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WI - CHALLENGE: Multiple selection on grouped items in a taskbar

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000191042D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Dec-14
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Dec-14
Document File: 2 page(s) / 46K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

The present publication discloses an usability improvement for computer systems using taskbar buttons for clustering and grouping applications adding the possibility to perform actions on multiple selected items in a group.

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WI - CHALLENGE: Multiple selection on grouped items in a taskbar

Computer systems use taskbars to handle computer applications and their associated files. Each Taskbar button is a user interface representation of a running task. In some computer systems these buttons can be grouped to have all the instances of the same application into one button in the taskbar. Grouping applications helps users that need a large number of different applications for their daily work since it avoids them to scroll the taskbar many times.

There are some actions that can be performed either on all the items of the group by right-click on the button either on a single item by right-click on it in the context menu of the button.

When there are a lot of items in a group, it could be useful to have the possibility to act only on some of them but at the moment this can be realized only selecting one item at time.

The improvement for the taskbar grouping functionality is to enable the context menu to act on multiple items in a group by selecting them using for example Right-click + Shift for sequential selection and Right-click + Control for non-sequential selection or any other defined key combination.

Imagine a user running and grouping application feature of the operating system that opens log files of servers with an editor to compare information, they're all instances of the same application so they are grouped into one button;

If the user wants to keep just one or two instances of the log and close all the other ones, he has to select them one by one, ri...