How to Make My Laptop Sound Like a Typewriter

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How to Make My Laptop Sound Like a Typewriter
You can now make your computer sound like an old-fashioned typewriter. (vintage typewriter image by circotasu from

Mark Twain and Ernest Hemingway did not hear beeps and chimes while creating their masterpieces; they heard the mechanical clicks and metal bells of the typewriter. Very few people today sit down to compose on a typewriter; however, the retro clicking sound can be replicated while keying on a laptop. For those who want to hear that old typewriter sound without losing the luxury of the computer, there is a program called ClicKey. The program is free, the downloadable file is small and it's just a click away.

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  1. 1

    Visit and download the free ClicKey program. It is 42k and is a stand-alone application, which means it does not install on your computer. It can instead be stored in a folder on your computer.

  2. 2

    Place a shortcut to ClicKey in your Windows Start Up menu if you want to hear the sound every time you turn on your computer.

  3. 3

    Choose one of the 26 sounds available. Most of the sounds are of the classic typewriter, while other sounds are beeps, dings and other short sounds.

  4. 4

    Set the volume. ClicKey will load with a preset volume, but it can be adjusted. Enter the preferred volume level, from 100 being loudest to 0 being quietest.

  5. 5

    Press the "Set" key.

  6. 6

    Choose the "Remove" button to discontinue using the ClicKey sound. The sound will return to normal, and ClicKey will be removed from the computer memory.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep in mind that computer sounds can be disturbing to those around you.

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