I am trying to kick the habit of using a mouse where I could use keyboard shortcuts, for ergonomic reasons. I believe that if I see some statistics of my use of both input devices, I could reduce my use of mouse clicks. Do you know of any free software I can install on my Windows XP machine that counts keypresses and mouse button presses and displays an hourly/daily report? No fancy GUI is needed - just two summary lines.
I think this is what you want:
From the site:
"Display system information!"
EditByBSEditor: 1.Mouse Click counter The Mouse Click counter shows the number of mouse clicks you have performed since you started the TypOmeter.
2.Speedometer The Speedometer shows the speed you are typing with. The speed is measured in keystrokes pr minute. The range of the speedometer is from zero to 900 keystrokes pr minute. The speedometer scale has indicators for every 150 keystrokes pr minute.
3.Max Speed indicator The Max Speed indicator shows the the maximum speed you have typed with the last ten seconds. It uses the same scale as the Speedometer. If you concentrate on the typing a while, you can watch this indicator afterwards to check how fast you typed the last couple of sentences.
4.Over All Total counter (x1000) The Over All Total counter shows number of thousands keypress and MouseClicks you have performed ever. (At least as long as you have used the TypOmeter...)
5.Key Press counter The Key Press counter shows the number of keypresses you have performed since you started the TypOmeter.
6.Word Counter The Word Counter shows you how many words you have typed. This feature works best while writing prosa, i.e. like writing a Word-document. Please also see the the Word pr minute indicator.
7.Max Speed Reached indicator This inidcator will get red if your typing speed exeeds 900 keystrokes pr minute, which is the limit of the TypOmeter.
- Bad Key indicator The red area shows the amount of Backspace and Delete Key-hits you have performed today, in percent of total keypresses. The red area should of course be as small as possible.
And the best part :
License: Freeware Free
This application is so old that it doesn't work in modern versions of Windows. While asking the same question on a different thread, I have found a very useful app that works on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. It's named WhatPulse and you can learn more about how it works, here: How many key presses and mouse clicks do you perform in a day?