button 16 in each of the first to fourth divided areas 12a, 12b, 12c, and 12d, each function selection button 13 is expanded and the first to fourth divided areas are displayed. Each of 12a, 12b, 12c, and 12d can be displayed. Therefore, since it becomes easy for the user to visually confirm each of the plurality of function selection buttons 13, it is possible to prevent a mistake in pressing the function selection button 13 when pressing the display screen 11 with a finger or a touch pen. The operability of the image forming apparatus can be further improved and the usability of the image forming apparatus can be further improved.

  Further, according to the present embodiment, the first to fourth divided regions 12a, 12b, 12c are pressed by pressing the boundary portions of the first to fourth divided regions 12a, 12b, 12c, 12d with a finger or a touch pen. , 12d can be moved to change the sizes of the first to fourth divided regions 12a, 12b, 12c, 12d. Accordingly, when a part of the plurality of function selection buttons 13 is displayed in an arbitrary divided area among the first to fourth divided areas 12a, 12b, 12c, and 12d, the size of the divided area is changed. As a result, many function selection buttons 13 can be displayed in this divided area, and the user can easily confirm which function selection button 13 is displayed at which position.

  Furthermore, according to the present embodiment, the contents displayed in one divided area and the other are pressed by sequentially pressing any two divided areas of the first to fourth divided areas 12a, 12b, 12c, and 12d. The contents displayed in the divided areas can be interchanged with each other. Therefore, when the size of an arbitrary divided region among the first to fourth divided regions 12a, 12b, 12c, and 12d is changed, the content displayed in the divided region having a smaller size is displayed. It is possible to display the divided area having a large size by a simple operation. In particular, when it is desired to set an image forming condition while comparing a plurality of functions on the divided screen 12, the operability of the image forming apparatus is improved. It is possible to further improve the usability of the image forming apparatus.

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The third embodiment of the present invention is a modification of the display content setting method on the display screen 11 in the image forming apparatus of the first embodiment. Below, the setting method different from the said Embodiment 1 is demonstrated in detail. In this embodiment, the configuration of the image forming apparatus is the same as that of the first embodiment shown in FIG.

  As described in the first and second embodiments, in the image forming apparatus according to the present embodiment, the function selection button for selecting the functions A to I belonging to the highest hierarchy displayed in the first divided area 12a. When 13 is pressed with a finger or a touch pen, a function selection button 13 for selecting a function belonging to the lower hierarchy of the functions A to I belonging to the highest hierarchy is displayed in the second, third, and fourth divided areas 12b, 12c, 12d are displayed in order.

  For example, in FIG. 17, first, function selection for selecting function A among a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting functions A to I belonging to the highest hierarchy displayed in first divided area 12a. When the button 13 and the function selection button 13 for selecting the function E and the function selection button 13 for selecting the function H are sequentially pressed, the functions A-1 to A-1 belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function A are displayed in the second divided area 12b. An image in which a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting A-7 is arranged is displayed, and the functions E-1 to E-1 belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function E in the third divided area 12c and the fourth divided area 12d. An image in which a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting E-6 are arranged, and a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting functions H-1 to H-6 belonging to a lower hierarchy of the function H are arranged. Image and it It will be displayed.

  In this state, next, the function A- of the plurality of function selection buttons 13 for the user to select the functions A-1 to A-7 belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function A displayed in the second divided area 12b. When the function selection button 13 for selecting 1 is pressed, a signal is transmitted from the display unit 10 to the touch panel unit 20 as shown in FIG. 1, and any coordinate position on the display screen 11 in the key matrix 30 is pressed. Is confirmed. Further, the control management unit 60 confirms that the function selection button 13 for selecting the function A-1 has been pressed by referring to the second control execution unit 51b based on the signal input from the key matrix 30. To do.

  Subsequently, when a signal is transmitted from the control management unit 60 to the control unit 50, an image for selecting a function belonging to a lower layer of the function A-1 is displayed on the divided screen 12 from the database 40 to the control unit 50. The data for displaying the image for selecting the function belonging to the lower layer of the function A-1 in the second divided area 12b is stored in the second control execution unit 51b. At this time, the second control is performed without deleting the data for displaying the function selection image belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function A, which is already stored in the second control execution unit 51b, in the second divided region 12b. Data for displaying an image for selecting a function belonging to the lower hierarchy of function A in the second divided area 12b and an image for selecting a function belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function A-1 to the execution section 51b in the second divided area Both data for display on 12b are stored.

