Keep Track Of What You Use Your PC For

Ever wondered precisely how you use your PC during the day?  Would you like a detailed report, showing how long you spend on each activity, in each program?  Maybe you're merely interested and curious.  Maybe you are concerned that you are not managing your time efficiently.  Maybe you charge for your services, and need to know how long you've spent working on each client's files during the day.

Whatever the reason, being able to track your usage like this is useful, educational and fun.  There's a handful of programs around that can help you. One of these, which I've been trying out recently, is ManicTime.  You can get it from  It's only a 5 MB download, and runs on Windows XP and above.  And according to VirusTotal, it's clean of all malware and viruses.

Once installed and running, there's little you have to do.  Just use your computer as you normally would.  Switch to the ManicTime screen when you wish, by clicking the icon in the status bar, and you can see precisely what you've been up to. 

The program costs $67, but there's also a free version which does everything that most people will need.  




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by Old Old Tom (not verified) on 21. May 2012 - 17:30  (93803)

Is there a link to download "keep-track-what-you-use-your-pc"

Apologies in advance if it is staring me in the face.

Thank you,

by mr6n8 on 21. May 2012 - 21:29  (93808)

Not sure if your issue is not seeing the link in the article above

or not seeing the download link on the page linked to in the article. Near the top left of that page is a link to "download free version", which will take you to a page with the manictime.exe download link or a zip download (which I assume is portable)

The article is about ManicTime - which keeps track of your PC - there is no keep track of... software (at least not here).

by Roger Bertrand (not verified) on 21. May 2012 - 3:25  (93772)

Another neat SW is TIME EDITION:

This one combined to the MANIC TIME gives all the tools and PLUS to manage time use as well as costing it, if one needs. It is GPL and free.


PS: I ahve both running for the last quarter and have achieved an extremely good nivel of time control which enables time optimization and better use by cutting irrelevant activities.

by bernardz on 17. May 2012 - 16:34  (93613)

Do you think it would be okay if I go over that article and update it?

Also this one too because they are linked often for this sort of stuff

by MidnightCowboy on 17. May 2012 - 18:01  (93615)

It's fine to update the content of articles listed as "site.editor", so long as the changes reflect site policy, but except for minor edits such as spelling and grammar we do not alter the content of maintained articles without consulting the incumbent editor first. This is explained in the "Site Rules For Courtesy Between Editors" which are located on "Category Editors' Page". Please send me an email or PM if you need further clarification.

by alexxx46 on 17. May 2012 - 13:01  (93602)

Good app, and nicely designed too.

by bernardz on 17. May 2012 - 12:24  (93601)

This is a good find Rob. I used to use it and found it both very good but also in some ways very limited. I found it interesting just to run it on my home machine to see what I was doing all day on it.

I do hope that the editor updates soon

because I would like to see how it compares with the other suggestions.

by MidnightCowboy on 17. May 2012 - 13:04  (93603)

Unfortunately, that category currently has no editor.

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