In the upper right-hand corner of the user interface you find a row of icons that give direct access to your personal objects. These icons of the instant access bar are available in each of your folders or workspaces.
Your personal workspace or home folder is the folder that may only be accessed by yourself and contains all your folders and all workspaces where you are a member. If you click on the home folder icon in one of your other private objects, you return to the private folder or shared workspace that you visited last. Another click on the home folder icon brings you to the home folder itself.
Your personal portal for BSCW can show the contents of important workspaces, an overview of recent BSCW events and current appointments from your BSCW calendar. You can also include external programs (e.g. news, weather forecast, maps).
The listing of your community workspaces contains all such workspaces with communities where you are a member. Communities allow workspace access for large groups of users equipped with equal access rights, keeping performance independent of community size; they also offer self-organized platforms for users with similar interests.
The clipboard serves as an intermediate store when cutting and copying.
The trash helps to prevent unauthorized or unintentional deletion of objects. In BSCW, an object can be irrevocably destroyed only from its owner’s trash.
The address book is mainly used to invite new members to your workspaces and to assign specific roles when necessary.
The calendar helps you manage your appointments.
The bookmarks contain your collected bookmarks and offer quick access to the objects referred to by the bookmarks.
The briefcase is used to synchronize BSCW documents with their counterparts on a local computer.