The TimeSprite Monitor is added to the Startup folder in your Start Menu so that it starts when you boot your computer. It runs in the background and once per minute records the name of the active window or the currently selected activity. It creates an icon in the System Tray area which you can use to change the current activity, or receive notifications about the time spent on a particular activity.
The TimeSprite Monitor stops recording the active window when you are away from the computer. By default, it stops recording if there has been no activity for 5 minutes. You can configure the time in the Settings dialog in the main program.
To define your own activity, type the name in the box or select a previously used activity from the drop down list. You can also select a recent activity by right clicking on the icon in the system tray.
When TimeSprite is recording time to your custom activity, it will continue to record while you are away from the computer. This allows you to record time for meetings and other activities where you are not using the computer. If you want TimeSprite to stop recording custom activities when you are away, this can be changed in the TimeSprite Settings.
If you are recording the active window, recording pauses automatically if there has been no keyboard or mouse activity for 5 minutes. If you have selected your own activity activity recording continues, so that you can record time where you may be away from your computer.
You can pause and resume recording using the Recording->Pause and Recording->Resume menu options, or right click on the icon in the System Tray.
You can customize the behaviour of TimeSprite monitor.
Minimize to System Tray controls whether the monitor goes into the System Tray when minimized, or appears in the taskbar like most other applications.
Always on Top keeps the monitor on top of other windows. This allows you to tuck the monitor away in a corner of the screen so you can easily switch activities.
The monitor window can be collapsed to take up minimal space on the screen. This is useful if you use the Always on Top feature. Click the << button to collapse the window, and >> to restore it.