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Can you suggest a good timer application for Windows?

It is surprising how useful a timer is for cooking, meditation, and for even giving oneself a timeout while working. I am not interested in any unwanted frills, just a simple light GUI timer that counts down and sounds when done.

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I recommend this timer app. It is very spartan and quite functional.

Egg Timer 1.0

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Thanks. Exactly what I was looking for! :-) – Ashwin Nanjappa Aug 29 '09 at 1:57

Pretty useless for anything less than precisely on the hour, but this clock is just awesome

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It silently ran in the background and chimed every hour by opening and closing the CD tray and playing a “cuckoo” sound.

Effectively turning their PC into a cuckoo clock.

(originally posted on StackOverflow by Martin)

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+1 for absurdity. For best results, print a picture of the cuckoo on a CD to leave in the tray ;-) – RBerteig Jul 31 '09 at 20:31
@RBerteig OMG! I wish I'd thought of that at the time! :) – Martin May 3 at 13:05

I had the same question and after my search failed to find a solution I really liked, I wrote one. It's called SnapTimer.

SnapTimer screenshot

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Light Calendar 1.0



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a great web alternative is

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Taskbar Timer with cool Win7-Taskbar integration (you can start timer from the Jumplist!). Also you can look at XNote Stopwatch, but I just switched from it to Taskbar Timer and hope it will be better.

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+1 Nice one! Its Taskbar integration makes it superior to all others – nixda Aug 11 '13 at 14:01

I've used MB-Timer. It is simple, lightweight, free and offers multiple timers at once. Both count up and count down. Written in flash I believe. Not pretty, but functional.

The original website seems to be down, but it's available at the link I posted.

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I use Rainlendar, but I wonder if it can't be done using Windows' Task Scheduler

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Generic Countdown Timer requires Yahoo Widgets, but it really is the best countdown app I've used. The fact that it's in Yahoo means that you can even use it for Mac.

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