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Method of Automatically Hiding Objects Based upon Frequency of Usage

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111576D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 49K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

On a graphical desktop, windows frequently contain a lengthy list of numerous objects such as icons or files. Many times the number of objects in the window become so large that all the objects cannot be shown to the user at one time, and the user must scroll forward, backward, right, or left to view additional objects in the window list. The user often maximizes the size of the window, then repeatedly scrolls past the same infrequently used objects in order to navigate to certain objects used more frequently. The user needs a method of navigating more quickly to frequently used objects, while keeping the size of the window as small as possible in order to save screen real estate.

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Method of Automatically Hiding Objects Based upon Frequency of Usage

      On a graphical desktop, windows frequently contain a lengthy
list of numerous objects such as icons or files.  Many times the
number of objects in the window become so large that all the objects
cannot be shown to the user at one time, and the user must scroll
forward, backward, right, or left to view additional objects in the
window list.  The user often maximizes the size of the window, then
repeatedly scrolls past the same infrequently used objects in order
to navigate to certain objects used more frequently.  The user needs
a method of navigating more quickly to frequently used objects, while
keeping the size of the window as small as possible in order to save
screen real estate.

      This system determines which objects are frequently used, and
it automatically resizes the window to its optimal required size and
automatically rearranges the contents of the window, based solely
upon the frequently used objects.

      Consider the case of a folder containing multiple icons.  The
frequently used icons are presented on the folder, and the folder is
automatically resized to the smallest optimal size required to show
only these frequently used icons.

The user can determine how the infrequently used objects will be
handled.

      The infrequently used objects might remain on the window, but
unseen by the user.  With this approach, the user could manually
resize the window to a...