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User interface widget toolbox

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000250988D
Publication Date: 2017-Sep-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 177K

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User Interface Widget Toolbox

Disclosed is a system for a user interface (UI) widget toolbox that intelligently suggests features commonly used by people in the user’s social or professional network. The system automatically displays the top ranked recommended features in the toolbox on the UI in the form of a gadget

Efficiently using software tools increases productivity; however, many software applications have functionalities that are not obvious (are “hidden”) to all users, which deprives those users of maximum efficiency.

For instance, when a long number or a long string populates a cell in an MS Excel* worksheet, it is not entirely visible. If the user wants to read the full number, then one tactic is to select the cell and drag the border of the column to the right to see the full number/string. If the number/string is very long, then the user must manually continue dragging the column border. A more efficient tactic for viewing the entire cell is not obvious to all users: double-click the column edge to automatically expand the cell to the end of the content. If the user never searches for on-line help or asks friends, the user might never know about this trick.

A system or method is needed to bring practical insights to users (e.g., from friends, coworkers, etc.) through the application, and improve the user’s efficiency.

The novel contribution is a system for a user interface (UI) widget toolbox that intelligently suggests features that people in the user’s social or professional networks commonly use to improve efficiency with an application. The system automatically displays the top ranked recommended features in the toolbox on the UI in the form of a gadget: "Features commonly used by your friends and coworkers". Alternatively, the system can launch a just-in-time video demonstrating the features in the software application. The system might also add a tab to the toolbox that provides a view of commonly used features in the same appli...

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