Touch typing method
Using a touch typing technique has many advantages. Your communication with your
personal computer will be faster. You will also be able to concentrate on your work more,
because your typing will be nearly automatic.
Users without the knowledge of touch typing will constantly be checking key
positions and making many mistakes. Looking at the keyboard all the time is
also disturbing, because the eyes have to focus on different objects very
often. The touch typing method is better for your health, because there is
minimum movement of the hands, head and body during typing. Without using this
method you could look like an amateur even after several long years experience
on the computer.
Within the touch typing method, each finger controls its own set of keys.
Learning is not only about the keyboard use, it is also about the importance of using
a correct sitting position, holding hands correctly and using correct techniques
for keystrokes, etc.
The computer keyboard is too extensive to use only one base position for
the hands, therefore three positions must be used. There are three keyboard
sections(alphanumeric, numeric and functional).
Some people with experience `````There is an advantage for people who have
experience with finger practicing. For example players of key instruments are used
to playing without looking at the keys. This custom is important for touch typing
learning. If somebody types with all ten fingers, without correct fingering, then
it will be very hard to learn correct touch typing. It is a big disadvantage
and it is important to start using the new method without switching to your
old typing method. There is no different between left-handers and
right-handers. It seams that lefthanded people are usually faster. People with
dyslexia may have troubles with touch typing learning.
The touch typing method uses an alphanumeric keyboard which corresponds to the old
typewriter appearance. It is very important to use the base position for hands all
the time when typing. Fingers should return to the base line after each keystroke.
The base position is defined in the middle row for following fingers:
Fingers are slightly bent during typing. Keys are touched by finger pads and
glide from one key to other. Don't try to bend wrist and fingers. Your Index finger
should be near to orthogonal to the key rows. Palms cannot lean on the desk or
front part of the keyboard when typing. Type only with one finger, and don't move
your wrist. Unused fingers should stay in the base position and each finger should return
to the base position after use.
We use only the right hand for the numeric keyboard. The left hand will stay in its base
position on an alphanumeric keyboard (Keys A, S, D, F and spacebar)
The base position for a numeric keyboard is divided into two rows.
1. Base position for middle row:
2. Base position for bottom row:
The left hand is usually used for the spacebar, TAB, SHIFT and CTRL when a numeric
keyboard is used. There is usually a problem with the error correction, because
backspace is located out of the range of the base positions. Some keyboards contain a numeric keyboard where the backspace is included in the top right position and then
followed by the minus, plus and Enter keys.
It is not possible to define a base position for your hand in this case because functional keys are
placed in many locations. These keys are not used very often in practice. It is more
popular to use the numeric keyboard in the second mode where the keys PageUp,
PageDown, Home, End, Insert, Delete and arrows are available. Numbers can be typed with an alphanumeric keyboard; therefore a numeric keyboard should be always switched on
for functional keys.
To use an old mechanical typewriter is much different from a computer keyboard. Arms are
along the body, and they are bent at the elbow with orthogonal angle. Your hands are in the base
position, and your fingers are placed on the keys A, S, D, F, J, K, L, ;. Fingers are
slightly bent during typing. Keys are touched by finger pads and glide from one
key to other. Use movement of one finger only. Don't move your wrist while typing.
Don't allow wrists to lean on the desk, because it can invoke permanent damage
of your nerve fibre (There is a risk of occupational disease). The whole hand
should move minimally
A more detailed description about sitting position is here: Healthy
sitting with the keyboard
An incorrect sitting position can create more risk for health then radiation from
computer display. Pain in the back can come soon when you sit in twisted position.