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Shulhan Aruch (Orah Haim 47:3) as well as Yalkut Yosef (47:14) write that before one writes down words of Torah, he must recite Birkot HaTorah (because people that write sometimes voice their writings).

However, what about typing on a computer? Does that constitute writing? Would it require Birkot HaTorah?

As always CYLOR

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I would assume it all depends to what extent people "mouth" the words as they type. It would be fascinating if there are any user studies of this. My sense is that good-old-fashioned people would vocalize mouth words while writing longhand far, far more often than when people type or text electronically today.

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Why do you assume it has to do with whether people mouth words as they write/type? Is that given somewhere as the reason one must say the b'rachos before writing? –  msh210 Feb 10 '12 at 15:44
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@msh210, see the end of the first paragraph of the question. –  Isaac Moses Feb 10 '12 at 16:41
    
Similar logic is found regarding the halachic status of signing a sworn statement -- often people mouth the words while writing/reading. –  Shalom Feb 10 '12 at 17:47
    
@IsaacMoses, thanks. Missed that somehow. –  msh210 Feb 10 '12 at 18:03
    
What is the definition of "voice?" Does it mean to actually speak outloud as in typical conversation? Does it mean whispering? Does it mean sub-vocalizing? Does it mean mouthing the words without voicing or sub-vocalizing? Clarification on this would be helpful. –  Shemmy Jun 8 '12 at 11:19
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