How to Become an Expert in Touch Typing - A Complete Guide

13/01/2020

Typing fast is essential in order to complete your daily computer-related work quickly and efficiently, be it at home or the office. Touch typing is the skill where you learn to type without continually looking down at your keyboard, hence saving you time. To become an expert in touch typing, you need to master certain techniques. Here is a comprehensive guide to learn touch typing that will help you.

Simple guidelines to learn touch typing

When touch typing, you need to use all your fingers and thumbs. Every key on the keyboard is related to a specific finger or thumb. Follow these guidelines to master touch typing:

Memorize the keyboard structure

To learn touch typing, you need to memorize the keyboard layout. There is no need to rush, as with regular practice, muscle memory will build and you will automatically get acquainted with the correct finger positioning for each key.


Remember the association of letters and fingers

Once you engrain into muscle memory the letters on your keyboard which are associated with which each finger, you will be able to type quickly. A good touch typing software will show and explain this to you. 

 

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Here is a list of which fingers to use to press a specific key.

 

  • Q, A, Z, Shift, Tab and Caps Lock - Press using your left hand with the ‘pinky’ finger 

  • W, S and X - Press by your left hand with ring finger

  • E, D and C - Press by your left hand with the middle finger

  • R, F, V, B, G and T - Press by your left hand with the index finger

  • P, ; , : , ' , ""), / , ? , { } , [ ] , \ , | , Shift, Backspace, Enter - Press by your right hand with pinky finger

  • O,l, ".", > - Press by your right hand with ring finger 

  • I, K, ", ", < - Press by your right hand with the middle finger

  • U, J, N, M, H, and Y - Press by your right hand with the index finger

  • Space Bar - Press by your right or left thumb


 

Place your fingers correctly on the ‘home keys’ on your keyboard

 

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The starting position of your hands and fingers, when getting ready to touch type, is called the ‘home position’ and the keys are called the ‘home keys’. Below explains exactly where you should place your fingers on the keyboard.

Left-Hand Positioning

Position your little finger on ‘A’, ring finger on  ‘S’, middle finger on ‘D’ and index finger on ‘ F’.

 

Right Hand Positioning

Place your little finger on ‘;’, ring finger on ‘L’, middle finger on ‘K’ and index finger on ‘J’

 

Remember the keys

 

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Remembering the keys is quite easy if you are aware of the following points:

 

QWERTY - All keyboards have a similar design, known as the QWERTY layout. A smartphone’s touch keys also have the QWERTY pattern

 

F and J Indicators - All keyboards have raised markers on the F and J keys in order to help you place your index fingers, followed by the rest of your fingers on the ‘home keys’, without looking at the keyboard. Simply position the fingers of your right hand on J, K, L and ‘;’ and the fingers of your left hand on F, D, S and A

 

By following the above guidelines, you will gradually become a touch typing expert. However, if you would like more guidance, a touch typing tutorial will help. The advanced lessons, combined with regular practice will add structure, improve your speed and accuracy and make you adept in touch typing.


 

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