General

Major updates to the web timer

We released a new version that addresses two of the biggest complaints about the new version. Here they are:

  • Possibility to change the behaviour of continuing a time entry. There is a new user setting, “Store start and stop time”. If enabled, everything will work like it has – every time block is a separate entry. However, if you disable that setting, new time entries will only have the duration and no start/stop times. When continuing a time entry, you’ll continue the same time instance and not create a new one. That should result in a behaviour like you see in our Nano and Classic timers, but without any start/stop times.

    So, if you dislike the way the new version handles continuing a time entry, go to “Settings” -> “My account” and un-check the “Store start and stop time” setting.
  • If you enter a duration to new time entry form and press Enter, a new time entry will be created without starting the timer. This way it acts more like in the old version.
By On November 11, 2010

  1. Soooo Glad I found this option! The inability to easily stop/start the timer would have been a deal breaker for an otherwise fantastic piece of software!

  2. I formatted my computer yesterday, downloaded the new version and was completely surprised to see that continuing an entry started a new one. For someone who starts/stop tasks constantly and rounds up to the nearest quarter hour for billing, this was completely unacceptable. I was ready to hit the Discussion Forum with some not-so-rather-nice words, but quickly found this solution.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for implementing the old way of time tracking.

  3. This new way completely screws up the way I work, and it’s going to be a big pain in the ass when I have to transfer this data to my invoice at the end of the month. I want a single line item for each day, showing the start and end time for the day. I’m not interested in the start and end time for any breaks, and I don’t care to see my day broken up into chunks. For me, this new way is a big step backwards. I absolutely hate it.

  4. I actually like the new way better… On the old version I disliked that when you paused the timer and continued later, the consistency of the information was weird… I mean, the start and finish time didn’t match the duration of the task.

    Great work on improving toggl guys!

  5. I can’t seem to be able to find the area where I can choose to store start and stop times. I am using the new version.

    any help would be appreciated

  6. I’m also impressed with your team’s responsiveness! I’m currently a “free” user, but I’d be tempted over to the paying side to get that billable flag back–and to honor your hard work. There’s just one problem: the new way of tracking time doesn’t suit my needs. Using the new method, I end up with a zillion little chunks of time for each project, and that’s murder when it’s time to do an invoice. I have to add up all those little bits by hand, so my clients don’t think I have ADHD! Using the “fix,” I have the same problem as Calisota. Plus, I really liked being able to see how much of a chunk of time was used for work, and how much was me being unproductive. Is there any way you could give us ongoing access to the old way of doing it? Many thanks for taking the time to read this.

  7. The functionality works as described, but it’s not what I was hoping for. I would still prefer to store the start and stop times for individual tasks, but be able to roll up or summarize the time by tasks named the same thing on either the task view or a report. The reason I like the ability to store start/end times is because I like to calculate my time by changing the start/end times. I often forget to start a task or keep a task going too long. If I am not storing start/end times, then I have to subtract minutes that I went over or under, and I’m never 100% sure my calculations are accurate at the end of the day. For now, I keep using the start/end times and add up the minutes for the day.