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IBM Selectric

Photo By Oliver Kurmis - Self-photographed, CC BY 2.5,

Make your Emacs sound like a proper typewriter. Extremely useful if you have a puny, silent, rubberish, non-clicky keyboard.

"I noticed this in the Spacemacs config and have it set up for occasional use. Makes writing documentation feel more important." -- mcguire on Hacker News

The sound of the typewriter moving and typing was recorded by a person nicknamed "secretmojo" and is available on and the bell was extracted from, recorded by "knufds", both available under a Creative Commons license. The sound of the margin bell, was extracted from by Joe Heyming.

To install it, simply add it to your load-path, require it:

(add-to-list 'load-path "~/.emacs.d/plugins/selectric-mode")
(require 'selectric-mode)

And then activate/deactivate with M-x selectric-mode. When it's activated, you'll hear a typing sound for confirmation. When it deactivates, you'll hear a carriage movement sound instead.

Alternatively, you can install it from MELPA.To install it, type M-x package-install [ret] selectric-mode

selectric-mode on MELPA

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