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5 Awesome Things Toggl Button Can Do To Improve Your Workflow

We recently updated the Toggl Button again – here’s five reasons why you need it in your life.

Toggl Button is our Chrome browser extension that lets you start and stop the Toggl timer without switching windows. It also integrates with over 75 other online tools, including Trello, Asana and Google Calendar.

But there’s more to the Button than just starting and stopping your timer. Here are five nifty things it can do to save you some of that precious time:


1 – It reminds you to track your time

Tracking reminders are one of our most common feature requests, even though we’ve had them in Toggl Desktop apps since dinosaurs walked the Earth.

But if you’re not using desktop apps, Toggl Button also offers reminders. You can use the cogwheel in the extension to bring up the settings – simply check the box where it says “tracking reminders”.

You’ll also be able to customise your reminders, so for example if you don’t wish to be bombarded with notifications outside your working days you can simply disable them for the weekend.


2 – It remembers when you forget to stop your timer

So you get up from your computer to get some coffee. Before you know it, you’re in deep discussing dinner plans with a coworker and by the time you get back to your desk you have no idea when you stopped working.

Luckily, Toggl Button can detect when you’re not using your computer. When “Idle detection” is enabled, the Button will ask you if you wish to discard your idle time when you start working again. You’ll also have the option to keep working under the same time entry, but scrapping the interruption.


3 – It can continue tracking with a single click

In earlier versions of Toggl Button, you had to fill in your time entry details every time you started the timer (unless you started it form a task in another tool). This of course wasn’t an ideal solution.

Now, if you need to stop a timer for your bathroom break, you can simply pick the last time entry you had running with the Button and spare your fingers the extra typing! Simple? Yes, but genius.


4 – It has a Pomodoro mode for better productivity

The Pomodoro technique is based on a theory that humans are most productive when working in 25 minute bursts, separated by 5 minute breaks.

Obviously, you’ll need a tool to help you count the intervals. When you enable Pomodoro mode in the Button’s settings, you’ll receive regular reminders to take breaks:

toggl button pomodoro mode

Also, you can customise the duration of your work sprints to fit your specific workflow.

5 – It starts and stops automatically

If you wish, you can set the Toggl Button to start tracking your latest task whenever you open Chrome, or stop whenever you close your browser.

The last option is super handy if you often find yourself leaving work in a hurry and wish to avoid all those pesky 8-hour reminder emails.


The Toggl Button has come a long way since its launch a few years back and we hope to make it greater still. If you have any ideas and suggestions for new features, drop us a line in the comments below.

Or if you’re a developer, keep in mind that Toggl Button is open source – feel free to fork the project on GitHub and submit your own pull request!


P.S. For those of you not using Chrome – stay foxy. *wink-wink*

By On August 16, 2016

  1. […] It’s important to keep making your product better, fix bugs as they appear and further polish where applicable. Over the years, we added Idle Tracking, Pomodoro and Tracking Reminders to the Button. All turned out to be very popular features that helped us grow the extension and keep our users happy. […]

  2. I have just deleted an entry from my timesheet for the third time! The x is too near the arrow. Please can it have a link to an ‘are you sure’ or a reminder that I have hit the wrong button please?

  3. Actually I see that the idle feature works. any advice on how to automatically stop the timer when I switch out of chrome to another application would be appreciated.

  4. The toggle button Idle feature doesn’t work for me in Chrome on Windows 10. Anyone else with that problem? Also if I leave Chrome open but start using a different program i’m guessing the idle feature wont work for Chrome since I;m using the keypad?

  5. Any idea how to integrate Toggl with SmartSheet?
    Seems there is a business secret that this issue never been raised by both companies!

  6. Can someone tell me where I can learn about all of the reminder tools in Toggl? This is among the most important reasons I was interested in the Toggl product,, but I am not sure how to set up my PC in a manner that would work best for me.

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