Typing and Keyboarding

Tips and Consequences

Isaak Mount

1. Good Posture

Make sure that your feet are flat on the floor, and that you are sitting in the back of your chair with your back straight. Your arms should be resting at your side and relaxed with your wrists hovering above the keyboard.

2. Hand Position

Along with keeping your wrists hovering above the keyboard, your thumbs should rest on the space bar and your other fingers on the home row, the row that starts with ASD. Your fingers should be naturally curved and ready to be moved.

3. Eyes

While typing, you should always keep your eyes focused on your screen or whatever you are trying to type. You should refrain from staring at the keyboard and your fingers. You don't want to have your screen too far leaned back, nor too far forward perpendicular to your keyboard.

4. Understand all the Keys

This might be pretty self explanatory, but understanding all the keys on the keyboard really helps to make typing faster and more efficient. With understanding all the keys, you start to learn new shortcuts that will shorten your typing time and make using a computer all around easier.

5. Increase Words per Minute

The purpose of following all these tips is to keep your hands healthy and also to increase your words per minute (WPM). As you get more familiar with the keyboard and have proper technique, your WPM will increase. This will make it easier and faster to type and get work on your computer done quicker.

6. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Repetitive use of your hands and finger, such as typing, can lead to a disorder known as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome happens when the median nerves becomes swollen and inflamed. Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel are tingling, numbness, and pain in the hands and arms. Using good hand position and often taking breaks to rest your hands, can prevent the disorder.