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Getting Started: Why do I need to learn how to type?

That's actually a valid question. With the extreme popularity and capabilities of smart phones and mobile devices, there doesn't seem to be a need to learn how to type anymore. After all, those devices don't have traditional keyboards. Most of us have learned to text and send emails through our phones by using just one finger or maybe two thumbs.

So why learn to type? One simple answer: employment. It is easy to see that almost everywhere you go, technology is being used even in entry level jobs. What that means is that sooner or later you will have to type information into a computer system. If you feel a little intimidated by that, don't be. It's not that hard to acquire some basic typing skills. With that being said, let's learn how to type!

An introduction to this site and some safety tips

This site will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to type. The method demonstrated will be the home row style. Home row style is when you use all of your fingers to type, as opposed to "pecking" styles where you use maybe one or two fingers and search for the keys. Some may do just fine using their two index fingers. But once you learn how to use all of your fingers to type, you will never go back to looking down on the keyboard and "pecking" keys. Learning a new skill takes patience, dedication, and practice. Just take it one step at a time and make sure that you don't rush through the material. You will be typing with all of your fingers in no time! And you'll look professional while doing it.

How this site works

Each lesson focuses on specific keys. Each lesson will provide you with detailed instructions on which finger to use for each key. Each lesson will have a demonstration that you can use as a visual guide to give you a better understanding of the material. A practice space is provided so that you can practice the keys as you learn them. If you are blind or visually impaired, you may find braille computer keyboard overlay stickers helpful.

We split the keyboard into two halves.

In this example, the green side represents the left finger keys. The pink side represents the right finger keys.

Posture

Typing for extended periods of time can cause or lead to injuries; specifically to the hands, wrists, arms, neck, and back. Here are some tips that can help you prevent injury or strain. To prevent neck strain, try adjusting your monitor and the height of your seat so that your head is somewhat parallel to the top of your screen. To prevent back strain, make sure to always sit up straight and keep both feet on the floor. Keep your elbows close to your body. They don't have to be pressing against your sides, just don't let them flare out. When your fingers are on the keys, always keep your wrists straight. Do not rest them on your table or desk. This will help to prevent wrist injuries. Your posture should look similar to the image below. If you begin to feel any discomfort, take a break or wait until you feel better.

This image displays the exemplary posture to help prevent injuries.

Continue to Lesson 1: Learning the home row keys