In TimeCamp, projects are basically groups of tasks. From a technical point of view, there are not many differences between projects and tasks. For example, you can create a project named after your client, to which you will later add multiple subtasks converting your business relations.
Projects in TimeCamp have a tree structure, they contain lists of tasks. You can use a project for a larger goal and a task for an action someone in your team needs to take in order to achieve that goal. You can create an unlimited tree structure that will contain projects with multiple tasks and subtasks which can have even 3/4/5.. levels of items.
You can find the Projects section on the left side menu. The bar above your projects, where you have added your projects, is also a search box, where you can search for specific projects. Next to it, you have filters, an icon with two arrows that can collapse or hide all tasks, an Archived button that shows only archived projects, and a three-dot icon that allows you to import the list of projects.
You can create projects and tasks from two places on the site:
Projects - go to the Projects tab on the left-side menu, then click the green Add Project button. Name the project and save it by clicking the Create New Project button. To add a task or subtask click or hover the mouse cursor on the desired project and click on the green Add task button.
Timesheet - go to your Timesheet on the left-side menu and click on the projects search box, where you will also see a full list of your existing projects. Next, click the gray plus icon and decide whether you want to add the task to an existing project or create a new one.
You can also Import your tasks from a CSV file or import them by enabling the integration.
When done with creating a task, it will automatically appear on the task list. Click on the name of your task to open the edit panel it. In the edit panel, you can assign users and define their roles, set the budget, add tags and keywords. You can learn more in our Getting started guide.
Click on the name of the desired project. You will see a bar with the following options:
- Add task - it allows you to add a task to a project or a subtask to a task;
- Time report - it shows you the report for the project from the beginning of it;
- ‘…’ A view more actions icon - such as changing the color, moving the task to a different project, deleting or archiving the task, and more;
- Start timer button - starts tracking time for the selected task;
Here you can find more information about the task's time report.
Let's go through all the available options under the "..." icon:
- Change color – each project and task can have its own color set by you from 15 available ones;
- Clone – a useful option if you need more projects with the same structure. Remember to change the name of the cloned project to always track time and view reports correctly;
- Delete – click if you no longer need a certain project. Remember, that once you delete a project you will lose all tracked time, assigned to this project and it is not possible to restore deleted items;
- Move – you can move the task/project to a different project (along with tracked hours);
- Move time – you can move time from one project to another. this option will move the entire time of the selected projects;
- Archive – move the task to the archived list, it allows to save the already tracked time and to reactivate this task in the future. Once the task is archived, you can decide whether you and your coworkers have the possibility to track time to archived tasks in Time tracking settings.
Automatic time tracking
You can define different keywords for each project and task. After installing the TimeCamp desktop app and setting the application to the automatic time tracking mode application will match keywords with the name of the website or application you're working on and will automatically start the timer.
Click on the project/task to open an edit panel and click on the Enable keywords option. Next, input your keywords and save changes.
Learn more about keywords and automatic time tracking from this article.