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Our free Timer and Stopwatch products can time from any "start time" to any "stop time", counting up or down, with or without an alarm, in a loop or not, and in different display colors, sizes and fonts.  They work with all leading browsers.

These Timers have our highest level of accuracy.  They check every second, and automatically adjust when your computer is overloaded.  Learn more about accuracy.

To use these Timers you need JavaScript and Cookies enabled in your browser.  Most browsers have these enabled.     

Key Features

- Count up or down, and through zero if desired
- "Start" and "Stop" time values can range from -99:59:59 to +99:59:59
- Enter time values as 1:23:17 1:15 30s 5m or 2h
- 20+ alarm sounds, whici can be cycled up to 99 times
- Save link to timer with your custom settings New
- Enter time values using a period or colon (2.30.0 or 2:30:0)
- Auto start option
- Loop option
- Time display can be fixed width, or vary with current time reading
- Display options: 14 colors, 14 fonts, 15 sizes, drop shadow and bold
- Accuracy checked and adjusted each second
- Timer stays accurate when computer is overloaded or paused
- When timer is minimized, it will become top window when "stop time" is reached
- Timer displays time in minimized task bar
- View or hide timer settings while timer is running
- Change settings while timer is running
- Set timer title to any text, or no text
- Hide title and tagline for a cleaner look
- Settings changes automatically saved

Start / Stop Time Area


The "start" and "stop" time values can be from -99:59:59 to +99:59:59.  Time values are entered as 1:23:17 1:15 30s 5m 2h or even -35s.  Here are examples . . .

Text Entered

  Time Value

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A new "start time" or "stop time" has no effect on the timer until you click the Set or Reset button, or until a running timer loops back to start again.  The Set button will update the timer's "start" and "stop" times and reset the timer.  It performs the same function as the Reset button.

Time values can be entered using a period instead of a colon, as in 2.30.0 for 02:30:00.  This makes it possible to enter "start" and "stop" times using one hand and the numeric keypad on your keyboard.

When the timer is running and minimized, it will automatically become the top window when the "stop time" is reached.




Automatic Counting Direction

Count up by making the "stop time" greater than the "start time", for example from 0 to 1:00.  Count down by making the "stop time" less than the"start time", for example from 1:00 to 0.  The"start" and "stop" times can range from -99:59:59 to 99:59:59.

Negative Time

You can count from a positive time value to a negative time value, or vice versa.  For example, from 30:00 down to -5:00.  This is handy for meetings or lectures, where you want the speaker to see how much time they have used up over their allotted time.  You can also time from a negative time value to a positive one, for example from -1:00 up to 30:00.  This is useful when you want to give yourself time to set up an exam, contest or experiment.

Timer Stopwatch Buttons

There are two timer controls: a Start / Stop button, and a Reset button . . .


The Start / Stop button appears as a Start button when the timer is stopped, and as a Stop button when the timer is running.

The timer counts from where it last stopped, so you can stop and start the timer multiple times.

If the timer is at the "stop time" and you click the Start button, the timer will jump to start from the "start time".

If you have the Auto Start setting checked, then when you open the timer page in your browser, the timer will automatically start timing from the "start time".

If the Loop setting is checked, then the timer will loop back to the"start time" once the "stop time" is reached.

The Reset button resets the timer to the "start time".

The Set and Reset buttons both perform a reset.


Timer's settings can be viewed and changed by clicking the "Show Settings" link to the right of the "start" and "stop" times.  All setting changes take effect immediately, and you can change the settings while a timer is running. 

Setting changes are automatically saved using cookies, so there is no"save" button.  You need JavaScript and Cookies enabled in your browser to use the timer and change the settings.  Most browsers have these enabled.  The "Save" link, to the right, let's you generate a link to your timer with your custom settings, so you can link to many timers,all with different settings.  The settings area looks like this . . .

The Save Link To Your Custom Timer link, lets you create a link to your timer with your custom settings.  You can then place that link on a Web page, or save it as a browser bookmark.  The Default Settings link, resets the settings to their original state for that timer. 

Alarm *

Alarm Sound

Sets "stop time" alarm.  Select "Off" for no alarm.  Alarm sounds that are longer than 2 seconds are shown with the length in seconds after the sound name.

Try | Stop

The "Try" link lets you hear the alarm.  You can click "Try" while the timer is stopped or running.  Click Stop link to stop the alarm sound.


Sets the number of times the alarm should play, from 1 to 99 times.  This works in Internet Explorer, and is known to fail in some of the other browsers.



No browser plug-in is needed to hear the alarm sounds in newer HTML5 browsers (Firefox, Chrome, Safari), or in any version of Internet Explorer.  If you are using an older browser that is not Internet Explorer, you may need to install Apple's QuickTime Player plug-in to hear the alarm sounds.


Auto Start

Have timer automatically start when first displayed by browser, or when Reset button is clicked.


Have timer loop back to "start time" when "stop time" is reached.



Sets the timer's title.  If blank, the default timer title will be shown.  Press the "Enter" key, or click your mouse outside of the Title textbox, to update your timer with the new title entered.
Also see No Tag option below.

No Tag

Turns on/off the tagline text under the timer title.



Sets minimum number of digits that timer will display.  Settings are 0, 00, 0:00, 00:00, 0:00:00 and 00:00:00.


Sets timer text color.


Sets timer text size.


Sets timer text font.
If selected font is not on your computer, timer will use a Serif, Sans-Serif, or Monospace font, depending on the default for the selected font.


Bold or Normal timer text width.

Drop Shadow

Drop Shadow or Regular timer text.
This option only works in the newer versions of FireFox, Chrome and Safari.  It does not work in Internet Explorer.



The Save Link To Your Custom Timer link, lets you generate a link to your timer, with the settings you have chosen, so you can easily bring it up again.


The Default Settings link, resets timer to the default settings.





Our Timer Stopwatch timers have our highest level of accuracy.  Each second, the timer checks and makes adjustments as needed.  But with that said, the accuracy of each computer's internal clock will affect the accuracy of the timer.

  Most computer's internal clocks are relatively accurate, but they can drift a few seconds a day, and we have no control over this.  It is up to you ascertain the accuracy of your computer's internal clock and our timer on your PC.  In the event your computer's internal clock is accurate to your satisfaction, we still do not guarantee that any of our timers will be accurate, or that our code is bug free or virus free.

Save Links to Custom Timers /
Multiple Timers 

Need multiple timers, or a custom timer?  It's as easy as creating links to them.  To the right of the "Show Settings (Hide Settings) link, is the "Save",  link.  This link let's you save a link to your timer with custom settings.  For example you can create a Green "5-Minute Timer" and a Blue "10-Minute Timer" and use them together or independently using their custom links . . .

Green 5-Minute Timer:

Blue 10-Minute Timer:

So setup your timer, and use the "Save" link to create a link to it.  Create and save as many timer links as you need.  Or, learn about our Timer Tracker II product, a PC based multi-timer solution.

Additional Help / Suggestions

Our online Timer Stopwatch timers are provided as a free service, so we make no promises in regard to additional help.  But, with that said, if you have a question or suggestion, email us at .




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