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).

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I'm far far from in the future then when this post was posted but if people are still interested, I'd go with the default clock app that you get in Windows 10/11.

There's an option to go "always on top" with the following button.

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This is what it looks like when on top.

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Topic looks a little bit outdated but XNote Stopwatch is ideally what the op was looking for. Hope that helps anyone else.

XNote Stopwatch "always on top"


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. :)

  • Not bad. Interestingly, their page had an ad to another one that looks promising: hotalarmclock.com Commented Jun 30, 2017 at 17:07
  • As of version 5.1, if you dismiss a floating window, you can't use it again. You have to delete the timer and re-create it.
    – Zian Choy
    Commented Jul 6, 2021 at 0:35

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. enter image description here

  • Is there a way to name the timer so that >1 timers running at the same time can be differentiated?
    – Zian Choy
    Commented Jul 6, 2021 at 0:55

really like r timer for the minimal interface rtimer Screenshot

  • Welcome Denny! Please add a screenshot, and indicate how it meets the OP's requirements. Also, if you can include a link to the developer's site, that will be appreciated. Thanks! Commented Jan 7, 2020 at 9:06

Have you tried this] enter image description here or this enter image description here from the Windows app store?


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.


  • This looks like a solid product, but I would expect a one-time purchase. A subscription fee for this type of tool is a no-go. Commented Jun 10, 2022 at 14:49

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