Tracking the Amount of Time Spent on a Project

Reference Number: KB-00678
Last Modified: February 21, 2023

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


I would like to track the amount of time I dedicate to a particular project or assignment. How can I do this?


The Time Tracker tool enables you to accurately track the amount of time spent on a particular plan or layout file.

To use the Time Tracker

  1. From the menu, select Tools> Time Tracker .

  2. Notice that the Start Time Logging option is grayed out. This is because Time Tracker automatically begins logging time the moment you open a new or existing file, unless the Preference setting has been disabled.

    You can control how the Time Tracker functions, including its timeout period, in the Preferences dialog. You can access Preferences using the Edit menu on a Windows PC, the Chief Architect menu on a Mac, or by selecting the Preferences toolbar button.

  3. To stop tracking the time spent on the current file, select Tools> Time Tracker> Stop Time Logging .

  4. To view or edit the amount of time recorded for this specific file, select Tools> Time Tracker> View Time Log .

    Viewing the time log

  5. In the Time Log dialog, click on an entry to select it, then edit its properties, as needed.

    Entries that are "In Progress" cannot be edited, exported, or printed. To stop logging an entry, see step 3 above. 

    • The User that created each entry, or worked on the project at the given time, can be specified.

    • The Start and End times can be edited by typing new values in these fields. You can use the drop-down list and select a date from the calendar. The Start time must predate the End time.

    • Notes about the selected entry can be typed into the text field on the right.

    • The Export Selected button allows you to save the selected time entries as either a text (.txt) or Comma Separated Values (.csv) file.

    • The Print Selected button allows you to print the selected entries.

  6. Click the Add button to add a new entry below the currently selected entry.

  7. Click the Delete button to delete the selected entries.

  8. Use the Select All and Clear All buttons to select or deselect all of the entries in the table for the purposes of exporting, printing or deleting.

    Note: The Time Tracker logs times for each plan and layout file separately, even if they have the same project name or are saved in the same directory on your computer.