Icons++: An interface that enables quick file operations using icons

Xiangping Xie, Jiro Tanaka

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Abstract

In graphical user interfaces, when users want to operate on a file, they usually double-click the file icon to launch the associated application and open the file. Several file operations are available in the context menu by right-clicking, such as printing and deleting. However, if the user wants to perform some simple operations, such as copying the file contents, opening the file by an application and then selecting a menu, can be cumbersome. Furthermore, operations in the context menu are limited. Thus, in this paper we present Icons++, a user interface which allows users to perform the file operations they want in a quick way by using icons. Through the use of Icons++, users can take a quick look at the file contents, and at the same time they can perform often-used file operations with only one click, without opening the file by a relevant application. In this paper we present our design of Icons++ and the user studies we performed in order to evaluate it. Studies' results show that using Icons++ is 53% faster than using an application to execute the same task, and our interface is preferred by participants.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationACHI 2015 - 8th International Conference on Advances in Computer-Human Interactions
PublisherInternational Academy, Research and Industry Association, IARIA
Pages80-85
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781612083827
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event8th International Conference on Advances in Computer-Human Interactions, ACHI 2015 - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 2015 Feb 222015 Feb 27

Other

Other8th International Conference on Advances in Computer-Human Interactions, ACHI 2015
CountryPortugal
CityLisbon
Period15/2/2215/2/27

Keywords

  • File manager
  • File operation
  • Icon interface
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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction

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    Xie, X., & Tanaka, J. (2015). Icons++: An interface that enables quick file operations using icons. In ACHI 2015 - 8th International Conference on Advances in Computer-Human Interactions (pp. 80-85). International Academy, Research and Industry Association, IARIA.