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Adjusting user shortcuts based upon time of day and regular tasks Disclosure Number: IPCOM000200141D
Publication Date: 2010-Sep-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 46K

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A program is disclosed that allows a user to have varying sets of shortcuts, programs running and screen rotations based upon the timely habits of that user. The program disclosed would understand the users usage patterns throughout the day and helps automate the process of switching applications or other activities, allowing the user to become more productive by customising their interface for them.

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Adjusting user shortcuts based upon time of day and regular tasks

Users commonly share a computer for work and pleasure, or for different parts of their work. During the day a user may use their computer for very different tasks, such as in the morning checking email - at lunch checking the news, in the afternoon checking the status of a set of defects. Currently a user will open the applications they are using based on shortcuts on their desktop or navigating a typical menu system to find the application to meet their tasks' needs.

    As more and more applications are needed for people's jobs, the desktop interface is increasingly cluttered and in most cases, a large amount of on-screen real estate is taken up by irrelevant notifications and applications which are not useful as they are not needed by the user at this particular time.

    The program disclosed would although the user to have a custom screen layout dependant upon the time of day. This custom screen layout will be built through automated understanding of a user's habits; the system will learn what programs users use during each broad areas of the day such as morning, afternoon and evening.

    Once the program disclosed has learnt what applications you are typically using in each area of the day it will automatically reorganise your screen depending on the time of the day. This means irrelevant applications and notifications will be ignored or removed, bringing only the applications and documents you work on habitually to your attention. The user would still be able to access all other documents and programs in the normal fashion.

    Current solutions mean that a user has to do this level of organisation manually, or use different computer systems for their work during the morning and afternoon and their leisure in the evening. This proposed system would disregard the need for the user to reorganise their screen manually, or simply do away with the stress and distraction of multiple unnecessary screen windows. It would also mean that a person could easily use their one computer in multiple environments without the worry that documents / applications which are irrelevant for the time of the day will distract the user. As an example - during the morning and afternoon - the persons' computer would run the email software and instant messaging software whereas during the evening the person wants to be non contactable to enjoy their own time. This software would automate the process of removing the email and instant messaging software from the desktop and automatically run applications - and the next morning the person would open their computer with their email and instant messaging client...