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Scirocco Take a Break

By Scirocco Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009
This extremely basic but free program helps you avoid repetitive-stress injuries at work by periodically reminding you to take a break. The tiny utility sits in your system tray and pops up a message box or flashes when it's time for you to step away from your computer. You also can set the program to remind you via one of the included sounds or your own WAV files. Although the easily configured interface can't be spruced up with skins or different color schemes, you can at least choose from several different system-tray icons. You simply enter the amount of time before your next break, then press Play. Once the time expires and you begin your break, you can view another timer that tells you how long before you need to get back to work. When you go back to work, the program will automatically begin ticking down to your next break. Though it doesn't do anything particularly special or boast any exciting bonus features, Scirocco Take a Break can be useful to anyone who regulary toils at a computer terminal.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.1

  • Track how your time is spent with the new statistics form. View time spent working, on break as well as averages per hour and total time. Display includes a motivational pie-chart.
  • Additional static and dynamic tray icons to choose from
  • Timer automatically resets when computer comes out of standby or hibernation.


Release August 8, 2012
Date Added August 8, 2012
Version 3.1

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None


Total Downloads 51,337
Downloads Last Week 7
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Developer's Description

In today's world, we sit without moving for long hours in front of our computer screens. We hurt our eyes, shoulders, backs, and wrists. A short break every once in a while can reduce repetitive-stress injuries associated with computer usage. This free utility, which rests in the system tray, reminds us when to take a break, and it does so in style.

Some features include: complete customization of work, snooze and break times; visual and/or audio notifications; choice of displaying timer, starting screen saver or locking the workstation when on break; variety of tray icons for more discretion at work; statistics on time spent working, break time, total time and averages per hour; motivational pie-chart.