10 Top Tips for TimeVu

Here are a few extra features of TimeVu that you might not have come across.

1. Right hand mouse menu : Copy & Paste/Cut & Paste.

When you select a time-sheet entry and right click the mouse you will be shown a right-hand mouse menu.

When you highlight a time block and right mouse click you get a menu containing the option to "Copy" or to "Cut". Once a block has been copied you can paste this block as many times as you like into a free space on today’s grid, another day, or onto another persons time sheet.

 2. Project Summary information.

 Getting project summary information is easy - just click on the project name – you’ll get a dialog which summarizes the project information e.g.



By Project Information also shows other TimeVu documentation such as Comments, Change Requests, and Timesheet information.



You can filter these data sets using the right hand menu, select the column you want to filter on and right-click on the data with the term you want to filter with, the right click menu shows you the filter term e.g.;

IInformation at the top of the dialog lets you know whether you have a filter set.

Information at the bottom lets you know how much data your seeing:


By pressing the builder buttons next to the control labelled "Filename" you can jump directly to these areas if they have been defined. 

In the locations tab you can define your own directories or ones for your project group too - and jump directly to these locations ../font>/p>just double click the entry.  The right-mouse menu gives you the options to Open, Add, Delete, Edit these links

The Show all links lets you see others peoples links for these projects.

File locations are searchable, from the "Search Locations" Tab [the locations dialog says which are searchable]

Search lets you search from the locations that you defined. You can remove areas you don't want to search by clicking on the 'Select' button in the top view. 

Search searches  recursively - all folders under the one you have specified - so be careful selecting the folders you want - but note - it wont search in binary data. 

You can cancel the search at any time - press the cancel button.

You can also go directly to files it finds by double clicking on the entries in the top view and in the lower search result view.

If you want to see more detail about what is being searched while the search is running press the "View Output" button.

3. Quick Search

If your looking for some piece of data saved away - maybe as a comment, or a contact - then use the Quick Search option.

Just type in the "Term:" control and press enter. You get search results for each ticked box shown in its own tab


You can view the data in more detail by double clicking the results pane.  Other ways of view the data are shown on the right-hand menu:


View shows the data in a form, view in list shows the data in the list form, view as text shows it in a text file so that you can then cut and paste into another application. View Company Info shows the company information in the Contacts area..

4. Timesheet Resizing

The dialog resizes both vertically and horizontally and the grid resizes too.

You can also change how many days you show on the grid.

When you resize vertically the grid will resize giving you a larger snapshot of the day. This lets you change the viewing region to match your needs eg

When you close the dialog the sizing options are recorded for when you open it later.

5. Start with the default Dialog.

The Properties give you some control over how the application works for you.   One useful property is which dialog will start up when the application begins - you can select None or any one of the dialogs - you can even select to bring up Timesheet and Autotimer together.


6. Delete with {DEL} key

You can delete a time sheet entry from the right hand mouse menu and the delete key. When using the delete key the entry must both be selected and highlighted. Selection occurs only when you click on the entry with the left hand mouse. 

7. Export Review to Excel

Time sheet entries can be exported to excel. You can do this from the Week review dialog. Select the data you want to export and press the "Export/Excel" menu item, you will get something like:


8.Double click to add time-sheet entry.


Double-clicking on the time-sheet grid lets you quickly place a time entry into your day. The tool bar gives you fast options :

: Auto-timer

9.Start Auto-timing.



TimeVu can be set to record times in an automated way using the start timing function on the menu of the icon in the task bar, eg



Select a project to time and, as long as there aren’t any other entries, TimeVu will begin logging a entry to this selected project at the current time The timing function automatically stops if the section "bumps" into an existing entry. When you want to stop timing this entry you can select either "Stop Timing" from the menu, or "Start Timing" on another project. The next project will begin at the next 15min free slot. If you forget to stop timing your day, don’t worry, you can set a predefined stop time in the properties, under the Auto Logging tab : 



10. Generate invoices

You can use TimeVu to automatically generate invoices from your data -  Invoices can be generated directly from the timesheets and expenses using the "Add Invoices" Wizard




The wizard can create hourly or fixed price invoices.

Usually if you have no timesheets you would create a 'fixed price contract' invoice.


From timesheets within a certain time range 



You can set your tax rate, add comments, include your expenses, and add ad-hoc items.

 The summary tab brings this all together to show you the figures


If you have zero value invoice you will notice there is an extra box on the summary tab

zero value invoice

 When you are happy with your selection you can click on the 'Create Invoice' Button to generate an invoice found on the Finish Tab:


  Timesheets and expenses that are invoiced are marked as such in the invoice views.

 Invoices can be monitored via the invoices tabs in the Project and Contact areas.  There is also a Invoices area that shows information about the invoices.  This also shows the invoice document.