A tiny utility to give silent keyboards a 'click' sound of their own
by Steve Gibson, Gibson Research Corporation.
|Page last modified: May 15, 2006 at 12:06||Developed by Steve Gibson|
If you miss the days of clanky keyboards, or you'd
like an audible indication when your keyboard's
keys are recognized, this little utility is for you.
I "Googled" and looked around the Internet for an appropriate bit of freeware to solve the problem and give my keyboard a click sound, but I was unable to find anything suitable. So I decided to write my own ultra-small "GRC style" solution in assembly language. I rolled up my sleeves and ClicKey was born not long after.
My desktop machines all have clanky older-style "Northgate" keyboards using wonderfully noisy "ALPS" keyswitches, but I have seen that other laptop and most recent desktop keyboards are "too quiet". So I thought that perhaps other people might want to add a bit of aural feedback to their laptop and desktop typing experience.
to enhance your computer experience. I
hope you find it useful and valuable.
However, before you do this, you will want to determine which of ClicKey's 26 built-in sounds you wish to use, and at what volume.
That specification should then be added to the Windows shortcut after the "clickey.exe" command (see example below), otherwise ClicKey will pop-up its Sound Chooser dialog box every time Windows starts.
Choosing the best sound and volume:
When ClicKey is started without any sound specification options, it assumes that you want to choose a sound, so it switches into "Sound Chooser" mode and displays its Sound Chooser dialog:
While ClicKey's Sound Chooser dialog is highlighted and has the system "focus", each one of your keyboard's A through Z keys will "play" each of ClicKey's corresponding sounds at the volume currently set by the Volume control slider.
The inset window at the bottom center continuously shows the current sound and volume. This line, containing a sound= and volume= command, shows you what to place into a Windows shortcut in order to startup ClicKey so that it will play the current sound for every key on your keyboard.
The "Set" and "Remove" buttons also allow you to install (or keep) ClicKey running at the time, or remove it from RAM memory to restore your keyboard to is usual silent non-ClicKey operation.
That's the whole ClicKey story.
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