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Virtual Office Desktop Drawers

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000037961D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-31
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Franklin, SM: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article describes a method for grouping tasks and objects in an electronic office environment. It is often convenient for the user to store objects directly on the desktop window. However, this desktop may become cluttered as more tools are used. On a physical desk, the user has desk drawers which may be used to store and group objects, yet keep them within simple reach. This metaphor has been extended to the desktop window, which may be equipped with any number of desk drawers. The drawers may store any objects which the desktop window itself can store.

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Virtual Office Desktop Drawers

This article describes a method for grouping tasks and objects in an electronic office environment. It is often convenient for the user to store objects directly on the desktop window. However, this desktop may become cluttered as more tools are used. On a physical desk, the user has desk drawers which may be used to store and group objects, yet keep them within simple reach. This metaphor has been extended to the desktop window, which may be equipped with any number of desk drawers. The drawers may store any objects which the desktop window itself can store.

The user may wish to create drawers as a simple means of storing objects in order to clean up the desktop. He may also wish to use the drawers to store "virtual office desktops" (VOD's), in order to group items associated with a particular task in a separate drawer. He can then choose to bring that drawer to the desktop when desired and work with a new desktop.

Each time a new drawer is created, the icon representing the desktop is updated to reflect the addition of a new drawer workspace. Users can access drawers by pointing at the desired drawer in the drawer icon, causing the selected drawer to appear at the top of the desk. Users may also access drawers by selecting the drawer handles at the bottom of the desktop and dragging a drawer open. Objects may be moved between drawers in this manner.

If the items in the drawer have been grouped such that they form a complete worksp...