By: Lauren Hamelman
What is keyboarding?
The denotation of the word keyboarding is, A panel of buttons used for typing and preforming other functions on a computer.
Why are keyboarding skills important?
Keyboarding skills are important, because with keyboarding skills, you will be more productive and efficient while using a computer.
6 Typing Skills
Typing Skill #1: Maintaining Good Posture
Why is it important for me to maintain good posture? Good posture is important when using the computer for long periods of time. Maintaining good posture becomes more important the longer you type. Good posture is helps you to minimize the effort needed to work on your computer. The picture to the below shows proper typing posture.
Typing Skill #2: Eye Position
The position of your eyes is more important than you would think. Your eyes should stay level with the monitor with your eyes between 50 and 80 centimeters away from the computer screen. This will help you to keep from straining your eyes by sitting too close to the screen. This eye position will help to decrease headaches and neck pain and will increase your productivity and will be more comfortable.
Typing Skill #3: Arm Position
The position of your arms while typing should be your shoulders relaxed with your wrists flat, and your elbows at a 90 degree angle at your sides. This arm position can help prevent the overuse of your forearm muscles and arm and wrist pain.
Typing Skill #4: Proper Hand Position
Proper hand position is fingers curved over the keys with your fingers over the home row, and your wrists and hands are low but still off the keyboard. This position can keep pressure from your forearm off the wrists.
Typing Skill #5: Typing with the proper fingers
Typing with the proper fingers will increase your typing speed as well as your accuracy. Using the correct fingers, and aligning them properly can decrease any pain that you have while typing. It can decrease you from overstating your hands, and can keep your fingers closer to the keys that they need to touch, therefore improving your speed and accuracy with typing.
Typing Skill #6: Take your time.
While typing, you may need to take breaks to keep from adding unnecessary pressure to your forearms, neck, and wrists. A quick break from the computer can relax any tense muscles slowing you down, and can help your productivity. Avoid glares on your screen that could cause you to strain your eyes to see the screen. Straining your eyes or neck muscles and cause headaches.