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One undesirable side effect of bouncing back and forth between different tasks is that you end up with many different time records.  For example, if you work on the same task from 9 AM to 9:30, 10:15 to 10:18, 12:10 to 12:24 and 3:49 to 5:30, you'll have four time records for that one task.  Although we think this is a desirable thing (you have a complete and accurate record of exactly when you did the work), many users would prefer to have the different records combined into one longer record.

If you're one of these users, choose Tools/Global Options/General and select "Automatically combine stopwatch record with records with the same descriptors and the same date".  When this option is selected, then every time you stop the stopwatch, Time Logger will look to see if there are any other time records on that same day with exactly the same set of descriptors.  If so, Time Logger will extend the duration of that record instead of adding a new time record.  Any text in the Description field that you've entered in the stopwatch will be appended to the description of the existing record.

Note that this feature is likely to cause overlapping time records, so you will need to allow overlapping time records here: Tools/Global Options/Safety.  Also, remember that while cutting down on the number of time records, you will sacrifice an accurate account of exactly when the work was performed.  For example, you may have worked from 10:30 to 11:00 and 12:15 to 12:30 (an extra 15 minutes), but the recorded records will say that you worked from 10:30 to 11:15 (15 minutes longer).  So if you need Time Logger to accurately reflect what you actually did, you might not want to use this feature.


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