Proper Typing Techniques

Kinley Harmon

Technique Number 1: Are You Sitting Right?

My first tip is to make sure you are sitting correctly. Have a good posture. Make sure your elbows are at a 90 degree angle. Keep your back as straight as A board. Leaning forward or backward can cause back problems. Make sure you are facing the screen with you head tilted a little forward. If you are too close to the screen it can cause eye problems. This is why you should sit 45 - 70 cm away from the screen. Never put all your weight on your wrists while typing. If you follow all these tips you should look very professional, and keep your eyes and back away from harm.

Technique Number 2: Perfect Fingers ( HOME ROW )

Make sure your fingers are curved. Place them on ASDF and JKL. The keys located in the middle are called the HOME ROW because your fingers always return to them.
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Technique Number 3: Learning The Keyboard

You have to learn what finger touches what key. Have a rhythm while typing, key strokes should be in equal intervals. The pinky should always press the Shift key, and the space key with your thumb.
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Technique Number 4: Memorizing Finger Motions

You should be able to type without looking at the keys. Don't move your fingers too much, just as much as needed. Keep your hands close to the middle of the computer or the "base position".
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Technique Number 5: Speed

If you are learning how to type, do not rush. Making errors turns into habits. Take your time and avoid mistakes. Look ahead and memorize a word or two so you can type faster. Practice with online typing games.
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Technique Number 6: Remember Your Health

If you feel distracted or if you are making a lot of mistakes, it's ok to sit back and take a breath. When you feel refreshed then start again. Many diseases can be prevented from just stopping every once in a while and breathing. A disease like, carpal tunnel syndrome. This means, "a painful condition of the hand and fingers caused by compression of a major nerve where it passes over the carpal bones through a passage at the front of the wrist, alongside the flexor tendons of the hand. It may be caused by repetitive movements over a long period, or by fluid retention, and is characterized by sensations of tingling, numbness, or burning." This is very dangerous, and can be prevented by taking breaks frequently and stretching.
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