Tour of the Program Interface
Below is a screen capture of XNote Stopwatch main
window in the stopwatch mode (initial state). In the countdown
timer mode this window looks basically the same, but the initial
time is not equal to zero.
You can resize this window just like any other application
window by placing the mouse pointer at its corner and dragging it
in the desired direction. You can make it as large as you wish,
which may be convenient when you need to view the timer while
staying far from your computer. As opposite, you can assign the smallest
possible size (called Compact state) double-clicking the
window or enabling appropriate menu item (see below). Marking this
hides all controls (you can use keyboard shortcuts or popup menu to
control XNote Stopwatch in this state), decreases the
size of the main window (but it is resizable anyway) and places it
on top of all other windows. In both states you can drag the window
by any its part, not just by a caption.
Clicking the Start button starts or continues the
count-up or the count-down. The window appearance will change: the
Start button will change into Stop and the
Snap and Reset buttons will be activated. Clicking
the Stop button stops the time count.
When you click the Snap button the current time is stored
into memory and the time count continues. You can repeat this
operation as many times as you need — XNote Stopwatch
can store the unlimited number of results and you can later view
and export them all by choosing the More… => Show Results
window command (see the Results
Window section for details).
Clicking the Reset button resets the stopwatch/timer to
its initial state and clears all previously stored results.
You can assign custom keyboard shortcuts to all these commands
in the Hotkeys dialog.
The More… menu contains all XNote Stopwatch
commands and settings. This menu is also accessible with a
right-click or keyboard shortcut.
Stopwatch / Timer… —
switches between the stopwatch and the countdown timer mode.
Compact — enables the special window state without
caption and buttons.
Always on top — allows to stay above of all other
Show Results window — brings up the Results window with recorded results.
Excel integration… — allows you
to point out a MS Excel spreadsheet to spilt the times to.
File — saves the
current state to a file or loads the previously saved state.
Set custom time… — use
this command to specify the time to continue the count from.
Time format… — brings up the Time format dialog used to customize
Title… — allows you to modify a
title of the window.
Font — you can choose any system installed font instead
of built-in liquid-crystal.
Colors — pick up colors for background and digits.
Transparency… — lets the main window be translucent to
uncover subjacent windows.
Refresh rate… — some legacy computers having not enough
processor speed redraw the running time slowing down other
applications. This feature allows to reduce XNote
Stopwatch display refresh frequency without impacting on
real accuracy of stopwatch.
Hotkeys… — brings up the Hotkeys dialog in which you can assign custom
keyboard and mouse shortcuts to the basic XNote
Stopwatch commands (Start/Stop, Snap,
External control… —
setup a manipulation of XNote Stopwatch by external
Close — closes the instance of application. This menu
item is offered only if there are multiple instances of
Exit — exit the application. All the instances are closed
but they and their settings are remembered and will be brought back
at the next application startup.