  Then, the function selection image belonging to the lower layer of the function A and the function selection image belonging to the lower layer of the function A-1 are displayed so as to overlap the second divided area 12b. For this reason, the data for displaying the function selection image belonging to the lower layer of the function A in the second divided region 12b and the image for selecting the function belonging to the lower layer of the function A-1 are displayed in the second divided region 12b. Each of the data to be displayed on the screen is given page number information and stored in the second control execution unit 51b. At this time, the number of pages is determined in accordance with the number of data stored in the second control execution unit 51b, and the information of the first page with respect to the data newly stored in the second control execution unit 51b is an image. For each data given as data and already stored in the second control execution unit 51b, information on the page numbers of the second and subsequent pages is displayed in order from the latest stored in the second control execution unit 51b. It is given as data.

  That is, one page for two pages with respect to the data for displaying the function selection image belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function A-1 newly stored in the second control execution unit 51b in the second divided area 12b. Information for the eyes is given as image data, and data for displaying in the second divided area 12b an image for selecting a function belonging to a lower hierarchy of the function A already stored in the second control execution unit 51b. Thus, information of the second page for two pages is added as image data.

  Subsequently, the image for selecting the function belonging to the lower layer of the function A transmitted from the control unit 50 to the control management unit 60 and the data for displaying in the second divided region 12b and the lower layer of the function A-1 Based on the data for displaying the function selection image in the second divided area 12b, the control management unit 60 determines the image to be displayed in the second divided area 12b. Thereafter, a signal is transmitted from the control management unit 60 to the display unit 10 to select the functions A-1-1 and A-1-2 belonging to the lower layer of the function A-1, as shown in FIG. An image in which a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for arranging the plurality of function selection buttons 13 is overlaid on an image in which a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions A-1 to A-7 belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function A is arranged. Displayed in the second divided region 12b.

  At this time, an image in which a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions A-1-1 and A-1-2 belonging to the lower layer of the function A-1 is arranged is 1 in the second divided area 12b. Displayed on the first page to indicate that it is displayed on the page and to display the second divided area 12b by replacing the image displayed on the first page with the image displayed on the second page A page switching button 17 in which “1/2” is written is arranged on the image to be displayed. Further, a page switching button 17 in which “2/2” is written in the image displayed on the second page is arranged.

  As shown in FIG. 18, a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions A-1-1 and A-1-2 belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function A-1 are arranged in the second divided area 12b. When an image is displayed, a page switching button 17 written “1/2” is displayed on the upper right of the second divided area 12b. Further, as shown in FIG. 19, an image in which a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions A-1 to A-7 belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function A is displayed in the second divided area 12b. Is displayed, the page switching button 17 written as “2/2” is displayed at the upper right of the second divided area 12b.

  Similarly, in the state shown in FIG. 17, among the plurality of function selection buttons 13 for the user to select the functions E-1 to E-6 belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function E displayed in the third divided area 12c. When the function selection button 13 for selecting the function E-1 is pressed, a signal is transmitted from the display unit 10 to the touch panel unit 20 and any coordinates on the display screen 11 in the key matrix 30 as shown in FIG. It is confirmed whether the position has been pressed. Further, the control management unit 60 confirms that the function selection button 13 for selecting the function E-1 has been pressed by referring to the third control execution unit 51c based on the signal input from the key matrix 30. To do.

  Subsequently, when a signal is transmitted from the control management unit 60 to the control unit 50, an image for selecting a function belonging to a lower layer of the function E-1 is displayed on the divided screen 12 from the database 40 to the control unit 50. The data for displaying the function selection image belonging to the lower layer of the function E in the third control execution unit 51c and the function belonging to the lower layer of the function E-1 Both data for displaying the selection image in the third divided region 12c are stored. Further, one page for two pages with respect to the data for displaying the function selection image belonging to the lower layer of the function E-1 newly stored in the third control execution unit 51c in the third divided area 12c. Information for eyes is given as image data, and data for displaying an image for selecting a function belonging to a lower hierarchy of the function E already stored in the third control execution unit 51c in the third divided region 12c is displayed. Thus, information of the second page for two pages is added as image data.

