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Visual Status Indicator on the Taskbar for "Busy" Applications

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000028491D
Original Publication Date: 2004-May-17
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-May-17
Document File: 1 page(s) / 65K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a idea for adding a visual indicator for busy applications. In a graphical user interface (GUI) operating system environment such as Microsoft Windows, running applications are sometimes in a state where the user must wait for an operation to complete before the application can accept commands. For example, it can take up to 10 minutes for an Email's Inbox to open over a dialup connection. When using another application and then trying to switch over to your Inbox while it is actively working to refresh, the user must wait until the refresh is complete and the window is ready for input. The only way to know if the application is busy is to manually click on the application. The user may need to switch from their current application to the busy application several times to check whether it is still busy or not.

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Visual Status Indicator on the Taskbar for "Busy" Applications

Proposed Solution:

Some type of status indicator on the "open" application that appears on the Taskbar, for example, an hour glass or B for busy. This indicator lets you know exactly when your application completes processing information and you can switch to that application without waiting.

A simpler solution allows the cursor to change to an hour glass when you hover over busy applications on the taskbar. Windows is designed to change the mouse cursor when you hover over a busy application window. However, if that application is minimized to the taskbar or hidden behind another window, the mouse cursor does not reflect the status of the window.

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