Capturing information of a user navigating their desktop menus and filesystem RRS feed

  • Question

  • I want to write a program to get information on how a user navigates through their computer outside of typical user programs. I guess that means I only care about interactions with the filesystem and the system menus.

    For example, in Windows Vista or 7:

    a user clicks Start (the Windows icon) --> Pictures --> Sample Pictures --> double clicks on Jellyfish.jpg --> Windows Photo Viewer launches with Jellyfish.jpg opened

    I would want to log in a file all those steps in terms of the exact path of the files/folders that are being acted upon and what action is happened to them.

    Ex: (path to launching Start menu command), selected (Pictures shortcut), selected C:\Users\Public\Pictures\Sample Pictures\Jellyfish.jpg, opened Jellyfish.jpg with (path to Windows Photo Viewer)

    Tuesday, December 14, 2010 8:30 PM