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Grouping the Idle Applications in taskbar into one area.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000172163D
Original Publication Date: 2008-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2008-Jul-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 79K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a method of grouping idle applications in taskbar into one area. The idea is dividing the taskbar into two groups, the first group works (called working group) as the same as before and the second one (called idle group) is for the idle applications. System will put the idle applications (not in used currently, and user can define the idle time interval) into the second group and user can do some actions on them within one click.

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Grouping the Idle Applications in taskbar into one area .

1. Background: While using Microsoft Windows or other GUI, the
taskbar is very convenient to switch running application. But
sometimes ten or more windows would be opened in the same time
and there're a lot of buttons listed in the taskbar. It will
spend additional efforts to find the exact one which we want
to use from lots of buttons.

    Windows XP offers a taskbar function called "Group the
similar buttons"; it's helpful for such circumstance. But this
function always groups the same application buttons. In case
of some buttons not in used currently and being idle for a
long time, this function does not sort out such buttons.

    Here's a simple scenario: User opened ten telnet
sessions, nine for system monitoring and one for command
input. In the same time, user opened a web browser to find the
command reference material. So user always switches the focus
between the web browser and the telnet session for command
input. The taskbar function offered by Windows XP does not
help for such scenario because user has to find the exact
telnet session in the button list.
2. Description:

   The idea is dividing the taskbar into two groups, the
first group works (called working group) as the same as before
and the second one (called idle group) is for the idle
applications. System will put the idle applications (not in
used...