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MOVE APPLICATIONS ON TASKBAR

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000011635D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Mar-11
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Mar-11
Document File: 2 page(s) / 237K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Implementing this idea, Users will have the chance to decide the same ordered sequence of icons in the bottom of the screen of a PC Monitor. This would be of help for example in case one application abnormally ends.

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MOVE APPLICATIONS ON TASKBAR

Implementing this idea, Users will have the chance to decide the same ordered sequence of icons in the bottom of the screen of a PC Monitor. This would be of help for example in case one application abnormally ends.

    Let's suppose you are using a Windows environment. When you logon, icons will appear on the bottom of the screen in the order the applications are started. For example, if you start Word, then Excel then Netscape you will have the following:

    If you usually use many applications, you will have a lot of similar icons; usually users selects icons in a mnemonic way: they know the first icon is, for example, word, the second one Lotus Notes, the third one Netscape and so on. Let's suppose Lotus Notes abnormally ends or needs to be recycled for somewhat reason. When User starts it again, its icon will go to the last position on the bottom of the screen. This would bring to some confusion and waste of time. This problem is stressed most of all in case icons are very similar.

    The idea is that icons will appear on the bottom of the screen always in the same order. This could be implemented by giving a priority to each application: for example when installing it, or when accessing it for the very first time.

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This way Users will always have the same sequence of applications and could work more easily.

Another useful application of this idea can be the following. Us...