How To Type

Decide on what kind of keyboard you want to use. Most of the time, you'll come across a traditional QWERTY keyboard, but there's also the option of switching to a Dvorak keyboard. The standard QWERTY keyboard layout was designed to prevent typewriter jams (which is no longer necessary with computers), whereas the Dvorak layout was designed specifically to be easy on the hands. However, if you share your computer with others or if you frequently switch computers, the changed layout will be confusing. The remainder of the steps will focus on the QWERTY layout; more information on typing on Dvorak keyboard can be found here.Ads by Google

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Make sure that your keyboard is at a comfortable height for your fingers.Sit up straight.Put your feet flat on the ground.Set up an ergonomically correct workstation3Put your fingers in the home position. Place your right index finger on the "J" key and let the other 3 fingers fall naturally onto the "K", "L" and ";" keys. Place your left index finger on the "F" key and let the other 3 finger fall naturally onto the "D", "S", and "A" keys.

4Type each key from left to right: a s d f j k l ;. You shouldn't have to move your fingers from their positions, just press the keys that they are resting on.5Repeat, but this time capitalize: A S D F J K L :. Use the shift key. Push it by moving only your pinkie and pressing and holding it while pushing the desired letter with your otherhand. I.e.: When the letter you would like capitalized is typed with your left hand, you press the right shift key with your right pinkie. When the letter you would like capitalized is typed with your right hand, you press the left shift key with your left pinkie.6Become familiar with the rest of the alphabet and where it is positioned on the keyboard.

"q" "a" and "z" are typed with the pinkie of your left hand, and your pinkie also presses the tab, caps lock, and shift button."w" "s" and "x" are typed with the ring finger of your left hand."e" "d" and "c" are typed with the middle finger of your left hand."r" "f" "v" "b" "g" and "t" are typed with the index finger of your left hand.Your thumb should never leave the space bar."u" "j" "n" "m" "h" and "y" are typed with your index finger of your right hand."i" "k" and the button the has a "," and a "<" on it are typed with the middle finger of your right hand."o" "l" and the button that reads ">" and "." will be typed with your ring finger of the right hand.Your pinkie of your right hand is used for typing: "p", ";", ":", "'", """ (a quotation mark), "/", "?", "[", "{", "]", "}", "\", "|", and is used for pressing the shift, enter, and backspace keys.7Get into home position and type,  Get into home position and type, "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog".

Get into home position and type, "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog". This sentence contains every letter in the alphabet. At first, watch your fingers to make sure they go to the right keys and return to home position. Start off slow, then speed up gradually. Start looking away and at your monitor to make sure you're typing the sentence correctly. Correct any mistakes you make, eventually without looking. If you have a hard time not glancing at the keyboard, buy a typing cover or simply cover the keyboard with a white, clean, and bendable sheet.== Tips ==*Type with quick and defined motions. Don't smash the keyboard ,that is, don't just hit keys without aiming first, which usually results in pressing multiple keys.*To increase your speed and accuracy, make sure your wrist are elevated. To do so, buy a wrist support - cushion, or improvise by placing a book that raises your wrist to a height this is ''almost'' equal with the height of the keyboard. You'll move quicker and have fewer errors.*Do NOT look down as you type, make a cheat-sheet on a piece of paper and put it at monitor level so you can glance over at it if you get stuck.*Use the small plastic, elevated "tabs" on the "F" and "J" keys to keep your fingers located in the right spot as you're typing.  You can feel them with the forefingers as you're typing, as you're between words, etc.*If you're trying to receive a typing certificate, try (if possible) practicing on a regular keyboard and not a laptop keyboard. The letters on some laptop keyboards can be closer together than the ones you'll be using to take the typing test.*Use a special typing accelerator software to reduce a number of keystrokes and typos. You can find some free or demo programs.*Eventually begin to practice numbers and symbols to learn those too, ie: phone numbers and addresses and use of the various symbols.*Become very at home with your keyboard, and make sure it is at the right height for your fingers. (Your hands should be about level with your sides while you type; maybe a little above.)*If you want to make typing easier, you should improve your hand-eye coordination. It helps if you play guitar or another instrument that requires your hands.*Remember that learning to type takes a lot of effort, time, and patience.**Repeat each line numerous times, then go to the next one (to begin **To "memorize" the keys--then you'll type without looking at your **fingers):

*Practice makes perfect.*Relax shoulders and sit up straight.*Remove any unnecessary items from work space.===More easy practice===**Pack my box with five dozen liquid diet cans or jugs.**Crazy Fredericka bought many very exquisite opal jewels.**Sixty zippers were quickly picked from the woven jute bag.**Amazingly few discotheques provide jukeboxes.**Heavy boxes perform quick waltzes and jigs.**Jackdaws love my big sphinx of quartz.**The five boxing wizards jump quickly.**How quickly daft jumping zebras vex.**Quick zephyrs blow, vexing daft Jim.**Sphinx of black quartz, judge my vow.**Waltz, nymph, for quick jigs vex Bud.**Blowzy night-frumps vex'd Jack Q.**Glum Schwartzkopf vex'd by NJ IQ.**you may find it easier to have your hands hovering over the keyboard **instead of resting on it.*You should practice 15 to 30 minutes a day.