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Switching back to a previously-interacted-with application

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Switching back to a previously-interacted-with application


This document describes techniques and apparatuses for switching back to a previously-interacted-with application. In some embodiments, these techniques and apparatuses enable selection of a user interface not currently exposed on a display through a simple gesture that is both easy-to-use and remember.

Inventors: Chaitanya Dev Sareen, Tsz Yan Wong, Jesse Clay Satterfield, Matthew I. Worley, Bret P. Anderson, Nils A. Sundelin, Patrice L. Miner, Jennifer Nan, Robert J. Jarrett, David A. Matthews
USPTO Applicaton #: #20120304132 - Class: 715863 (USPTO) - 11/29/12 - Class 715 
Data Processing: Presentation Processing Of Document, Operator Interface Processing, And Screen Saver Display Processing > Operator Interface (e.g., Graphical User Interface) >Gesture-based

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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20120304132, Switching back to a previously-interacted-with application.

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BACKGROUND

moon Conventional techniques for selecting a previously-interacted-with application that is not currently exposed on a display are often confusing, take up valuable display space, cannot be universally applied across different devices, or provide a poor user experience.

Some conventional techniques, for example, enable selection of a previously-interacted-with application through onscreen controls in a task bar, within a floating window, or on a window frame. These onscreen controls, however, take up valuable display real estate and can annoy users by requiring users to find and select the correct control.

Some other conventional techniques enable selection of a previously-interacted-with application through hardware, such as hot keys and buttons. At best these techniques require users to remember what key, key combination, or hardware button to select. Even in the best case users often accidentally select keys or buttons. Further, in many cases hardware-selection techniques cannot be universally applied, as hardware on computing devices can vary by device model, generation, vendor, or manufacturer. In such cases, either the techniques will not work or work differently across different computing devices. This exacerbates the problem of users needing to remember the correct hardware, as many users have multiple devices, and so may need to remember different hardware selections for different devices. Further still, for many computing devices hardware selection forces users to engage a computing device outside the user\'s normal flow of interaction, such as when a touch-screen device requires a user to change his or her mental and physical orientation from display-based interactions to hardware-based interactions.

Still another conventional technique enables users to select a previously-interacted-with application by selecting to enter an application-selecting mode, search through various gesture-based controls, select the control, and then select to interact with the selected application\'s user interface once it is presented. As is readily apparent, this technique requires numerous user actions and can provide a poor user experience.

SUMMARY

This document describes techniques and apparatuses for switching back to a previously-interacted-with application. In some embodiments, these techniques and apparatuses enable selection of a user interface not currently exposed on a display through a simple gesture that is both easy-to-use and remember.

This summary is provided to introduce simplified concepts for switching back to a previously-interacted-with application that are further described below in the Detailed Description. This summary is not intended to identify essential features of the claimed subject matter, nor is it intended for use in determining the scope of the claimed subject matter. Techniques and/or apparatuses for switching back to a previously-interacted-with application are also referred to herein separately or in conjunction as the “techniques” as permitted by the context.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

Embodiments for switching back to a previously-interacted-with application are described with reference to the following drawings. The same numbers are used throughout the drawings to reference like features and components:

FIG. 1 illustrates an example system in which techniques for switching back to a previously-interacted-with application can be implemented.

FIG. 2 illustrates an example method for enabling edge gestures that can be used to select to switch back to a previously-interacted-with application, the edge gestures being approximately perpendicular to an edge in which the gesture begins.

FIG. 3 illustrates an example tablet computing device having a touch-sensitive display presenting an immersive interface.

FIG. 4 illustrates the example immersive interface of FIG. 3 along with example edges.

FIG. 5 illustrates the example immersive interface of FIGS. 3 and 4 along with angular variance lines from a perpendicular line and a line from a start point to a later point of a gesture.

FIG. 6 illustrates the edges of the immersive interface shown in FIG. 4 along with two regions in the right edge.

FIG. 7 illustrates an application-selection interface presented by a system-interface module in response to an edge gesture made over the immersive interface and webpage of FIG. 3.

FIG. 8 illustrates an example method for enabling edge gestures including determining an interface to present based on some factor of the gesture.

FIG. 9 illustrates an example method enabling expansion of, or ceasing presentation of, a user interface presented in response to an edge gesture or presentation of another user interface.

FIG. 10 illustrates a laptop computer having a touch-sensitive display having a windows-based email interface and two immersive interfaces.

FIG. 11 illustrates the interfaces of FIG. 10 along with two gestures having a start point, later points, and one or more successive points.

FIG. 12 illustrates the windows-based email interface of FIGS. 10 and 11 along with an email handling interface presented in response to an edge gesture.

FIG. 13 illustrates the interfaces of FIG. 12 along with an additional-email-options interface presented in response to a gesture determined to have a successive point a preset distance from the edge.

FIG. 14 illustrates a method for switching back to a previously-interacted-with application using a queue.

FIG. 15 illustrates an example interaction order in which a user interacts with various applications.



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stats Patent Info
Application #
US 20120304132 A1
Publish Date
11/29/2012
Document #
13118302
File Date
05/27/2011
USPTO Class
715863
Other USPTO Classes
International Class
06F3/033
Drawings
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