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An efficient way to switch over windows for different tasks on desktop

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236963D
Publication Date: 2014-May-23
Document File: 9 page(s) / 146K

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Abstract

During work, it is frequently required to switch between different tasks. Usually each task needs to open several windows (tools, doc, websites and etc.) at the same time.When we turn back to one previous task, there could be too many icons available on the tool bar, and thus it is usually time-consuming to find out the ones we want to open, especially when there are even sub items under the icons like email box and folder. There should be a more efficient way to do this. The key point of our solution is to group the windows and their icons for one task on the desktop, to form one layer for each task. While clicking any one of the grouped icons, all of the other icons will also pop up on the top of the desktop, with previously defined position and size. Our solution enables us to select out all the windows required for one task in a faster and relatively convenient way. Besides, grouping windows for one task could help to better organize the work.

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An efficient way to switch over windows for different tasks on desktop

During work, it is frequently required to switch between different tasks. Usually each task needs to open several windows (tools, doc, websites and etc.) at the same time for reference. Yet, there could be too many icons available on the tool bar. When we turn back to one previous task, it is usually time-consuming to find out the ones we want to open, especially when there are even sub items under the icons like email box icons and folders. Thus, there should be a more efficient way to do this.

The key point of our solution is to group the windows and their icons for one task on the desktop , to form one layer for each task. While clicking any one of the grouped icons, all of the other icons will also pop up on the top of the desktop , with previously defined position and size.

Our solution enables us to select out all the windows required for one task in a faster and relatively convenient way. Besides, grouping windows for one task could help to better organize the work.

How it works:

1> . Suppose we are working on one task, with these windows opened as in Figure1.:

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Figure 1.

2> Later, suppose we need to turn to another task/several other tasks for a while, e.g., to attend the online meeting, or to deal

with an urgent issue.

Now we need to make the layer (group the opened windows) for current task:

Enable the "group windows" function, and there will be an icon as circled in Figure 2.:

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Figure 2.

3> Click the icon. In the drop-down list (as in Figure 3.), select " Record". Then the current pop-up windows on the desktop will be recorded as a group with their current position and size. This is what we called the "layer" for this task.

Figure 3.

4> Now let's move to other tasks.

5> Later, when we want to get back to previous task, just find any one of the icons/windows of this task(e.g. the most easy-to-find one - database icon as circled in red) and click it. Here we see the whole layer of this task will appear as in Figure
4., with: 1> ALL the grouped windows remain their size and position; 2> Any other windows that are Not belong to this layer will be minimized.

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Figure 4.

6> If we want to remove the layer, while the layer is opened, click the "Remove" option to ungroup all the icons/windows.

Figure 5.

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Please note:
1> If current windows on the desktop are a layer, the drop-down list will show "Remove";

2> Otherwise, it will show "Record".

For "Ignore" function:

This is a supplementary case: during another task, we might want to open one of the grouped windows of previous task for reference. To avoid open the whole layer while clicking that window, we can use the "Ignore" function. After clicking "Ignore", any layer definition will NOT take any effec...