Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)

A device displays a plurality of selectable user interface objects that include one or more folder icons on a display. The device recognizes an initial input requesting to select the icon of a folder for a folder which has an array of icons that can be selected, divided between several distinct displayed pages of a folder view. The device shows the first page of the folder view following it has detected the first input. The device displays the first page of the folder. It the device detects another input. This corresponds to an request for a new page to be displayed. When it detects the second input, the device stops to show the first page and instead displays the second folder view page.

The use of touch-sensitive surfaces as input devices for computers and other electronic devices for computing has grown significantly in recent years. The most prominent touch-sensitive surfaces are touch screens and pads. These surfaces are extensively used to manage folders through manipulating the user interface elements that can be selected on a display.

Examples of manipulations include creating folders, displaying an overview of the directory associated with an image file, or adding objects for user interfaces (e.g. application icons documents icons, folder icons, or application icons). You can add a new folder, erase an existing folder, or move selectable userinterface items from the view of the folder. Exemplary selectable userinterface objects include icons representing applications, digital images, video, text, icons, and other documents, as well as applications icons that are associated with computing applications (e.g., mobile device applications and/or personal computerapplications, etc. ).

However, the methods currently used to perform these tasks are complicated and inefficient. For example using a series of inputs to create, alter and/or delete folders and content within folders is tedious and imposes a huge cognitive burden on the user. In addition, the methods currently in use are slower than necessary and consume energy. This is especially true of batteries-powered devices.

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