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Methods and systems directed to browser tab management

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000242978D
Publication Date: 2015-Sep-04
Document File: 3 page(s) / 134K

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Abstract

This invention is trying to solve the problem that how easily find out the tab needed when there are too many tabs in the browser. This invention is to provide a group of up and down arrows to rotate the tabs in the bar. So it is easily to find the tab needed. Improve the efficiency of searching a specific tab from many opened tabs. A new method to efficiently manages tab switching of browser.

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Methods and systems directed to browser tab management

Modern browsers are all tab-based (tabbed browser). Now day more and more content or data are viewed or found in internet via web browser. When a user opens many tabs in browser (for example 15 tabs opened), it is hard for him to look up specific tab which he just viewed from so many tabs. Because: a, Tabs' length are shorten and their title are hard to identify.Need click tab one by oneuntil find the specific tab.

Figure Figure

Figure

11: 15 tabs opened!

Tabs and their title are shorten badly in figure 1. Need click one by oneor close some of them to find specific tab. User experience is terrible.

b, Tabs are hidden.Need click

to show tab out one by oneto locate the specific tab.

Figure

Figure

22: 15 tabs opened, some of tabs are hidden.

of them to find specific tab.

New methods of browser tab management is designed to help end-user cope with these situation more efficiently and provider better user experience. As figure 3 or figure 4 showed:

Figure Figure

33:

Tab title is displayed, user experience is better than figure 1. But need click

click <

<
or

or

> to switch hidden tabs out one by one

to switch hidden tabs out one by one or close some

Figure

Figure

44:

When click it

When click it

When click it,

,, current displayed tabs are all hidden

current displayed tabs are all hidden

current displayed tabs are all hidden,

,, another group tabs will be displayed backward.

:

:

auto

auto

auto-

--hidden

hidden

hidden,

,, if mouse focuses on browser tab management area

if mouse focuses on browser tab management area

if mouse focuses on browser tab management area,

,, displayed automatically

displayed automatically

displayed automatically.

.

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② ②

②:

:: auto

auto

auto-

--hidden

hidden

hidden,

,, if mouse f

if mouse f

if mouse fo

oocuses on browser tab

cuses on browser tab

cuses on browser tab

management area

management area

management area,

,, dis

dis

displ

pl

played automatically

ayed automatically

ayed automatically. .

For example, 20 tabs are opened in figure 3 & 4 (tab5, tab6, tab7...tab13, total 9 tabs displayed simultaneously, now tab rolling unit is 9 tabs each time), based on below tab rolling rule:

By clicking ①② By clicking ①②,

W

WWhen click it

hen click it

hen click it,

,, current displayed tabs are all hidden

current displayed tabs are all hidden

current displayed tabs are all hidden,

,, another group tabs will be displayed forward.

.

,, end

end

end-

--user can go through all opened tabs quickly

user can go through all opened tabs quickly.

.

one time

one time.

.

Note: rolling by 9 tabs each time just for show-how, not a designed exact number, maybe can based on user-defined or screen resolution.

The new methods

new methods

an

an

switched one time

switched one time;

If click ②

If click ②

If click ②,

If click ①

If click ①,

,, switching tabs forward

switching tabs forward (((clockwise

clockwise

,, switching tabs backward

switching tabs...