I want a simple task timer or stopwatch that I can pause and restart. I would like it to look decent, minimal and be able to run "always on top" of other windows. Ideally, no chrome (windows close button, minimize, border, etc).
Topic looks a little bit outdated but XNote Stopwatch is ideally what the op was looking for. Hope that helps anyone else.
Countdown Timer by Comfort Software Group works for me.
It has both timer and stopwatch functions, pause/reset options, can always stay on top of other windows.
I'm not sure what 'look decent' means for you - its UI is simple, with no nice design and whatnot, but it can be minimized to show only time left/passed.
Also, it's a free download, if that helps. :)
None of the previous answers suited my needs. XNote has the obnoxious millisecond timer with no way to change precision in the free version. I have found an open-source alternative LYZ which is riddled with fewer bs and is more aesthetically pleasing.
really like r timer for the minimal interface
Disclaimer: I work for PresentationTools, the author of this software.
CueTimer can also do this, with the "preview" window that can be placed anywhere on the screen and will always stay on top of other windows.
We will soon release a new version where this window can have transparent background.