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Toggl Desktop for Windows launched

IMPORTANT UPDATE: This post is very, very old. If you’re looking for the newest version of Toggl Desktop, click here to download the latest stable release.

Last, but not least – beta version of the Toggl Desktop for Windows is now out :)

It features all the same things as the Mac and Linux apps, including:

  • idle detection
  • keyboard shortcuts
  • offline support
  • familiar user interface
Our Knowledge base has all the details about this. Download the new desktop app for your Windows OS now and let us know what you think!

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    1. Sandra
      December 20, 2011 | Permalink

      Getting error when trying to install. “Unknown publisher” How do I resolve this issue? I could not find any info in the knowledge base.

    2. Mauro
      December 20, 2011 | Permalink

      In Xp it works perfectly. Thank you

    3. A. G.Medel
      December 20, 2011 | Permalink

      Hi!, I got the same installation error than Sandra, I have Windows 7 Ultimate in my Lap. :)

    4. Chris Hutchison
      December 21, 2011 | Permalink

      Yes. So excited for the keyboard shortcuts! Thanks guys! Great product.

    5. December 21, 2011 | Permalink

      UGH, is there a setting somewhere that I’m missing that will return to me the simple list of open projects, from which I can easily start a new task? I need to be able to see just the list of open projects, not a list of what tasks I’ve performed over the last week.

    6. Chris Hutchison
      December 21, 2011 | Permalink

      Global keyboard shortcuts would have been so awesome but this is cool too.

    7. Sultan
      December 21, 2011 | Permalink

      Hasn’t Toggl desktop been out for a while now? It seems that I have been using it for a few months now on a Windows machine.

    8. SultanOfCool
      December 21, 2011 | Permalink

      Anyone have a link to the changelist from other previous versions? I stopped using the timer after I would accidentally open multiple apps and the time tracking would become a rats nest of running timers.

    9. December 21, 2011 | Permalink

      @Sandra We’re having issues with your code signing certificate. The certificate renewal process will take some time. I’m sorry but the TogglDesktop Windows beta version will not be correctly signed for a couple of weeks. If you trust us, you can still install TogglDesktop, if you choose “Save” instead of “Run” in the download dialog and run toggldesktop.msi directly from the Downloads folder.

      @OffLead This Toggl Classic timer functionality is not supported in our new HTML5 app.

      @Sultan You’re probably using the current version of TogglDesktop which is based on QT and includes Autopilot. The new TogglDesktop is based on Chromium, is more stable and runs our latest HTML5 time tracking app.

      @SultanOfCool The changelog is not public yet, working on it.

      Thank you for the feedback!

    10. Rod
      December 21, 2011 | Permalink

      After finishing the installation and trying to run the application, it pops up an error message saying “The application failed to initialize properly (0x0000005)…”. How can I resolve that?

    11. December 21, 2011 | Permalink

      @Rod Please contact

    12. December 21, 2011 | Permalink

      So, is the old desktop app, which DOES have the classic timer, going to continue being supported? Or is Toggl going to completely drop support for that style of desktop use? I’ve been a Toggl user for years, using the desktop app, and I’m very much NOT willing to use this style of timer. I need to see the list of what I’ve got open and going, and to be able to very quickly change from a task on one job to another task on a different job. I really just want to be able to pull it up, see a list of jobs, which acts as a reminder to me of what I’ve got going on, and click to start.

    13. David Dickerson
      December 21, 2011 | Permalink

      Noticed that the timer is getting the 12pm and 12am times mixed up. 12pm is actually noon, not midnight (which the app seems to believe). Found this error by manually entering a time entry from 11:24am to 12:10pm, and it was telling me it was 12:46:00 worth of time!

    14. Mark Brown
      December 21, 2011 | Permalink

      Toggl Desktop looks nice. Is there any way to turn off the automatic startup of toggl desktop when I log in to my Win XP account?

    15. December 22, 2011 | Permalink

      @David Thanks for reporting this! We’ll take a look.
      @Mark We’ll remove TogglDesktop from automatic startup in our next release. Sorry about the annoyance! :)

    16. Randy
      December 22, 2011 | Permalink

      Still doesn’t play well with VPN connections. Uninstall.

    17. Eric
      December 23, 2011 | Permalink

      Please continue support for the native windows app. I am not asking for new features, just maintain it to continue to function with your system. You killed support for the iPhone app which is a HUGE disappointment. I hope you don’t do that here.

    18. Chris Hutchison
      December 27, 2011 | Permalink

      I created a workaround for global keyboard shortcuts if anyone is interested,

    19. Pavel
      December 28, 2011 | Permalink

      It uses default IE proxy settings – can’t use alternate proxy settings :(

    20. @klimeklada
      January 5, 2012 | Permalink

      Yeah, and the icon signalized connected or offline dissapear too. It seems app can’t connect…

    21. Todd
      January 9, 2012 | Permalink

      I tried making the switch today to this new timer. My main complaint is that when I continue a task it creates a new entry. I switch back and forth between tasks a LOT during the day so I end up with a really long list of tasks for the day. It is really hard to look at and makes it MUCH more difficult to find a task and pick back up. Also, I cannot easily how much time I’ve spent on a given task during the day without running a report. In my opinion these are HUGE problems for the usability of the app.

