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Desktop Icon

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000037481D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-29
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kerr, LL: AUTHOR

Abstract

Provided is an environment familiar to the user to overcome the new users' anxiety of using a new office system and concepts, a desktop icon resembling an office desk on which to "park" icons which represent active applications.

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Desktop Icon

Provided is an environment familiar to the user to overcome the new users' anxiety of using a new office system and concepts, a desktop icon resembling an office desk on which to "park" icons which represent active applications.

The technique provides a desktop icon which gives the user a comfortable feeling about first learning and then using a new system. It also provides an easy to follow, uncluttered screen for quicker access to required applications similar to unlocking desk in the morning and putting work to be done that day on desktop. The user can customize what appears on the desktop by completing a profile when installing the system. With easy to follow questions and/or icons you can choose to simulate your experience with computers, what type of work you do most often, in summary, what you want to see on your desktop as you arrive at work in the morning to work with that day or every day. You could also customize for a day or a week at a time based on the type of work you will be performing. Desktop could also be reduced to icon. Only active applications running at that time will be represented on the desktop. Other available but not active applications will be presented to the user in the background.

Advantages to the user include a more usable, easy to learn and use system, customization of system according to user needs and complexity desired based on experience. The system can grow with the users' needs and experience. The desktop woul...