2. Control panel

The Control panel window is enabled only for users with rights Boss. From Subordinate session user can open Control panel only if the program is protected by the password.

The password can be defined in the Options window. When the password isn't defined you can't open Control panel in Subordinate's session, but you can open Control panel from Boss session.

By default the password isn't defined.

For starting Control panel you should click the right mouse button on the Time Boss icon in the system tray and to choose item Control panel.

The Control panel window contains of some identical tabs, one for each user. For adding, renaming, deleting users use the buttons located on the right of the window.

The disabled settings are turned off (gray color).

The panel Control panel defines type of rights for user - Boss or Subordinate.

Figure 2.1. Computer time limitation

Computer time limitation

If the toggle Enable in Log panel is turned on, the start-stop events for selected user will be saved to Event Log.

If the toggle Log programs is also turned, Event Log will also show you all programs the user have used (and time when programs have been started and stopped). Time Boss doesn't trace the programs from Windows system folders if the Sys. programs is disabled.

If the toggle Screenshots is turned on, the screenshots will be automaticly made and saved every several minuts (defined in the Options window) for active user and then you can see them in Event Log, on the page Screenshots.

The panels How much time allowed and When allowed define the allowed computer working time for selected user.

Here it is possible to specify the time limitation, allocated to the user and a time range when the user can use the computer.

If Time range is selected, the user can work only in this time range. If current time isn't in the allowed time range then the user's session will be closed.

To disable Time range select No time range.

If you want no restrictions for the beginning of work on a computer, simply do not specify parameter From. If you want no restrictions for the ending of work on computer, do not specify parameter To.

To enable Time-table select Use time-table option. With mouse specify hours in the days of week when the user can work. To mark necessary hours faster please move the mouse with the pressed right button over time-table. Please use mouse+Crtl for 15 min accuracy.

In the panel Forced breaks you can set a session limit, which controls how long at one sitting the computer may be used and how long the user must wait before being able to log again in ANY session. If remaining(stayed) time is less than 5 minutes that session limitation is ignored.

In the panel Bonus on weekend it is possible to specify additional time for user on the weekend.This time will be added automatically on each weekend day. You can define weekend days in Options window.

If you specify an option Cancel option "When allowed" - that time range will not be used on the weekend.

If you specify an option Cancel option "Forced breaks" - session limitation will not be used on the weekend.

If you want to see the remaining time of current day - press the button Today's control. Last remaining time. The window Today's control. Last remaining time shows remaining time for user of current day. You can increase or reduce this time if you need - this changes will take effect only for the current day.

Figure 2.2. Today's control. Last remaining time

Today's control. Last remaining time

For example, your dear child has asked you to play half an hour more - you can simply add 30 minutes. Thus pay attention to the resolved(allowed) time range. If you specify an option Cancel option "When allowed" - that time range will not be used today.

The panel Browser time limitation allows to enter time limitation for internet browsers (e.g. Internet Explorer, Chrome....). Time restrictions are set similarly with time limitation on the panel Computer time limitation.

The panel Messengers time limitation allows to enter time limitation for internet messengers (e.g. Skype, AOL...). Time restrictions are set similarly with time limitation on the panel Computer time limitation.

You can define the list of browsers and messengers located on your PC in Options window. By default there are only popular internet browsers and messengers. If it is necessary, you can add there names of any programs you want, example: icq.exe... or online games, such as wow.exe.

Figure 2.3. Black and white lists of programs

Black and white lists of programs

The panel Black and white lists of programs defines the programs, groups of programs and folders with programs that you want to disable or to limit.

The Active column allows to enable or disable this line.

The disabled folder (or disk) disables all programs installed in it.

If you want to disable all programs except for a few - activate the option White list on panel Type of list. In this case, all programs will be prohibited except systems programs and programs from the White list. If you want to use browsers (e.g. Internet Explorer) or other programs - add this programs in White list.

If it is necessary to set time limitation for the specified program (folder, group), press the button Time limit with Clock image at right.

The name of the program in the Black list (White list) can be changed manually using the button Edit name. It is convenient for removing full path in the name of programs.

If the name of the program is without full path then restrictions operate on this program without dependence from what folder of a disk this program was started. For example, for World of Warcraft simply specify wow.exe.

Figure 2.4. Black and white lists of internet sites

Black and white lists of internet sites

The panel Black and white lists of internet sites defines forbidden,limited Internet sites or groups of sites. You can define the time limitation for internet sites (button Time limit with Clock image at right). The time limitation for sites is similarly with time limitation on the panel Computer time limitation.

You can define a list of allowed internet sites. All others internet sites will be blocked. In this case press White list on panel Type of list. Allowed sites can be time limited.

The 'http:' notation is not necessary in websites names.

Black and white lists of internet sites is active only for Internet Explorer.

So Black and white lists of internet sites does not work in other web-browsers (like FireFox, Chrome....). Black and white lists of internet sites does not work in InPrivate mode in Internet Explorer.

But... if needed you can disable all web-browsers exept Internet Explorer and you can disable InPrivate mode in Internet Explorer. For this activate options Allow only IE using and Disable InPrivate mode on page Internet Filter.

Figure 2.5. Internet filter

Internet filter

The panel Internet filter defines Internet content filter.

Internet filter is active only for Internet Explorer.

So Internet Filter does not work if your kid use other web-browser (like FireFox, Chrome....).

But... if needed you can disable all web-browsers exept Internet Explorer. For this activate option Allow only IE using on page Internet Filter.

The panel Internet filter is active only if is enabled Time Boss IE monitor (see Options ).

This setting will only work with Internet Explorer and take effect after closing this window and reopening Internet Explorer.

Please enable Time Boss internet module in Internet Explorer if you use Internet Explorer 9,8,7 (in Windows 7 or Vista). For this open Manage Add-ons window in Internet Explorer (Properties->Programs->Manage Add-ons) and set status to enable for the module IE monitor (part of Time Boss application). This settings take effect after reopening Internet Explorer.

You can edit, add and remove bad words and phrases used in content flter in window Forbidden words and phrases (Control panel->Oprions->button Internet filter. Forbidden words and phrases)

Figure 2.6. System protection

System protection

The panel System protection allows disable some Windows programs (like Taskmanager, regedit ...) and devices. Some options need LogOn/LogOff to take effect.

The panel Folders protection on page System protection allows to limit users access to folders. At attempt of the user to read a folder (to open it) Windows will give out the message "Access denied". Program automatically forbids access to folder with screenshots (...\Time Boss\Screenshots) for all Subordinates users.

The panel Miscellaneous has several options:

Figure 2.7. Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

The panel Warning before terminating defines the text of warning message, sound and the time when this warning will be showed.

You can use any mp3 file as sound file. More simple sounds are in TB folder or in system folder C:\Windows\Media.

The "Stealth" mode disables the icon of Time Boss in system tray (defined user wouldn't see Time Boss components).

The Shutdown the computer if terminate enables/disables the power off instead log off for user if the time is up.

The Show countdown window before enables/disables the countdown window on desktop for selected user.

In the table Grants list on panel Time grants it is possible to add time grants for the chosen user.

Figure 2.8. Time grants

Time grants

Time grant is a key word (key) and time bonus. The subordinate user can select Get grant item in popup menu in Time Boss icon in tray. Then user input a key word and receive the time bonus when the key is valid.

For example, after the child has made homework, you can by the phone tell him the key word of the grant. The child will enter key and will receive additional time.

Time grants are valid for all users and for all time limited objects (programs, websites...).

All changes in Control panel will be saved when you close the window or conected to other computer (for PRO version).