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Typewriters

Typewriters are mechanical machines. Letters and symbols are embossed on metal bars, which strike a ribbon of ink. This leaves the inked impression of the character on a piece of paper that has been placed on the other side of the ribbon. Typewriters were common previous to computer keyboards and printers.

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Advantages of computer over manual typewriter?

1. you can add pictures to stuff

2. you can do other things besides type

3. you can just hit the backspace button instead of having to start all over or use white out.

Think about it this way all a type writer can do is type so just think about all the things you can do with a computer besides type! But most of all you can play games!

* You save time as typing in a computer is not as strenuous as typing in a manual typewriter.

* You can edit your files anytime and save a copy on a disc, USB, or the computer itself.

* Work done on a computer is pleasing to look at with zero-minimal errors as you can easily do a grammar and spelling check.

What is the center point of a pica typewriter?

Pica is a measuring system used for measuring the height of type.

Typewriter is a tool used to keyboard characters against a ribbon and strike a piece of paper.

Home keys on a typewriter are with the index fingers on (l) F, and (r) J.

What is the difference between a computer and a typewriter?

  • A computer on its own cannot print: it requires an external device to print
  • A computer printer is useless without a computer to drive it, but a typewriter is self-contained
  • While modern typewriters are electric, the majority of typewriters for decades were manual - no electricity required. A computer cannot function with electricity of some description (including batteries)
  • A typewriter creates the letters by pressing ink through a ribbon
  • The computer is well known, whereas a typewriter has never been seen by some of the younger generation
  • Some forms of modern typewriter can "erase" mistakes: no printer has this function because it can all be controlled through the computer
Expanded answerAll of the above. A typewriter is completely autonomous in that anyone can use it without having to know anything about menus and settings and preferences, and without needing any kind of experience or knowledge of specific programs. It is a machine in the true sense of the word... a MECHANICAL device requiring certain effort or imput on the part of the operator, in order to perform its function.

A computer on the other hand is NOT mechanical, it is electronic; a series of electrical impulses transmitted through various microchips and P.S.Bs replaces the typeface-to-key-linkages of the typewriter. A "false" visual interpretation (the screen) replaces the more traditional direct-to-paper approach, and for this reason makes pre-print editing possible without the production of one or more draft copies.

A computer is also capable of making calculations and some decisions WITHOUT the direct imput or effort of the operator, in fact, some computers do not require operators at all, only maintenance personel. (they have not learned to fix themselves yet, thankfully!) No matter how advanced a typewriter is, it can never be capable of making any kind of calculation other than those required to produce a visual representation of letters on an LCD display (if you have a REALLY fancy electric one!)

If you could connect a computer keyboard directly to a printer you would have an electric typewriter. This became the rich-mans typewriter, or poor-mans computer some years ago, but is now primarily used in secretarial work and notation / short hand.

A typewriter cannot be programmed to act in a certain fashion and without specific input from the operator

You cannot play games on a typewriter

You cannot access the internet or send email with a typewriter, neither can it be connected to a telephone line (A TELEX machine, however can be)

A typewriter cannot form its own logical deductions based on input from the operator, and requires every decision to be made for it.

A typewriter cannot correct obvious errors without input from the operator. It does not recognise when an error has been made and presumes every action is deliberate.

A typewriter is not multi-functional as a computer. Typewriters are only used to type up things neatly onto a sheet of paper, but a computer can be used for surfing the web, learning, communicating and entertainment.

A typewriter is not multi-functional as a computer. Typewriters are only used to type up things neatly onto a sheet of paper, but a computer can be used for surfing the web, learning, communicating and entertainment.

Computer is well known, whereas typewriter has never been seen by some of the younger generation.

If you are writing on a computer, you can change fonts, spell check, move your words and paragraphs around easily, and switch between multiple documents. On a typewriter, the font is what it is. You spell check by using a dictionary. If you make an error or change your mind, you have to start over. Only one document can be in a typewriter at a time.

What are the parts of the typewriter?

Parts of a TypewriterThe basic parts of a typewriter are:

keytop

shift key

spacebar

carriage

carriage return lever (electric typewriters may have a return key instead)

carriage release lever

ribbon

ribbon vibrator (raises and lowers ribbon)

type guide

paper table

platen (the large spool the paper goes around)

platen knob

feed roller

type lever

carriage return lever

ribbon reverse button

typebars

For a labeled diagram of the parts of a typewriter, please go to the Related Links.

How typewriter is good than computer?

Typewriter can use without electricity/power. Computer require power supply to type.

In typewriter as you type the matter, the Hardcopy also is ready. In computer first you need to type then you need the help of printer to get the hardcopy.

Typewriter is less expensive and computer more expensive

Part of typewriter and their function?

