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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Visit GRC.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
Press the "Set" key.
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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