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Open in New Window X Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015530D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Apr-19
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20

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Disclosed is a concept that improves a user’s interactive experience with a computer. Specifically, the concept aims to improve operating systems that make use of windows to present their interface to the user. The idea is to allow the user to select which window an application will appear in on the fly. The user will be able to create a window on their desktop and name it. In the future, when an application is opened, the user will be provided with a list of “opened” windows that can serve as a target location for the chosen application. The user can specify they want the newly opened application to be housed in one the existing windows (and will be prompted with a pull-down of possible targets) or the user can opt to dedicate a new window to the newly spawned application. By choosing an existing window, the user knows beforehand the location and size of the window that will be used to house the newly opened application. Of course, the user may inadvertently choose a window that is being used to house an active application. If this is the case, the operating system would prompt the user that in order to house their newly opened application in the “occupied” window, they will need to close the “old” application. 1