      Also noticed that the new app doesn’t always start the timer going automatically when I create a new task. That’s another thing I have to remember and will probably forget sometimes until I get used to checking that the timer is started.

      Hope the feedback is helpful :)

    22. Hugh
      January 10, 2012 | Permalink

      Maybe I need more time to get familiar with the new desktop app, but so far I don’t find this to be an improvement.

      I can no longer edit time entries just by clicking on the time. Now I have to go to a separate “edit” screen. The ability to quickly adjust the current time entry, for example if I received an unrelated phone call or got caught up in unrelated web browsing, is a great perk of the old app.

      Like Todd above me I’m also annoyed by the fact that each toggle of the timer creates a new entry, rather than continuing the existing one.

    23. Jordan
      January 19, 2012 | Permalink

      I was excited to have hotkeys, and looking forward to the new version. However like others, I’m uninstalling and reverting to the old. A few points:
      Entering a task is slowed down here. In the old I can type the task, hit tab once, and begin live searching for the project I want to bill it to. With the new I’m flipping between keyboard and mouse, and the priority of information seems off for common users.
      The list of tasks is also severely limiting. It is displaying less information in more space. I detail my work in my tasks, and only seeing the first two words is not helpful. The old version gave a full line, and didn’t have so much visual clutter.
      Another thing I keep hoping for is the ability to change the taskbar icon in 7 like it was in XP, giving another indicator of if I have the timer turned on.

    24. Todd
      January 20, 2012 | Permalink

      @Tanel Is there any discussion I can read about the rationale for the multiple entries for the same task that is done multiple times during the course of the same day? It seems this is the direction all your UI’s are going. I want to know if I’m going to have to adapt or find a different solution. Right now I’m hanging on to the old Windows Desktop version. Thanks for your help! :)

    25. Nathan
      January 30, 2012 | Permalink

      Much faster and lighter than the last Windows version and I like the direction the desktop app is headed… but, holy smokes, why can’t I pause/continue my current task easily? Right now I have to find the last task I was working on in the task list, click it and then click continue. I really miss the pause/continue function being a one click affair. As a designer I see where you’re going in trying to unify for all platforms… one button purity, but in this case it seems like a step back in usability.

      Update: Ahhh, I just discovered that you can Stop and Continue Previous from the notification area icon. That’s nice, but it seems quite the oversight that this function is not available from the actual application. How about a “Continue Last Task” button somewhere?

    26. Brian
      February 14, 2012 | Permalink

      Just installed the windows 7 version. Ugggghhhh! I agree that the lost functionality of being able to pause and then restart a task quickly is a HUGE drawback. Having a new entry created everytime i want to continue a task basically removes most of the benefit of using toggl. Hoping there is an updated release coming soon…..?

    27. valzi
      May 30, 2012 | Permalink

      I am deleting this otherwise handy program because I can’t keep it from starting with windows. Please offer a solution to this (Feel free to email me about it.)

    28. Joe
      July 9, 2012 | Permalink

      I am with OffLeash, Todd and Hugh. I have been using Toggl for five years and have been very happy with it. But I really want the Classic view back. Having the list of open projects and being able to start a new task with one quick click is key. Please support the old version or add Classic functionality. Otherwise I’ll be looking for another solution – this new app is unacceptable for me.

    29. Hugh
      July 17, 2012 | Permalink

      Been using both the old and new desktop clients for a while now, and I never come to like the new one. There are two reasons.

      1) My favourite thing about Toggl — the reason I chose this app over the alternatives — was the ability to just click on the time and edit it. Maybe I forgot to start it when I started working. Maybe I took a phone call from a different client. No problem, just click and type. Now editing the current time requires two extra clicks, and it’s not particularly obvious from the UI design where to make those clicks. So I’m less likely to actually do it and my time reporting is now less accurate.

      2) Pausing a given task and re-starting it should not produce multiple entries. I don’t need that granularity of information, and it requires me to do mental arithmetic to get the information I do care about: how much time I’ve spent on a given task.

    30. July 19, 2012 | Permalink

      Hugh, do I understand correctly that you’d like to edit time straight in the time entry list? There will be an user interface upgrade in August/September, where we have implemented several features requested by users.

      As for pausing a given task – there is a feature that helps you with that.

    31. Hugh
      July 27, 2012 | Permalink

      Hi Alari, thanks very much for your response.

      “Hugh, do I understand correctly that you’d like to edit time straight in the time entry list?”

      No, I would like to be able to quickly edit the time of the currently active timer. This was possible with the old desktop app and with the web app: you just click directly on the actively tracking time value, enter a new value, and press enter to allow the time value to continue incrementing from that revised value. Very handy. In the new desktop app clicking on the active time stops the timer. Editing the active time requires going to a separate screen. Less handy.

      “As for pausing a given task – there is a feature that helps you with that. Please read more on our Knowledge Base –”

      Thanks! That’s exactly the solution I was hoping for.

    32. Kerry
      August 7, 2012 | Permalink

      My first look at the desktop in Windows 7 was disappointing. It docks itself to the left of my screen, won’t let me drag or choose where to position it in any way. Also, it felt a bit clunky working with new tasks and creating new projects.

      It’s a good start, but IMO it’s not ready for prime time, so I’ll stick with the web version for now.

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