US Patent No: 7,707,197

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System and method for filtering and organizing items based on common elements

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A system and method for filtering and organizing items from computer memories based on common elements is provided. Filters can be provided for manipulating the items, which serve as tools for narrowing down a set of items. The filters can be dynamically generated based on the properties of the separate items. The system can utilize virtual folders. The virtual folders can expose regular files and folders to users in different views based on their metadata instead of the actual physical underlying file system structure on the disk. Quick links can be provided, which serve as a set of predefined links (e.g., located on the left side of the display) that can be clicked on to generate useful views of the sets of items. Libraries, which can provide large groups of usable types of items that can be associated together, may also be used.

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MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLCREDMOND, WA26792

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Banks, Richard M Egham, GB 41 709
De, Vorchik David G Seattle, US 57 695
Ivanovic, Relja Redmond, US 21 299
Kaasten, Shaun A Calgary, CA 16 228
Miner, Patrice L Kirkland, US 66 653
Moore, Jason F Redmond, US 36 416
Tubbs, Kenneth M Bellevue, US 20 252

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5,907,837 Information retrieval system in an on-line network including separate content and layout of published titles 416 1995
5,760,770 System and method for defining a view to display data 55 1996
6,021,262 System and method for detection of, notification of, and automated repair of problem conditions in a messaging system 98 1996
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5,886,694 Method for automatically laying out controls in a dialog window 62 1997
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6,473,100 Hosting controls in a window via an interface for controlling the window 25 1998
6,326,953 Method for converting text corresponding to one keyboard mode to text corresponding to another keyboard mode 32 1998
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6,466,238 Computer operating system that defines default document folder for application programs 79 1998
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