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Author Topic: Managing tasks / windows like real time strategy games  (Read 4397 times)

justice

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Managing tasks / windows like real time strategy games
« on: October 06, 2008, 04:24:43 AM »
A great post on the Windows 7 Engineering blog about Managing windows in windows 7 got me thinking again on window management

I tend to work on several different tasks, each with their own windows. Usually this is a web development task, a web research task, maybe an email / administration task and a file management task. For example the webdevelopment task can consist of Dreamweaver, beyond compare, several browsers, remote desktop, visual studio.
That's 6 windows for one task, and then with 4 tasks this can easily get to 15+ windows.

The taskbar, systemtray, alt-tab etc don't work very well in this scenario. Instead of using virtual desktops which are never very well implemented in my opinion, I was thinking about creating window groups ala RTS games:

* Define a group by selecting multiple windows on the taskbar, then ctrl-<number> them
* ctrl-numbering with no windows selected should remove the group.
* Switch to a group by pressing windowkey-number (unfortunately number only will conflict, although windows+number is also the hotkey for quick launch icons bah) - this should minimize or hide (?) the other groups.
* add the current window to a group by activating it and pressing shift-number
* remove the current window from a group by activating it and pressing alt-number

Would this be worth pursueing?
« Last Edit: October 06, 2008, 04:29:37 AM by justice »

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Re: Managing tasks / windows like real time strategy games
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2008, 04:47:59 AM »
Sounds like a good idea to me!


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Re: Managing tasks / windows like real time strategy games
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2008, 08:59:08 AM »
Sounds like it could actually be pretty useful - I, too, find that multiple virtual desktops never really worked very well for me. But something along your ideas might, and it could probably be implemented just fine as a third-party utility :)
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Re: Managing tasks / windows like real time strategy games
« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2008, 03:02:32 AM »
 :) Have you tried WinGroup WinStep ?

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Step through groups of windows using hotkeys.

  Ctrl-0: Add a window to a Group0
  Ctrl-1: Add a window to a Group1
    ...

  Alt-0 : Show the next window of Group0
  Alt-1 : Show the next window of Group1
    ...

Features:
- User defined hotkeys and sounds.

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« Last Edit: October 08, 2008, 09:11:51 PM by skrommel »

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Re: Managing tasks / windows like real time strategy games
« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2008, 03:12:42 AM »
:) Have you tried WinGroup?

I don't see WinGroup in the list...

EDIT: There it is, as WinStep.


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Re: Managing tasks / windows like real time strategy games
« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2008, 03:38:39 AM »
damn you're good lemme try :D Nice good step i'll keep using this for a while :)
« Last Edit: October 07, 2008, 03:42:56 AM by justice »