Writing on a manual [typewriter] makes you slower in a good way, I think. You don’t revise as much, you just think more, because you know you’re going to have to retype the entire fucking thing. Which is a big stop on just slapping anything down and playing with it.
Will Self

TypewriterReading the title you can probably guess what this program can do, or more what it can’t do. The above quote got me thinking about the process of writing on a typewriter and I was surprised to not be able to find any program that could mimic that interaction.

So on a whim I ran with this weird idea and turned to Elance, where I found Denis Sokol in Russia and he created this program.

It’s super, super simple and basic. All you can do is type in one direction. You can’t delete, you can’t copy, you can’t paste. You can save and print. And you can switch between black text on white and green on black; full screen and window.


The program runs through Java, so it should work on any operating system, but make sure you have the latest version of Java here. Feel free to share, modify, and post the program however you like. All I ask is that you please reference this site with a link either directly to this post or the site (http://www.lifehackingmovie.com).
Hope you enjoy and let me know what are you thoughts are on using it.

CC-GNU GPL
This software is licensed under the CC-GNU GPL version 2.0 or later.

  • Manilov

    Hello!
    I just installed the latest Java, but I can’t run the program, there is no executable or installation file! Am I missing something? Thanks!

  • George Marquis

    The one change I would make is allowing copying into Word. That way I could write, say, twenty pages in one go, let them sit for a bit, and then get them into Word without having to transcribe. My problem is compulsive editing, and a program like this would help- but, I would still like to be able to copy and past into Word so I *can* edit when I choose to. Clever idea, by the way. I quite like it.

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  • Dez

    gave it a go, but after 5 mins trying to make use of it I sadly had to give up sorry, better luck next time.. i’ve gone back to writeroom ;-(

  • Jen

    Pity you can’t delete. I like this app, but even my old typewriter from 1984 has a backspace and a correcting ribbon. I’m not a good enough typist to make zero mistakes as I go along, so I’ll just have to stick to something that allows correction.

  • http://kristenatunstall.com/ Kristena Patton Tunstall

    You can save it as a .txt file and then pull that file up into Word so you can edit it later. I hope this helps.