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Dynamically Assignable Desktops

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000016625D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Jul-07
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jul-07
Document File: 1 page(s) / 36K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

The implementation of the "Desktop" in Windows is actually just an arbitrary folder usually tucked away in some location in the file system that is not very accessible to the user (plus some desktop specific attributes that indicate the wallpaper, etc.). This is an inferior approach since it makes manipulation of files stored on the desktop difficult. Also, many window based GUIs also only support 1 desktop per user. Described herein is a method of dynamically assigning the locations of desktop-type folders on a per user basis.

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Dynamically Assignable Desktops

      Since the implementation of the "Desktop" in Windows is actually just an arbitrary folder with special additional properties, to implement this mechanism, the user should be allowed to right click on any folder icon and select an item from the resulting context menu titled "Convert to Desktop." Any folder that is selected in this way will be assigned all of the properties of a "windows" desktop. One advantage of this is that when a new desktop is created, that desktop will already be populated with the contents of the targeted folder. This desktop can also exist, via this mechanism, anywhere in the file system. The desktop will also be added to an internal queue of available desktops that the user will be allowed to switch between. Since this system allows for multiple desktops, there can be the concept of a "primary" desktop. The significance of a primary desktop could be only in that it is the first to display upon boot, or have more implementation specific meaning.

    In similar fashion, the user should be allowed to right-click on any folder that is a "desktop" and select an item entitled "Convert to Folder." This action should strip the folder of any desktop specific properties.

    The user should be forced to have at least one desktop at all times. As an enhanced method of switching between these desktops, the user could perform a double-click action on an empty area of the desktop to switch to the next desktop in the queue. The us...