  The data for displaying the function selection image belonging to the lower layer of the function E transmitted from the control unit 50 to the control management unit 60 and the function belonging to the lower layer of the function E-1 are displayed. Based on the data for displaying the selection image in the third divided region 12c, the control management unit 60 determines the image to be displayed in the third divided region 12c. Thereafter, a signal is transmitted from the control management unit 60 to the display unit 10 to select the functions E-1-1 and E-1-2 belonging to the lower layer of the function E-1 as shown in FIG. An image in which a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for arranging the plurality of function selection buttons 13 is overlaid on an image in which a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions E-1 to E-6 belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function E is arranged. Displayed in the third divided area 12c.

  At this time, an image in which a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions E-1-1 and E-1-2 belonging to the lower layer of the function E-1 is arranged is 1 in the third divided area 12c. In order to indicate that the image is displayed on the page and replace the image displayed on the first page with the image displayed on the second page and display the third divided region 12c, the function E-1 A page switching button 17 written “1/2” is arranged on an image in which a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions E-1-1 and E-1-2 belonging to the lower hierarchy are arranged. . In addition, a page switching button 17 written “2/2” is arranged on an image in which a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions E-1 to E-6 belonging to the lower layer of the function E are arranged. The

  As shown in FIG. 18, a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions E-1-1 and E-1-2 belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function E-1 are arranged in the third divided area 12c. When an image is displayed, a page switching button 17 written “1/2” is displayed on the upper right of the third divided area 12c. When an image in which a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions E-1 to E-6 belonging to the lower layer of the function E is displayed in the third divided area 12c, the third divided area is displayed. A page switching button 17 written “2/2” is displayed on the upper right of 12c.

  Similarly, in the state shown in FIG. 17, a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for the user to select the functions H-1 to H-6 belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function H displayed in the fourth divided area 12d. When the function selection button 13 for selecting the function H-1 is pressed, a signal is transmitted from the display unit 10 to the touch panel unit 20 as shown in FIG. It is confirmed which coordinate position is pressed. In addition, the control management unit 60 confirms that the function selection button 13 for selecting the function H-1 is pressed by referring to the third control execution unit 51c based on the signal input from the key matrix 30. To do.

  Subsequently, when a signal is transmitted from the control management unit 60 to the control unit 50, an image for selecting a function belonging to a lower layer of the function H-1 is displayed on the divided screen 12 from the database 40 to the control unit 50. The data for displaying the function selection image belonging to the lower layer of the function H in the fourth control execution unit 51d and the function belonging to the lower layer of the function H-1 are displayed. Both data for displaying the selection image in the fourth divided region 12d are stored. Further, one page for two pages with respect to the data for displaying the function selection image belonging to the lower layer of the function H-1 newly stored in the fourth control execution unit 51d in the fourth divided area 12d. Information on the eyes is given as image data, and data for displaying an image for selecting a function belonging to a lower hierarchy of the function H already stored in the fourth control execution unit 51d in the fourth divided region 12d. Thus, information of the second page for two pages is added as image data.

  Then, the data for selecting the function belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function H transmitted from the control unit 50 to the control management unit 60 and the function belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function H-1 are displayed on the fourth divided area 12d. Based on the data for displaying the selection image in the fourth divided area 12d, the control management unit 60 determines the image to be displayed in the fourth divided area 12d. Thereafter, a signal is transmitted from the control management unit 60 to the display unit 10 to select the functions H-1-1 and H-1-2 belonging to the lower layer of the function H-1, as shown in FIG. An image in which a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for arranging the plurality of function selection buttons 13 is overlaid on an image in which a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions H-1 to H-6 belonging to the lower layer of the function H is arranged. Displayed in the fourth divided area 12d.

  At this time, an image in which a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions H-1-1 and H-1-2 belonging to the lower layer of the function H-1 is arranged is 1 in the fourth divided region 12d. In order to indicate that the image is displayed on the page and replace the image displayed on the first page with the image displayed on the second page and display the fourth divided region 12d, the function H-1 A page switching button 17 written “1/2” is arranged on an image in which a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions H-1-1 and H-1-2 belonging to the lower hierarchy are arranged. . Further, a page switching button 17 written as “2/2” is arranged on an image in which a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions H-1 to H-6 belonging to the lower layer of the function H are arranged. The

  As shown in FIG. 18, a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting functions H-1-1 and H-1-2 belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function H-1 are arranged in the fourth divided area 12d. When an image is displayed, a page switching button 17 written “1/2” is displayed on the upper right of the fourth divided region 12d. When an image in which a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions H-1 to H-6 belonging to the lower layer of the function H is displayed in the fourth divided area 12d, the fourth divided area is displayed. A page switching button 17 written “2/2” is displayed on the upper right of 12d.

