Ethervane Stopwatch is a simple timer for Windows 2000 or later. It can be used for example to track the time spent working or performing other activities on the computer. The timer can be paused and resumed at any time. If you close the program while the timer is running, it will continue counting from where you left off when the program is restarted. You can also count from a specified value down to zero.
Ethervane StopWatch requires Windows 2000, XP or higher. It will NOT work with Windows 95, 98 or ME.
- Display elapsed time in days, hours, minutes and seconds.
- Count time up (from zero) or down (to zero)
- The timer can be started from a user-specified initial value
- Global keyboard shortcut to pause/resume the timer
- The tray icon indicates the current state (idle, running, paused or suspended).
- Option to suspend counting when there is no input from the mouse or keyboard.
- When the program is paused or suspended, the display can optionally be faded or blink slowly to indicate the paused state.
- The program window can be semi-transparent when it does not have focus. Click the window to restore the normal (opaque) display.
- StopWatch can be controlled programmatically from other applications by sending messages. It is also possible to query the current state, time value and mode of StopWatch in the same way. For details about the message values and meanings, see the example AutoHotkey script included with the program (controlStopWatch.ahk).
- Settings are saved between sessions.
How to use StopWatch
- Start the program. Click the Start button (or press F9) to start the timer.
- Pressing F9 again will pause the timer. To resume, again press F9.
- To stop the timer, click the Stop button or press Shift+F9.
Before you start the stopwatch, you can change the timer mode (counting direction). To do so, press Ctrl+Up arrow or Ctrl+Down arrow. By default, the stopwatch counts up from zero. Press Ctrl+Down to switch to countdown mode. In that mode, when you press the Start button, eStopWatch will display a dialog box to let you specify the initial value (number of days, hours, minutes and seconds to count down from). Note that you can also switch modes by right-clicking the time display area and picking appropriate options from the menu.
You can start the stopwatch from a specific value. Press F8, set the initial time value, and click the Count Up button (or Count Down, depending on the current mode).
The dialog box used to specify initial value for counting up or down supports presets. To create a new preset, set a desired time value, then type a name for the preset in the Presets box and click “Save preset”. To load an existing preset, select it from the drop-down list, then click “Load preset”. The “Delete preset” button will erase the preset currently selected in the drop-down box.
Another way of starting the stopwatch is to start counting from the last value, i.e. the value displayed in the timer area. Press Shift+F8 to use that function. If the currently displayed value is other than zero, the stopwatch will start counting up or down from that value, depending on the current mode setting.
Pressing Shift-Esc will minimize the program. Click the StopWatch icon in the system tray to restore.
You can also restore the program window and bring it to front by pressing the global keyboard shortcut: Win+F9.
When the timer is running, you can pause and resume it by pressing the global keyboard shortcut: Shift+Win+F9.
(These shortcuts can only be changed by editing the configuration file, eStopWatch-config.ini, in a text editor such as Notepad. You can also disable the shortcuts entirely.)
Click the Options button to display a menu of configuration settings. See “Configuration settings” below for details.
Right-click the timer display area for a menu of available commands.
version: 1.6.0 build 30
released: February 15, 2012
OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7 or later
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