A screen hotspot, in computing, provides a special area on the display screen of a computer for hyperlinking or for other GUI-based activity (such as re-direction, pop-up display, macro execution, etc.).
Hotspots may not look visually distinct; however, a mouseover operation will often reveal them by changing the shape of the pointer icon. Detecting hotspots, however, has a patent. Hotspots are used extensively in Windows 8.
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