  Further, as shown in FIG. 18, a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting functions A-1-1 and A-1-2 belonging to the lower hierarchy of function A-1 are displayed in the second divided area 12b. In this state, when the user presses the page switching button 17 displayed in the second divided area 12b, a signal is transmitted from the display unit 10 to the touch panel unit 20 and displayed on the key matrix 30 as shown in FIG. It is confirmed which coordinate position on the screen 11 is pressed. In addition, the control management unit 60 confirms that the page switching button 17 has been pressed by referring to the second control execution unit 51b based on the signal input from the key matrix 30.

  Subsequently, by transmitting a signal from the control management unit 60 to the display unit 10, the functions A-1-1 and A-1-2 belonging to the lower layer of the function A-1 displayed on the first page are displayed. An image having a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selection and a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting functions A-1 to A-7 belonging to the lower hierarchy of function A displayed on the second page. As shown in FIG. 19, a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions A-1 to A-7 belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function A are displayed in the second divided area 12b as shown in FIG. The arranged image is displayed. At this time, the page switching button 17 written as “2/2” is displayed at the upper right of the second divided area 12b.

  Furthermore, in the present embodiment, unlike the first and second embodiments, a plurality of images are superimposed on each of any two divided areas of the first to fourth divided areas 12a, 12b, 12c, and 12d. When the part where the function selection button 13 does not exist in one divided area and the part where the function selection button 13 does not exist in the other divided area are pressed in order, the contents displayed in one divided area Is moved to the other divided area and displayed.

  For example, as shown in FIG. 19, a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting functions A-1 to A-7 belonging to the lower hierarchy of function A are displayed in the second divided area 12b and the fourth divided area In a state where a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions H-1-1 and H-1-2 belonging to the lower layer of the function H-1 are displayed in 12d, the user can When the part where the function selection button 13 does not exist in the four divided area 12d is pressed in order, as shown in FIG. 20, the functions A-1 to A-7 belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function A displayed in the second divided area 12b. An image in which a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting is arranged is moved to the fourth divided area 12d and displayed on the fourth divided area 12d.

  That is, when the user presses a portion where the function selection button 13 does not exist in the second divided region 12b, a signal is transmitted from the display unit 10 to the touch panel unit 20 as shown in FIG. 11 is checked which coordinate position has been pressed. Subsequently, when the user presses a portion where the function selection button 13 does not exist in the fourth divided region 12d, a signal is transmitted from the display unit 10 to the touch panel unit 20 and displayed on the key matrix 30 as shown in FIG. It is confirmed which coordinate position on the screen 11 is pressed. And the control management part 60 refers to the 2nd control execution part 51b based on the signal input from the key matrix 30, and has confirmed that the part in which the function selection button 13 in the 2nd division area 12b did not exist was pressed. Check. In addition, the control management unit 60 refers to the fourth control execution unit 51d based on the signal input from the key matrix 30, thereby confirming that the portion where the function selection button 13 does not exist in the fourth divided region 12d is pressed. Check.

  Then, when a signal is transmitted from the control management unit 60 to the control unit 50, an image for selecting a function belonging to a lower hierarchy of the function A stored in the second control execution unit 51b is stored in the second divided region 12b. Data to be displayed is moved to the fourth control execution unit 51d, and an image for selecting a function belonging to a lower layer of the function A is stored in the fourth control execution unit 51d as data to be displayed in the fourth divided area 12d. Is done.

  At this time, the second control execution unit 51b stores data for displaying an image for selecting a function belonging to a lower layer of the function A-1 in the second divided area 12b. Since there is no need to display an image superimposed on 12b, page number information is not assigned to this data.

  Further, at this time, the fourth control execution unit 51d has the data for displaying the function selection image belonging to the lower layer of the function H in the fourth divided region 12d and the function belonging to the lower layer of the function H-1. In addition to the data for displaying the image for selection in the fourth divided area 12d, the data for displaying the image for selecting the function belonging to the lower layer of the function A in the fourth divided area 12d is stored. Will be. As described above, the number of pages is determined according to the number of data stored in the fourth control execution unit 51d, and the first page of the data newly stored in the fourth control execution unit 51d. For each data already stored in the fourth control execution unit 51d, the page numbers of the second and subsequent pages in order from the latest stored in the fourth control execution unit 51d. Is provided as image data.