1.Carriage Return- lever or key used for returning the carrisge to the right to start a new line. 2.Left Carriage Release- lever at the end that frees carriage so it can be moved by hand 3.Platen or Cylinder knob- handle at iether end of cylinder 4.line Space Lever or Regulator- controls space between lines 5.Platen or Cylinder- rubber roller around which the paper moves 6.Paper guide- blade against which paper is placed 7.Card Holder- presses cards and envelopes close to the cylinder. 8.Left Margin Stop- Key,lever or button used to adjust the setting of margins. 9.Printing-point Indicator- indicates scale point where machine is ready to print 10.Paper Bail- clamps the paper to cylinder 11.Right Margin Stop- lever to adjust setting of margins 12.Paper Release- loosens paper for straightening or removing 13.Right Carriage Release- lever at right to free carriage so it can be moved by hand 14.Right Platen knob- handle at end of the cylinder 15.Carriage- top moving part that carries paper 16.Backspace Key- moves carriage backone space at a time 17.Tab Set Key- places at tab stop at desired point 18.Tab Bar or Tabulator- releases carriage so it moves to a point where a tab stop has been set 19.Space bar- advances carriage one space at a time 20.Tab Clear Key- removes tab stops at a time 21.margin release- unlocks the margin stop 22.Ribbon Color Control- let disengage ribbon or any part of it like red or black if your ribbon is of two colors.

Who invented the typewriter?

The first typewriter, a invention made by the Austrian carpenter Peter Mitterhofer in 1864, can be seen at the technical museum in Vienna (Austria).

Christopher Latham Sholes also invented a typewriter. Sholes was a U.S. mechanical engineer who invented the first practical modern typewriter, patented in 1868. Sholes invented the typewriter with partners S. W. Soule and G. Glidden, that was manufactured (by Remington Arms Company) in 1873.

Interestingly, they put all the letters for the word 'typewriter' into the top line, to make it easier for demonstrators.

The actual concept of a typewriter goes back at least to 1714, when Englishman Henry Mill filed a poorly-worded patent for "an artificial machine or method for the impressing or transcribing of letters singly or progressively one after another."

The very first typewriter proven to have actually worked was built by the Italian, Pellegrino Turri in 1808 for his blind friend Countess Carolina Fantoni da Fivizzano.

Sholes applied for a North American Patent in 1873 and his machine introduced the qwerty keyboard. The machine was actually produced by the Remington Arms Company.

The first typewriter was invented and patented by Christopher Latham Sholes in 1867. His design was improved, modified and adapted by other engineers in the late 19th Century.

Why did typewriters stop being used?

I believe that typewriters stopped being used during the early 1980s, when computers and printers were made widely available.

What was used before the typewriter or computer?

steel point pen, and before that the quill pen.

What is the similarity between a computer and a typewriter?

Similarities is that they both have a keyboard for typing purposes.

What do you call a girl who uses a typewriter?

Anyone who uses a typewriter can be called a typist, although typewriters are getting harder and harder to come by.

Why were typewriters invented?

It was invented to help writers and also to help people in businesses. It soon became used for everyone as a way to type faster, send letters and more. Hand written letter were also hard to read at times making miscommunication a real problem.

Where to find Royal typewriter ribbon?

at a type writer store

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Several companies still list them on the internet. See the link below for one of many.

What are the parts and functions of manual typewriter?

1.Carriage Return- lever or key used for returning the carrisge to the right to start a new line. 2.Left Carriage Release- lever at the end that frees carriage so it can be moved by hand 3.Platen or Cylinder knob- handle at iether end of cylinder 4.line Space Lever or Regulator- controls space between lines 5.Platen or Cylinder- rubber roller around which the paper moves 6.Paper guide- blade against which paper is placed 7.Card Holder- presses cards and envelopes close to the cylinder. 8.Left Margin Stop- Key,lever or button used to adjust the setting of margins. 9.Printing-point Indicator- indicates scale point where machine is ready to print 10.Paper Bail- clamps the paper to cylinder 11.Right Margin Stop- lever to adjust setting of margins 12.Paper Release- loosens paper for straightening or removing 13.Right Carriage Release- lever at right to free carriage so it can be moved by hand 14.Right Platen knob- handle at end of the cylinder 15.Carriage- top moving part that carries paper 16.Backspace Key- moves carriage backone space at a time 17.Tab Set Key- places at tab stop at desired point 18.Tab Bar or Tabulator- releases carriage so it moves to a point where a tab stop has been set 19.Space bar- advances carriage one space at a time 20.Tab Clear Key- removes tab stops at a time 21.margin release- unlocks the margin stop 22.Ribbon Color Control- let disengage ribbon or any part of it like red or black if your ribbon is of two colors.

How much is a typewriter worth?

The value of a typewriter depends on the model of the typewriter as well as the age and condition, but they can vary anywhere from $20-2,000. If you're lucky, antique stores and flea markets may have typewriters that you can get for a steal...provided the owner doesn't know what they have.

What are the functions of a typewriter?

Answerthe function of a type writer is to get result along as we type.it is not strenuous and it also does not affect our eyes.it only has one disadvantage thatis once a mistake is made while typing cannot be corrected

Did qwert yuiop invent the typewriter?

No. There is no such person as Qwert Yuiop. This is an Internet joke.

Advantage and disadvantage for electric typewriter?

It saves energy

It is faster than manual typewriter

It has memory

It has soft bottons

It is portable

Were there typewriters in World War 2?

Yes. The first typewriters were used in the late 19th century.