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The Beginner’s Guide to Touch Typing

If you want to improve your typing speed significantly, touch typing is the ability to type without looking at the keyboard. It is a valuable skill everyone can learn and use for future opportunities. Keep on reading as this is a beginner’s guide to help you get started if you are new to touch typing.

What Is Touch Typing?

Touch typing is the ability to type without the need to look at the letters on the keyboard with all your fingers. Not only can you accomplish this by memorizing the location on the keyboard of each letter, number, and sign, but by also memorizing which finger controls which keys.

Touch typing is much more beneficial than other typing styles, such as peck typing, where the typist has not memorized the keyboard layout at all and has to search for individual letters before typing.

The Benefits of Touch Typing

It could look like you would never be able to type as easily and accurately as you do with your current two-finger method (also called hunt and peck) by using touch typing at the beginning, but that’s not the case. The time you spend moving your two fingers reduces your pace, and even if you’re an ultra-fast hunt and peck, the amount of words you can type per minute is two, even three times lower than touch typing.

In other words, unless you intend to use the keyboard only occasionally, the investment in learning touch typing is worth it. Unless the tasks can only be done with the mouse, this is a relatively uncommon situation. 

How to Get Started with Touch Typing

Touch typing can easily be learned. There are no thick textbooks needed to read when you learn touch typing. However, practicing typing is mostly exercises. Sitting straight and maintaining a proper posture while typing is important, as it eliminates errors and significantly increases speed. 

Make sure that the keyboard is at a reasonable height and that there is no awkward bending of the wrists. Basically, for the regular QWERTY keyboard, you need to recall which finger serves which keys, as seen in the image below. 

Left pinky finger- On button A

Left ring finger – On button S

Left middle finger – On button D

Left index finger – On button F

Right index finger – On button J

Right middle finger – On button K

Right ring finger – On button L

Right pinky finger – On button 

Both thumbs – On the Spacebar

You may have noticed that on any keyboard, the letters F and J are labeled. The premise is that you can feel the keys thanks to these little markers, and if you inadvertently shift your fingers from the right spot, you will be able to bring them back without looking at the keyboard. 

Here are the movements of the fingers while typing:

Left pinky finger – Q, A, Z and left Shift

Left ring finger – W, S, and X

Left middle finger – E, D, and C

Left index finger – R, F, V, T, G, and B

Right index finger – Y, H, N, U, J, and M

Right middle finger – I, K and,

Right ring finger – O, L, and,

Right pinky finger – P, ;, ?, {, }, ‘, Enter and right Shift

Both thumbs – Spacebar

This is the nature of touch typing, in a nutshell. To completely recall all the movements on your fingers, a lot of practice and exercises are needed. 

Below are some of the exercises you can do to memorize the fingers’ proper placement on keys without looking.

Blank keyboard

Get a blank keyboard if you are unable to fight the temptation to look at the letters. This is a keyboard where there is no printing of the letters, and the keys appear exactly the same. This could help people who are still starting to learn touch typing.  

Sign up on TypeDojo

While you can get a tutorial and practice now and then on your own, better results can be predicted if you do it systematically. There are plenty of online software services, but the best for both newbies and more experienced touch typists are TypeDojo. 

At TypeDojo, we offer free exercises or lessons for kids and even adults. Only select your language (and if there are several layouts for your language, the keyboard layout you prefer), and be consistent in your efforts.

Conclusion

The learning process is relatively easy, but it will take time to develop the muscle memory needed for typing. Nevertheless, once you are an expert on typing, you can subconsciously touch type without looking at the keys.

The long-term advantages of having this capacity are worth the effort. Don’t easily get frustrated, and don’t just give up because you think the beginning is hard. You need a lot of practice, but you’ll wonder how you managed to survive after days of learning. 

 

Louie is the father behind the travel blog Browseeverywhere.com. He has a background in photography, E-commerce, and writing product reviews online at ConsumerReviews24. Traveling full time with his family was his ultimate past-time. If he’s not typing at his laptop, you can probably find him watching movies.

 

 

 

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