Know how typing

Right fingers on the keyboard

Why Learn to type?

Why Learn to Type?

Here are EduTyping's top ten reasons why you should learn how to type:

  • Your typing speed and accuracy skills will improve.
  • You can complete essays and reports faster.
  • The presentation of your work will always look professional.
  • You will be a more proficient user of many popular software applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • You will be more appealing to hire for employers.
  • You will be less likely to make errors and typos when keying documents.
  • You will learn how to properly format a variety of professional documents such as business letters and memos.
  • Your reading, spelling, punctuation, and proofreading skills will improve.
  • You can earn money by offering your typing skills to those who do not know how.
  • Your concentration level increases with your eye-hand coordination.

Learning How!

Learning How to Type

Positioning Your Hands and Fingers Properly

The most important element to learning how to touch-type properly is the position of your hands and fingers on the keyboard. As shown in the illustrations provided below, your left and right fingers should always be positioned on the home row keys, which is comprised of the A, S, D, F (for the left hand fingers) and the J, K, L and ; (semi-colon) keys (for the right hand fingers). Your thumbs are used to strike the spacebar.

Fingers should be positioned as follows:

Use Proper Posture and Technique

How you position your body at your computer workstation is an important part to becoming a good typist.

Follow these rules for proper posture and technique at the keyboard:

  • Sit up straight. Do not "hunch" or "slouch" at the keyboard.
  • Your feet should be flat on the floor.
  • Eyes should be looking at what you are typing from. It's okay to periodically look down at your keyboard, but the key is to memorize by touch, not sight, so try not to make this habit.
  • Your fingers should be curved and upright and always rest on the homerow keys.
  • Your thumbs should be resting just above the spacebar.
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