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Simple Task Logging Tool for Windows

August 2nd, 2006

After seeing "Quick-log your work day" in Lifehacker, I find it too troublesome to create vbscript just to perform simple file writing. So, I came up with my own quick-log tool using command prompt batch file.

Download it here: Simple Task Logging Tool


  1. Unzip the file.
  2. Put the log.bat file at your desktop.
  3. Double click on the file when you have something to log.
  4. Type in whatever you want, followed by 'Enter'.
  5. A log.txt file will be generated.

It runs properly on my Microsoft Windows XP Pro. Hope it works for you too.

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14 Responses

gbyeow says:

Haha. Falling in love with batch and shell script?

EngLee says:

Not really. Created it just to log my office tasks. And also because the proxy server blocked me from downloading the vbscript from Lifehacker. LOL

gbyeow says:

Go PC Fair or not? I’m heading there on Friday morning. Haha. Maybe I’ll drop by the office and disturb you all :p

EngLee says:

I’ll ask them then let you know.

FEPY » Geek to Live: QuickLogger redux says:

[…] Finally, reader EngLee created a very simple 3-liner that can be run from the Windows Command line. […]

Jim Peterson says:

Cool script, I never knew how to get user input in a batch file. Thanks!

Bill Peschel says:

Very nice. I’m going to give it a try. Thank you for making it easier for me.

Letsrock says:

Thank You! I was looking for something like this to help me organize my daily tasks for my performance review and similar to your situation, I can’t run .vbs on my work computer. Ciao!

Peter says:

Brilliantly simple. Will try it as a replacement to my neglected paper log right away.

Richard says:

Amazing what you can with with dumb old DOS commands!!! Thanks – Rich

Mick says:

Nice Script Thanx

Batch is more alive then you think brainless peace off shit

Fabio Cevasco says:

Thanks a lot for your script. I also ended up rolling out my own, although is a little more complex but does a bit more than just logging.

Dan says:

Many thanks! I’m an idiot who couldn’t get the lifehacker script to work, and this is a great tool to use..

Markus says:

Nice script. 😉

You know that you can try something like Logtext too? It does pretty much the same thing but is much more flexible. http://www.logtext.de

Although the software is free of charge the developer still refuses to release the source code.