Browse Prior Art Database

Enhanced Application Chooser

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000031364D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Sep-22
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Sep-22
Document File: 1 page(s) / 29K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a system for enhancing the interface of giving window focus to one window of a number of windows in the Microsoft Windows* operating system.

This text was extracted from a PDF file.
This is the abbreviated version, containing approximately 69% of the total text.

Page 1 of 1

Enhanced Application Chooser

Disclosed is a system for enhancing the interface of giving window focus to one window of a number of windows in the Microsoft Windows* operating system. When "Alt-tabbing" to switch to a certain application in Microsoft Windows, many times, one has to go through a number of applications before getting to the windows representing the application they would like to get to. Many times, the applications one has to cycle through are running a task in the background that the user needs to have running, however, the user does not want to have to have this application in their "alt-tab" list. The proposed system aims to enhance the interface of choosing running applications in the Windows environment. In the system, the user will have added options when they reference an application which is minimized in their taskbar. The user will be able to right click on the application and choose an option "Hide this application from my taskbar." As implied, this will hide the running application from the taskbar, freeing up taskbar space for the user. The user will also be able to right click and choose an option of "Hide this application in my alt-tab choices." Accordingly, the hidden application will not show up in the user's alt-tab choices when alt-tab is pressed for as long as the application is running. Of course, the user may not want that application to show up in their task bar or alt-tab choices for future uses. In this case, the user will be...