At the beginning I used a stopwatch in the mobile phone (Android has it by default). It is very easy and nicely to use it, because I can see the time anytime - there is no need to open a new window or a new tab to see it. But there is one disadvantage - the smartphone battery is dischargin very fast if I use stopwatch 2 or even 1 hour. So I decided to find a browser stopwatch extension.
I had only 3 requirements:
- the time should be seen in the icon (I don't want to open a tab or a popup window to watch the time);
- the start/stop/reset functions should be available by one click (I don't want to open some popup window first and only then to click some start button)
- the tool should be able to run in the background (I want to change windows and tabs during the calculations).
So I started to search the extension.
I have found such extension for Firefox really quickly - it is Autotimer. Not very simple tool, but very convinient - I can see the time in the status bar and I can operate start/stop/reset with only one/two mouse clicks - perfect tool! And there are good manuals about this tool on the web page.
Then I started to find such extension for Chrome – it is disaster! There is not even close such tool. Here is a table with tools and brief discriptions. First surprise was that not all stopwatches converts seconds to minutes - some of them show 100 instead of 1:40 - that is not acceptable for me.
Icon - does tool shows time on the icon;
Click - does functions start/stop/reset are available by one mouse click;
Back - does stopwatch runs in the background;
Mins - does tool converts seconds into minutes (shows 1:40 instead of 100);
Info - additional information about the tool.
|Quickrr Stopwatch & Countdown||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Stop Watch & Timer Toolbox||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Stopwatch Tab||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Different times for every tab.|
|Online Stopwatch||No||No||No||Yes||Does not work.|
|Countdown||Yes||No||Yes||No||After 1 minute shows only minutes.|
|Quickrr Productivity Kit||No||No||Yes||Yes|
As you can see, there is only one extension that has all yes's - Stopwatch Tab. And there is a comment - different times for every tab, which actually means, that it shows time not on the icon but in the tab header:
Which is actually very good, because that means, that the time (of the active tab) is seen in the taskbar as well:
And the time in the tab header does not disappear when I am moving through some links in the tab - I can open what ever I want and the time is still calculating in the tab header.
So, the best Chrome stopwatch extension for me and at this time is the Stopwatch Tab.