  That is, the first page corresponding to three pages with respect to the data for displaying the function selection image belonging to the lower layer of the function A newly stored in the fourth control execution unit 51d in the fourth divided area 12d. Information is given. Further, the data for displaying the function selection image belonging to the lower layer of the function H-1 already stored in the fourth control execution unit 51d and the function belonging to the lower layer of the function H are displayed in the fourth divided region 12d. The page number assigned to each of the data for displaying the selection image in the fourth divided region 12d is incremented by one. Then, the second page corresponding to three pages with respect to the data for displaying the function selection image belonging to the lower layer of the function H-1 already stored in the fourth control execution unit 51d in the fourth divided area 12d. 3 pages for the data for displaying the image for selecting the function belonging to the lower layer of the function H already stored in the fourth control execution unit 51d in the fourth divided area 12d. The information of the third page is added.

  Then, data for displaying the function selection image belonging to the lower layer of the function A-1 transmitted from the control unit 50 to the control management unit 60 is displayed in the lower layer of the function H-1 and the data for displaying in the fourth divided region 12d. Control based on data for displaying an image for selecting a function belonging to the fourth divided area 12d and data for displaying an image for selecting a function belonging to a lower hierarchy of the function H in the fourth divided area 12d In the management unit 60, an image to be displayed in the fourth divided region 12d is determined. Thereafter, a signal is transmitted from the control management unit 60 to the display unit 10 to select a plurality of functions for selecting the functions A-1 to A-7 belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function A as shown in FIG. An image in which a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions H-1-1 and H-1-2 in which the image in which the buttons 13 are arranged belongs to the lower layer of the function H-1 is selected and the function H are displayed. A plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions H-1 to H-6 belonging to the lower hierarchy are displayed on the fourth divided area 12d in a state of being superimposed on the image on which the functions are arranged.

  At this time, an image on which a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions A-1 to A-7 belonging to the lower layer of the function A is arranged is displayed on the first page of the fourth divided area 12d. In order to select the functions A-1 to A-7 belonging to the lower layer of the function A in order to display the fourth divided area 12d by replacing the images displayed on the first to third pages respectively. A page switching button 17 written as “1/3” is arranged on the image on which the plurality of function selection buttons 13 are arranged. A page in which “2/3” is written on an image in which a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions H-1-1 and H-1-2 belonging to the lower layer of the function H-1 are arranged. “3/3” is written on the image in which the switching button 17 is arranged and a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions H-1 to H-6 belonging to the lower layer of the function H are arranged. A page switching button 17 is arranged.

  Then, as shown in FIG. 20, an image in which a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions A-1 to A-7 belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function A is displayed in the fourth divided area 12d. Is displayed, the page switching button 17 written as “1/3” is displayed on the upper right of the fourth divided area 12d. In addition, an image in which a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions H-1-1 and H-1-2 belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function H-1 is displayed in the fourth divided area 12d. When the page switching button 17 written as “2/3” is displayed on the upper right of the fourth divided area 12d, the functions H-1 to H-6 belonging to the lower hierarchy of the function H are displayed in the fourth divided area 12d. When an image in which a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selection is arranged is displayed, a page switching button 17 written as “3/3” is displayed at the upper right of the fourth divided region 12d.

  In the image forming apparatus, when any two divided areas of the first to fourth divided areas 12a, 12b, 12c, and 12d have one image displayed on at least one of them, As in the first embodiment and the second embodiment, when a portion where the function selection button 13 does not exist in one divided region and a portion where the function selection button 13 does not exist in the other divided region are sequentially pressed, one division is performed. The content displayed in the area may be exchanged with the content displayed in the other divided area.

  Further, in the image forming apparatus, when a plurality of images are displayed in a superimposed manner on each of the second to fourth divided areas 12b, 12c, and 12d, as shown in FIGS. 18 to 21, the divided areas 12b and 12c are displayed. 12d, the page switching button 17 is displayed, but instead, as shown in FIG. 21, it indicates what function the image displayed on each page is for setting. At the same time, the function display buttons 18 for switching the images displayed on the respective pages to be displayed on the respective divided areas 12b, 12c, 12d are displayed on the respective second to fourth divided areas 12b, 12c, 12d. It doesn't matter.

