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Method and System for Associating and Grouping Multiple Window Templates with Associated Applications

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000245182D
Publication Date: 2016-Feb-17
Document File: 3 page(s) / 106K

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Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for associating and grouping multiple window templates with associated applications.

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Method and System for Associating and Grouping Multiple Window Templates with Associated Applications

Users tend to see specific applications at a certain place or position on a display screen, with the predefined application window sizes and order that the users typically

prefer. Often times a user keeps a set of specific applications/windows opened at the

same time. The window sizes and dimensions as well as groups of commonly used applications can vary from person to person. Many users keep specific tasks/jobs that

dictate which applications are needed, for instance a customer service representative

working at an investment brokerage firm, may keep a chat session for customer issues,

windows for viewing customer accounts, and calculator. Currently users who want an application to launch at a specific place, size, and dimension must rely on the place, size, and dimension where it was last closed. The preferred placement becomes the last placement at closing time of each application. On subsequent launches, the application need to be resized to actual preferred placement. Other applications such as browser based may require a different size windows depending on what the URL. In this case the URL is really application being presented in the browser window. Currently users who need to launch a series of common applications do so by launching them one by one, then sizing each how they want them to appear and in the order they appear. The process is repetitive and become more tedious when more applications are added. There is a need for method and system that marks predefined areas of the screen, associate them with certain application, and make the applications act as a group.

Disclosed is a method and system for associating and grouping multiple window templates with associated applications. The method and system allows user to pre-define an application window placement and dimension and storing as a template, and subsequently define which application should utilize the template when invoked. Several windows templates are also associated with associated applications into a group. Actions done for one application in the group affects others in the same

grouping.

In accordance with the method and system, the user selects an arbitrarily placed button/action/keystroke that alerts the system the user would like to activate the screen template mechanism. All active elements on the GUI surface are temporarily disabled

to allow drawing of the template. The user then creates a window template by selecting the area in which the user preferable likes to appear a launched application, using actions such as, by clicking, holding and dragging the mouse to create a rectangle. The user then associates an application to the template area created. Subsequently, when

the application is launched it renders in template area that is previously defined (with windows placement and dimensions). The user may then associate more than 1 application to a temp...