How to Recover Key Strokes on My Computer

By Kenneth Coppens

Keeping track of strokes on a computer keyboard is a great idea if you are a parent, business owner or just somebody who often forgets passwords or forgets to save documents. Parents can use it to monitor what their children are looking at and saying online, business owners can use it to track the amount of work being done by their employees, and it also comes in handy if you should ever forget a new user name or password. With a keylogger, every single stroke of the keyboard is recorded and kept in a file for you to check at any time.

Things You'll Need

  • Keylogger software

Step 1

Download a keylogging program. There are several different free keyloggers available for free on the Internet. Some good keyloggers can be found at and

Step 2

Install the software according to the directions on the screen. Unless you know a lot about computers, do not attempt a manual installation.

Step 3

Open the program and set your preferences for how you want the keylogger to work. You can change the preferences by using the Tools bar at the top of the window. The main preference you need to worry about is whether you want the program to be hidden or not. If you are using the keylogger to keep track of another person's browsing history, it is best to keep the keylogger hidden. If you are using it for your own personal reasons, then there is no need to hide it.

Step 4

Open the keylogger whenever you want to check the keystroke history. Depending on the particular keylogger you're using, the directions for finding it will be slightly different. For most keylogging programs, there is a tab or button to click on when the software opens. The information is displayed exactly how it was originally typed.

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