  As shown in FIG. 21, for example, an image in which a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting a function belonging to a lower hierarchy of the function A is arranged on the first page on the upper side of the fourth divided area 12d. A function display button 18 written “A” is displayed to indicate that it is displayed, and a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting a function belonging to a lower hierarchy of the function H-1 are arranged on the second page. A function display button 18 written as “H-1” to indicate that an image is displayed is a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting a function belonging to a lower hierarchy of the function H on the third page. A function display button 18 written “H” is displayed in order to indicate that an image in which is placed is displayed. In this state, when the user presses the function display button 18 written as “H-1” displayed in the fourth divided area 12d, the display of the fourth divided area 12d is switched, and the lower layer of the function H-1 is displayed. An image in which a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting the functions H-1-1 and H-1-2 belonging to is arranged is displayed in the fourth divided region 12d.

  Thus, according to the present embodiment, since a plurality of images can be displayed in the first to fourth divided regions 12a, 12b, 12c, and 12d, the function selection button 13 is first pressed. Accordingly, if an image in which a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting an arbitrary function required by the user is displayed in each divided area 12a, 12b, 12c, 12d, each divided area 12a, 12b, Even when the display of 12c and 12d is switched, an image in which a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting an arbitrary function required by the user by pressing the page switching button 17 is displayed on each of the divided areas 12a and 12b. , 12c, 12d can be displayed at the head. Therefore, after the function selection button 13 is first pressed, the image displayed in each divided area 12a, 12b, 12c, 12d is selected again after the display of each divided area 12a, 12b, 12c, 12d is switched. By pressing the button 13, it is not necessary to display at the head of each divided area 12 a, 12 b, 12 c, 12 d, so that the operability of the image forming apparatus can be further improved and the usability of the image forming apparatus can be further improved. it can.

  Further, according to the present embodiment, when a plurality of images are displayed in a superimposed manner on each of the first to fourth divided areas 12a, 12b, 12c, and 12d, the function is applied to each divided area 12a, 12b, 12c, and 12d. By displaying the display button 18, it is possible to easily know what function the image displayed on the divided areas 12 a, 12 b, 12 c, and 12 d is set for. Even when a plurality of images are displayed on each of the first to fourth divided areas 12a, 12b, 12c, and 12d, any function required by the user can be obtained by pressing the function display button 18 only once. It is possible to display an image in which a plurality of function selection buttons 13 for selecting is arranged at the head of each divided area 12a, 12b, 12c, 12d.

  As described above, the present invention relates to an image forming apparatus, and is particularly useful for displaying information contents of various functions for setting image forming conditions on a display screen.

1 is a block diagram illustrating a configuration of an image forming apparatus according to the present invention. 6 is a diagram illustrating a state in which a plurality of function selection buttons for selecting functions A to I belonging to the highest hierarchy are displayed on a divided screen in the image forming apparatus according to Embodiment 1. FIG. 6 is a diagram illustrating a state in which a plurality of function selection buttons for selecting a function belonging to a lower layer of function A are displayed on a divided screen in the image forming apparatus according to the first embodiment. FIG. 6 is a diagram illustrating a state in which a plurality of function selection buttons for selecting a function belonging to a lower layer of the function A-1 are displayed on a divided screen in the image forming apparatus according to the first embodiment. FIG. 6 is a diagram illustrating a state in which a plurality of function selection buttons for selecting functions A to I belonging to the highest hierarchy are displayed in a first divided area in the image forming apparatus according to Embodiment 1. FIG. 6 is a diagram showing a state in which a plurality of function selection buttons for selecting a function belonging to a lower hierarchy of function A are displayed in a second divided area in the image forming apparatus according to Embodiment 1. FIG. 6 is a diagram showing a state in which a plurality of function selection buttons for selecting a function belonging to a lower hierarchy of a function E is displayed in a third divided area in the image forming apparatus according to Embodiment 1. FIG. In the image forming apparatus according to Embodiment 1, it is a diagram showing a state in which a plurality of function selection buttons for selecting a function belonging to a lower layer of the function A-1 is displayed in a fourth divided region. FIG. 6 is a diagram illustrating a state in which the content displayed in the second divided region and the content displayed in the fourth divided region are interchanged in the image forming apparatus according to the first embodiment. In the image forming apparatus according to the second embodiment, a part of a plurality of function selection buttons for selecting functions A to I belonging to the highest hierarchy in the first divided area is displayed. . FIG. 10 is a diagram illustrating content displayed in a first divided area by pressing an up / down movement button or a left / right movement button in the image forming apparatus according to the second embodiment. In the image forming apparatus according to the second embodiment, a part of a plurality of function selection buttons for selecting a function belonging to a lower hierarchy of the function A is displayed in a second divided area. In the image forming apparatus according to the second embodiment, a part of a plurality of function selection buttons for selecting a function belonging to a lower hierarchy of the function E is displayed in a third divided area. In the image forming apparatus according to the second embodiment, a part of a plurality of function selection buttons for selecting a function belonging to a lower hierarchy of the function A-1 is displayed in a fourth divided area. . FIG. 10 is a diagram illustrating a state where a boundary portion between a first divided region and a second divided region is moved rightward in the image forming apparatus according to the second embodiment. FIG. 10 is a diagram illustrating a state in which the content displayed in the first divided area and the content displayed in the second divided area are interchanged in the image forming apparatus according to the second embodiment. FIG. 10 is a diagram showing a state in which a plurality of function selection buttons for selecting a function belonging to a lower hierarchy of function H is displayed in a fourth divided region in the image forming apparatus according to the third embodiment. In the image forming apparatus according to the third embodiment, a page switching button is displayed in each of second to fourth divided areas. In the image forming apparatus according to the third embodiment, a plurality of function selection buttons for selecting a function belonging to a lower hierarchy of the function A is displayed in the second divided area by pressing a page switching button displayed in the second divided area. It is a figure which shows the state made. In the image forming apparatus according to the third embodiment, the content displayed in the second divided area is moved to the fourth divided area. FIG. 10 is a diagram illustrating a state in which function display buttons are displayed in the third and fourth divided areas in the image forming apparatus according to the third embodiment.

