[Contest] Keyboard Tracer

| July 10, 2013

Keyboard Tracer is an easy to use program that keeps track of all the keys you press in a simple to read log file. What it keeps track of includes Alt, shift, fn, caps lock, esc, etc keys that you may use during the course of a day. It also keeps track of keys used when you write a word document or any other Office program is used. You can import the log file in a text file, if you want. Keyboard Tracer does NOT contain and spyware or malware. I scanned it first and my anti-virus came up clean. So there is no need to worry about getting any nasties when using this program.

It runs in the background and uses very little memory and the CPU usage is minimal as well. It is very easy  to use. When you start the program it starts recording what keys you are using immediately. There is an option to start the program as soon as Windows loads up. I chose to not use that function as I don’t like to have a lot of programs running at start up. But, due to the low CPU and memory usage you could have it set to auto-run if you want.

When it is running it keeps track of keys used, the time, date and the application that is being used. It also uses these functions with all applications you use, while it is recording. And, for those who are working on improving their typing speed, it keeps track of this as well. This is good for those who are taking word processing classes or simply trying to type more words per minute.

When you start the program here is the first screen you see:


Here you have the main menu:

1. The red button is the start recording button. This starts to record all keystrokes to a log file that is specified in the settings menu.

2. The black circle, with the square, is the stop record button.

3. The symbol with the keyboard and hand is the Launch button.

4. The gear icon is the setting button. This opens the settings window.

5. The question mark, in blue, is the help button. This opens the help file.

6. The last button is the stop recording and exit the program button.

7. In the top right is the About button. This tells you what version you are running and if it is a registered copy or not.

In the center window you can view the start time of recording, the length of time the program has been recording and the number of key pressed.

Settings Window:

Here you can choose to start the program when Windows starts, this is set as default until you un-check the box. And you can choose where to save the .log file. And it shows the hot keys to show or hide the main window.


List of program files:

Keyboard Tracer consists of two programs:

1. Keyboard Logger, which is labeled as logger.exe. This is used to track all key presses.

2. Keyboard tracer, which is labeled as tracer.exe. This is used to view all recorded activity.

In addition it also is made up of the following files:

1. Logger.exe this is the program that preforms the actual keyboard logging.

2. Tracer.exe this is used to view the keyboard activity.

3. Readme.txt this is a description of the program.

4. Keyboard.dll this is the system file where the key strokes are stored.

5. Keyboard.chm this is the help file that describes the use of the program.

If you have the program set to launch at Windows start it will place an icon in the system tray, lower right corner of the screen. To view it simply right click and select Show Keyboard Logger. Or you can use the default hot keys, Ctrl + Shift + k, to open it as well.

To view your activity, there are three ways to do this, simply choose one of the methods below:

1. Right click the icon in the system tray and select Launch Keyboard Tracer.

2. Manually launch the Tracer.exe either through Explorer or the Start Menu.

3. In the main window select Launch Keyboard Tracer button.

Overall, I think this is a nice little program that can be of use to those who wish to increase typing speed, see what keys they used in an application (especially useful in case you happen to forget them), and to help keep track of keys used on a day to day basis. Here are the Pros and Cons of this product after I tested it out.


1. Light on CPU and memory usage.

2. Easy to use and easy to read log file.

3. Helps you remember certain key combinations, if you happen to forget them.

4. Simple and easy to use settings and functions.


1. The only problem I found was that, after install, it automatically sets to run at Windows start up. This can be changed easily. But, this is just a minor annoyance.

Reviewer: merkxr

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