Everyone has had a strong need to type a text in record time at least once in their lifetime. Even if you can type quite quickly, it can be a challenge for you.
We suggest that you start learning this important skill right now! You will never again run out of time because of slow typing.
What to start with?
Before you are ready to learn touch typing, it’s best to master typing with ten fingers. The best way to do it is using a typing tutor: these are special programs that you can use online. For example, Typingtrainer and 10fastfingers are the most popular among the free typing tutors. If you already know how to type with ten fingers, you can skip this step and go to touch typing.
The important rules for touch typing
- Nothing should disturb you. This is very important. Unfortunately, girls with long fingernails will have to trim their nails while they are learning.
- Do not look down at the keyboard. Yes, to stop looking at your fingers is probably the most difficult thing, but you will never learn otherwise. Your fingers, and not your eyes, should remember the key order. When your fingers get used to it, you will type much faster. If you still shoot a glance at the keyboard from time to time, use the following trick: paste the keys with some stickers that can be easily removed later. You will stop looking at the keys because they are covered.
- Keep your fingers in the base position (ASDF — JKL;). Your left hand (your little, ring, middle, and index fingers) is for A, S, D, and F keys; your right hand is for J, K, L, and ; keys.
- If you press the last key (a letter or punctuation mark) with your left hand, then use your left thumb to press the space bar and vice versa — it’s very convenient. When you aren’t typing, hold your thumbs over the space bar.
- When you need to press a key, use the nearest finger, and then return it to the starting position. For capital letters, hold SHIFT with your little finger, and press the key letter with the nearest finger.
- Once again, do not try to remember where each key is located. The most important thing is to know what finger movement should be done to type each symbol. When you have trained enough, you will connect each symbol with the corresponding finger automatically.
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