Archive for June, 2011

Counting my key presses

Friday, June 3rd, 2011


Counting and visualising which keyboard keys I press the most often

keypress distribution


the left Ctrl buttonI noticed something yesterday.

The lettering on my left Ctrl button is a lot more faded than the lettering on my right Ctrl button.

I must press the left Ctrl button more often than I do the right one.

That got me looking at the rest of the keys on the keyboard. Some of them are faded, too. Some a little, some a lot.

the right Ctrl buttonI must press some of those keys more than I do others.

I’ve played hangman, so I know that there are some letters that occur more frequently in English words than others. So I could have just said that those are the keys I probably use the most and left it at that.

But… I don’t spend that much time writing documents or large chunks of English.

I’m a code monkey. I’m not sure that distribution would necessarily apply to me.

For example, I probably use the semi-colon key quite a lot – at the end of every line when writing in some languages. That wouldn’t be true for people writing English.

So I wondered how much I use each keyboard key in comparison to each other.

Being an obsessive compulsive geek, I couldn’t leave that as an idle wondering. I had to find out. I had to go and get the data.