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User Interface (UI) Icon Cloud for an OS Application Frequency Presentation Disclosure Number: IPCOM000199087D
Publication Date: 2010-Aug-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 446K

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Today a users desktop has many icons (shortcut icons and direct access icons) arranged in groups across the screen. Many users put similar icons on their desktop to ease the opening of those applications and documents of high interest. Today there is no way for the user to visually see which applications/documents they use the most just by looking at their desktop.

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User Interface (UI) Icon Cloud for an OS Application Frequency Presentation

Proposed is a system, method, and User Interface to modify existing operating system desktop icons dynamically to indicate frequency of use.

Operating System tracks user behavior:



Length of Use

Applications Opened


Time of Day


Day of Week


Other Contextual Data around the running programs




The list is translated into a tag cloud as known in the art.


This data is used to create a smart list of the most common used applications


The icon associated with each application or document is modified



Removed is not within the frequency list

Added if not already present


Increased in size if the application/document is used more frequency


Decreased in size if the application/document is not as popular


The icons are displayed to the user on the user's current desktop.



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The user may choose to keep the user's other shortcuts or just use the dynamic icon cloud.

The icons function just as the icons do today. If the user clicks on one of the icons

the document/application associated will open.

Additional Considerations

Users may set preferences associated with their Icon Cloud. For example, users might not want to completely crowd the user's desktop. Instead of having an icon for each and every application/document, the user may choose the top 10, 20, etc. to display.

Another preference might be the max and min size of the icons. May...