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DESCRIPTION OF SYMBOLS 10 Display part 11 Display screen 12 Split screen 12a 1st divided area 12b 2nd divided area 12c 3rd divided area 12d 4th divided area 13 Function selection button 14 Display switching button 15 Up / down movement button 16 Left / right movement button 17 Page switching button 18 Function display button 20 Touch panel unit 30 Key matrix 40 Database 50 Control unit 51a First control execution unit 51b Second control execution unit 51c Third control execution unit 51d Fourth control execution unit 60 Control management unit

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  1. An image is formed on the basis of image forming conditions set by selecting a plurality of functions corresponding to information contents displayed on the display screen, the display unit having a display screen for displaying information contents of a plurality of functions In the image forming apparatus that performs the operation,
    The display screen can be divided into three or more areas, and when the display screen is divided into the plurality of areas, the display screen is divided into a first area that is one of the plurality of areas. Information content of the functions belonging to the layer of the first layer, and when any one function is selected from the highest layer, the second region excluding the first region of the plurality of regions is displayed in the second region The information content of a function belonging to a lower hierarchy of any one function selected from the highest hierarchy is displayed, and when any one function is newly selected from the highest hierarchy, the plurality of functions are displayed. The information content of the function belonging to the lower hierarchy of any one function newly selected from the highest hierarchy is displayed in the third area excluding the first area and the second area of the areas. An image forming apparatus.
  2. In a state where the display screen is divided into three or more regions,
    When the information content of the function belonging to the highest hierarchy is displayed in the first area of the plurality of areas, and any one function is selected from the highest hierarchy, the plurality of areas Information contents of functions belonging to a lower hierarchy of any one function selected from the highest hierarchy in the second area, and information contents of functions displayed in the second area When one arbitrary function is selected based on the information, the arbitrary one selected based on the information content of the function displayed in the second area in the third area among the plurality of areas The image forming apparatus according to claim 1, wherein information contents of functions belonging to a lower hierarchy of the two functions are displayed.
  3. In a state where the display screen is divided into three or more regions,
    When the information content of an arbitrary function is displayed in each of two arbitrary regions of the plurality of regions, the information content of an arbitrary function displayed in one region and the information content displayed in the other region The image forming apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the information content of an arbitrary function is interchangeable.
  4. Each function has a function selection button for selecting any one function from a plurality of functions.
    4. The image forming apparatus according to claim 1, wherein any one function is selected from a plurality of functions by pressing the function selection button.
  5. A display switching button for dividing the display screen into a plurality of areas;
    5. The image forming apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the display screen is divided into a plurality of three or more areas by pressing the display switching button.
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