Subscriber Gary wrote recently from New Zealand about his new Windows 7 computer:
I have just setup a new computer running Windows 7. All sounds work except for the keystroke sounds, e.g. caps lock.
I have the relevant activation selections in "Ease of Access > Make the Keyboard easier to use".
I wrote back to Gary to tell him that I don’t think Windows 7 provides keystroke sounds.
I suspected that he had downloaded an add-on program for his previous Windows computer in order to add sounds to his keyboard keystrokes.
Since he mentioned the Caps Lock key, I wanted to make sure that he understood that Caps Lock does not generate a keyboard signal when you press it. It is one of the keys known as a key modifier – it’s not a “key” itself.
When you press Caps Lock, Alt, Ctrl, WindowsKey or Shift, they do not send a keypress signal from the keyboard to the motherboard.
However, if you hold down one of them (or have Caps Lock turned on) while you press a different key, the keypress signal sent from the keyboard indicates to the motherboard’s BIOS (and through the motherboard, to the operating system) that the key was pressed and which key modifier was pressed at the same time.
Gary wrote back to say:
Many thanks for your response. I have downloaded Jingle Keyboard, which has installed a selectable list of key sounds that fit my needs.