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How to enable keyboard typing sounds on Windows 10

Touch devices provide either audio or haptic feedback when users type on them. The feedback is often helpful in the absence of actual physical keys that you can tap/press though many users choose to disable it. If you find audio feedback for a keypress useful and would like to enable keyboard typing sounds on Windows 10, you’ll find the built-in options only allow that for the touch keyboard. If you do not have a touch screen, you’re going to need a third-party app to enable keyboard typing sounds for a physical keyboard.

There aren’t a lot of apps that enable keyboard typing sounds and the few there are have limitations. We’re going to recommend using MechVibes. This app plays an appropriately brief sound for each click. Its limitations are that it cannot be minimized to the system tray, and users cannot change the sound unless they feel like compiling the open-source app.

Keyboard typing sounds

Download and run MechVibes. The app only has one sound that you can use so there’s nothing to customize there. You can change the volume of the key sounds and that’s all you can do.

Leave the app running and each time you press a key, you will hear a sound. The sound is meant to mimic the sound you’d hear if you were using a mechanical keyboard. It’s not the same as the small tapping sounds you get on a smartphone but as far as the desktop is concerned, it fits the bill. You can pause the app any time you want.

Windows has an Ease of Access setting called Filter Keys. This setting, when enabled, will play a sound when you tap special keys on your keyboard e.g. the Shift or Control key. To enable Filter keys, open the Settings app and go to Ease of Access. Select the Keyboard tab under Interaction and turn on Filter Keys. Make sure the option to give audio feedback for a keypress is enabled.

If you’re up to it, you can probably write an AutoHotKey script to do the job too but it will be quite a tedious task given you’ll have to specify each key within the script. Still, it’s a good lightweight solution. We did try a few other apps but they seem to struggle with responsiveness i.e., you may have pressed several keys before a keypress is actually registered and a sound for it is played. MechVibes appears to work best of the lot.

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