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Method for Minimizing Previewing and Restoring Running Applications

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000196671D
Original Publication Date: 2010-Jun-24
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2010-Jun-24
Document File: 1 page(s) / 419K

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Abstract

Some PC-applications (Personal Computer) spread their content over several windows. These windows can be maximized over the entire screen, minimized to the task bar or restored to a window which can be adjusted in position and size. In an application with many open windows it can be difficult to find the desired one. Some operating systems with graphical interface offer a task bar which shows a small icon for every window. In case of a single application with several windows the icons are identical. Therefore the user has to search the desired window by clicking one by one.

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Method for Minimizing Previewing and Restoring Running Applications

Idea: Bernd Steiner, DE-Nuremberg

Some PC-applications (Personal Computer) spread their content over several windows. These windows can be maximized over the entire screen, minimized to the task bar or restored to a window which can be adjusted in position and size. In an application with many open windows it can be difficult to find the desired one.

Some operating systems with graphical interface offer a task bar which shows a small icon for every window. In case of a single application with several windows the icons are identical. Therefore the user has to search the desired window by clicking one by one.

In the following a solution is proposed called "Window Docking Bars". These docking bars are flexible user interface elements where windows can be docked on to as small previews. The docking bars can be resized and freely arranged on the desktop according to the user's needs. By double-clicking a docked window it restores automatically to the last position, size and screen where it was positioned before docking. It is also possible to drag the windows from the docking bar to a new position or screen. Then it only restores its previous size. By using a hotkey or an other usability element, even all docked windows can be restored at once. To operate unhindered on the desktop, the docking bars can be hidden. Figure 1 illustrates many applications being dragged onto two docking bars.

One advantage...