That means I’m at home on a clickity clackity keyboard as much as I am on Apple’s svelte and nearly silent MacBook and iMac keyboards. For some reason, a little keyboard noise subconsciously tells me I’m being productive (except for overusing the delete key).
A Story Of Keyboard Noise, Fun, And Solution
Until Apple’s latest and decidedly superior keyboards, I was a member of the Loud Keyboard Class and owner of a couple of Matias TactilePro keyboards.
The kind of keyboards that are so noisy your neighbors would start a petition forcing you to type only during business hours.
Use that keyboard in a cubicle? It was so loud fellow employees would slash the tires on your car in fits of frustration.
Today’s Mac keyboards– iMac USB, iMac Bluetooth, or MacBook versions– are firm, relatively quiet and provide a good sense of tactile feedback. But the soul of keyboarding is gone. What they’re missing is the sound of a good keyboard.
Enter Keyclick, an inexpensive Mac app (actually, a Preference Pane in System Preferences) that gives you audio feedback for everything, not just the keyboard.
It’s purely psychological, but Keyclicks makes your modern Mac sound like keyboards of the last century; clickity clackity noisy, but with an audio feedback that provides the feel of a real keyboard.
Wait! There’s More!
Alright, so there’s a cheap app that brings back noise to your keyboard so you can feel like something is happening when you type.
Keyclick does more. It clicks in real time, yes, but it helps you confirm each keystroke in audio for touch typists, and reduces the need for visual feedback from the screen (the difference between good typists and not-so-good-typists who spent more time looking at the typing rather than what was typed).
There’s even a full-on, old-fashioned typewriter keyboard sound, just in case you really need an injection of aural nostalgia, or you want to annoy anyone within hearing distance with how productive you think you are.
You can change to keyclick volume from the keyboard, including muting everything when the local cubicle dwellers grab pitchforks and begin searching for the noise offender.
Wait! There’s more! Keyclick also has sounds for the mouse button click, scrolling, tap-to-click, or two finger scrolling on a trackpad. There’s something strangely soothing about sound feedback when using the mouse and trackpad, as well as the keyboard.
This kind of keyclick noise isn’t for every Mac user, of course. For those of us in need of instant feedback, it’s a wonderful, inexpensive tool; which carries the added benefit of annoying those of a younger generation.