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How To Type

Unfortunately, most people do not learn how to type properly unless they have taken a typing class or used a typing tutorial program. The hardest part of learning how to type is breaking bad habits that you have acquired through your everyday computer usage.

Learning how to type properly takes practice, but we’ve broken it up into two basic parts that should get you on the path to proper touch-key typing like a professional.


  • Learning Proper Typing Habits

  • 1

    Place your fingers on the home row. The home row is the position in which your fingers will rest while typing.

    • Left hand: Place your left index finger on the “F” key, your middle finger on the “D” key, your ring finger on the “S” key, and your pinky on the “A” key.
    • Right hand: Place your right index finger on the “J” key, your middle finger on the “K” key, your ring finger on the “L” key, and your pinky on the “;” key.
  • 2

    Type each key from left to right. Type each letter covered by the fingers in the home row.

  • 3

    Repeat this, but with capitalization of each letter. Use the Shift key to capitalize.

  • 4

    Become familiar with the rest of the alphabet. Learn where each letter is positioned on the keyboard and match the correct finger to the key as positioned.

    • “Q”, “A”, and “Z” are typed with the left hand pinky.
    • “W”, “S”, and “X” are typed with the left hand ring finger.
    • “E”, “D”, and “C” are typed with the left hand middle finger.
    • “R”, “F”, “V”, “B”, “G”, and “T” are typed with the left hand index finger.
    • “U”, “J”, “N”, “M”, “H”, and “Y” are typed with the right hand index finger.
    • “I”, “K”, and “,” are typed with the right hand middle finger.
    • “O”, “L”, and “.” are typed with the right hand ring finger.
    • “P”, quotation marks, and pressing shift, enter and backspace are typed with your right hand pinky.
    • Your thumbs should never leave the space bar.
  • 5

    Once you feel comfortable with this keyboard placement, practice your first sentence. Type “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” This sentence contains every letter of the alphabet.

  • Improving Your Typing Skills With Practice

  • 1

    Practice touch-key typing as often as possible. It is the only way to improve accuracy and increase typing speed. You can use these traditional typing lines to practice:

    • Pack my box with five dozen liquid diet cans or jugs.
    • Crazy Fredericka brought many very exquisite opal jewels.
    • Sixty zippers were quickly picked from the woven jute bag.
    • Amazing few discotheques provide jukeboxes.
    • Heavy boxes perform quick waltzes and jigs.
    • Jackdaws love my big sphinx or quartz.
    • How quickly daft jumping zebras vex.
    • Quick zephyrs blow, vexing daft Jim.
    • Sphinx of black quartz, judge my vow.
    • Waltz, nymph, for quick jigs vex Bud.
    • Blowzy night-frumps vex’d Jack Q.
  • 2

    Download and install a typing tutorial program—such as TuxTyping or Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing—that will help your practice proper typing technique through fun games and challenges.


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