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Old 05-31-2007, 03:45 PM
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Simulated typewriter typeface in Microsoft Word?

Does anyone know whether there is a standard typeface in Microsoft Word that simulates traditional typewriter type? The only one that occurs to me off the top of my head is Courier, but that doesn't really look typewriterish enough in my view.
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Old 05-31-2007, 03:52 PM
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Does anyone know whether there is a standard typeface in Microsoft Word that simulates traditional typewriter type? The only one that occurs to me off the top of my head is Courier, but that doesn't really look typewriterish enough in my view.
It's not a Word issue, you just need a typewriterish font loaded onto your computer. Google for typewriter font. Here is one site: http://simplythebest.net/fonts/typewriter_fonts.html
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Old 05-31-2007, 03:57 PM
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Courier (and Courier New) are probably about as close as you will come to a typewriter font, unless you can download a different one from somewhere else.

One thing that makes it "typewriterish" is that it is a monospaced font, rather than proportionally spaced. This means that an "i" takes up just as much space as an "M".

It pretty much duplicates the IBM Selectric typewriter using (of all things) a Courier type ball. If you want something that looks more like an old manual typewriter, with uneven strokes and worn letters, you'll have to find something different.

ETA: Like the ones DanBlather has linked to.

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Old 05-31-2007, 04:12 PM
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Thanks!
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On my Microsoft Office for Mac, it has an "American Typewriter" font that looks more typewriterish to me than Courier.
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Old 05-31-2007, 05:55 PM
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There was never a "standard" design for typewriter typefaces. Each manufacturer, and often each typewriter model, had its own design. The only requirement was that it was monospaced. Both Courier and American Typewriter are legitimate typewriter fonts, among many others.
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Old 05-31-2007, 06:32 PM
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You might check out Comic Book Fonts to see if they have anything like you're looking for.
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Old 05-31-2007, 07:41 PM
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There is a font called Trixie, made by LettError which simulates an old fashioned typewriter with a bad ribbon, even. It's not free, but if you only need one or two styles/weights, it's not so bad. You can see what it looks like at The FontShop.
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Old 06-01-2007, 01:15 AM
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You might check out Comic Book Fonts to see if they have anything like you're looking for.
None of those are monospaced, and traditional typewriter fonts always are.
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Old 06-01-2007, 09:43 AM
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Thanks for all the info.

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There was never a "standard" design for typewriter typefaces.
Okay, but I don't think I suggested there was. I just said that Courier doesn't give me enough of a typewriterish feel.
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Old 06-01-2007, 09:45 AM
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Does anyone know whether there is a standard typeface in Microsoft Word that simulates traditional typewriter type? The only one that occurs to me off the top of my head is Courier, but that doesn't really look typewriterish enough in my view.
Planning to type up some Air National Guard memos, are you?
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Old 06-01-2007, 11:58 AM
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Planning to type up some Air National Guard memos, are you?
Yeah, heh. More a bit of nostalgia. I'm working on a piece and I thought I might inspire myself by making it look like a traditional typed manuscript. Anyone know of a free font based on Royal or Smith-Corona type?

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A true typewiter simulation would include irregularities in the characters: some with slight misalignment, perhaps some letters filled in, from ink buildup. There are fonts like this, but I can't think of any offhand.
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Actually, several of the typefaces in Dan Blather's link seem to include such irregularities.
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Old 06-01-2007, 01:24 PM
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Actually, several of the typefaces in Dan Blather's link seem to include such irregularities.
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Old 06-01-2007, 01:56 PM
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Are you trying to insinuate something?
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Old 06-01-2007, 02:16 PM
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The username and the subject matter made for a funny moment for me there.

YMMV.
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I've often wondered why it is necessary for expensive computer and software applications to accurately depict a 1930's Underwood. What's the point??
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That went by me, so thanks for pointing it out, Mr. Moto. It is pretty funny.
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I've often wondered why it is necessary for expensive computer and software applications to accurately depict a 1930's Underwood. What's the point??
Same reason you use one to turn out something that looks like a wanted poster from the Wild West, or James Lileks uses 40s and 50s motifs to jazz up his website.

Computers are great tools for graphic design.
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Same reason you use one to turn out something that looks like a wanted poster from the Wild West, or James Lileks uses 40s and 50s motifs to jazz up his website.

Computers are great tools for graphic design.
Really? You think a person could make a living using a computer to do graphic design?
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Old 06-03-2007, 09:08 PM
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Okay, now I also want the sound of typing

I found several interesting typewriter-simulation typefaces by doing a search as suggested. There are some pretty good ones there. But what I realized is that what I really want is an "idealized" typewriter typeface. I want a Royal and an Underwood, but the Royal typefaces I found were a bit too distressed. Anyone locate one that looks like it came from the ideally perfect Royal instead of a battered 60-year-old one?

Also, I wonder if there is any software out there that allows you to hear the sound of typing on a Royal or an Underwood manual while you're using the associated typeface in a word processor.
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Old 06-03-2007, 09:21 PM
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There were programs that simulated the sound of a typewriter, but I've no idea what their names are. I also think that they made noise whenever you hit a key, and not just when you were using a specific font in a word processor.
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Old 06-03-2007, 09:28 PM
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http://yaodownload.com/utilites/...board-sounder/

demo is free, but $25 sounds a bit steep just to make noise...
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Old 06-03-2007, 09:30 PM
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here's a free one:

http://soft32.com/Download/Free/.../4-8374-1.html
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Old 06-03-2007, 10:52 PM
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Just go to a Goodwill and buy a typewriter for less than the cost of the software and fonts.
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Old 06-04-2007, 12:05 AM
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... Also, I wonder if there is any software out there that allows you to hear the sound of typing ...
I use this, Noisy Keyboard (and Noisy Mouse), it's free, it's small -500 KB, and basically just adds events to the Windows Control Panel/Sounds module while it's running. You can assign special sounds to certain keys (arrow keys, space bar, back space and delete keys) or give them all the same sound. It comes with 7 .wav files, but any .wav file could be used.
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... a Royal or an Underwood manual while you're using the associated typeface in a word processor.
That it won't do, you'd have to reset all the sound events for the keyboard every time you change fonts.

If ya hunt around there are lots of old timey keystroke sounds on the web, maybe not the exact sound that a Royal or Underwood manual would make but close enough.

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Old 06-04-2007, 10:10 AM
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Just go to a Goodwill and buy a typewriter for less than the cost of the software and fonts.
Ah, yes, that would be simpler, but really I only want to simulate typing. My pinkies have never been strong enough to operate a manual, no matter how much I played around with my dad's old Smith-Corona as a kid.
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