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IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000234862D
Publication Date: 2014-Feb-11
Document File: 2 page(s) / 45K

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Abstract

When using computers, there are times a user will want to undertake multiple actions on one, or more files. Presently, there is no way for a user to be able to do so without having to locate the files for each activity that they wish to undertake. This is a slower process, and has not been changed for many years with computing technologies. The disclosed technique looks to solve said problem, using the below example as a demonstration.

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Gesture Toolbox

When using computers, there are times a user will want to undertake multiple actions on one, or more files.

    Presently, there is no way for a user to be able to do so without having to locate the files for each activity that they wish to undertake. This is a slower process, and has not been changed for many years with computing technologies. The disclosed technique looks to solve said problem, using the below example as a demonstration.

    If a user wants to open one, or many spreadsheet documents, edit, save, copy into a new folder, then email the file(s) they will need to find all of the files, open them each individually, edit them, save each file individually, re-locate each now saved file, copy each file individually to the new folder, then grab all of the new files and drag them into an email client.

    Above and beyond manually performing each individual action against each individual file, existing related solutions include:

    On older Windows systems it is possible to select a number of files and right click and select 'open with' and select an application. All selected files open with the selected application. Once the files are open, there is no longer any idea of the collection of files. It is therefore not possible to perform any further single actions across all the files.

    Batch programs can be written, that run on the command line, and take the names of the application, and of multiple files and opens them all and performs actions on them e.g. http://www.instructables.com/community/how-to-open-two-word-files-in-command-prompt/ The script would be fairly set in stone, so wouldn't have the flexibility to perform many different actions. You would need to write, or already have a script to perform each set of actions. I...