Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017
by Kelly Duggan
Our top ten tips to get your typing on point
It’s time to transform your typing from T. rex to tentacles! Gone are the days where you punch the keys one by one, it’s time to speed things up and start letting your fingers do the talking…If you want to be an octopus then try out these ten touch-typing tips – practice makes perfect, so stick at it!
- Get yourself in the right writing position – follow these simple rules from the NHS to make sure you’re sitting in the correct position at your desk before you get started!
- Before you start trying to be able to type faster, you need to know how fast you can type already so you can measure your progress! Why not take a typing test?
- If you want to be fast, you need to learn how to touch-type – this idea centres on each finger having its own area on the keyboard. Through practice, your fingers will learn their location on the keyboard and you’ll be able to type without looking at the keys.
- Now you know your starting speed, your aim and your sitting position, let’s take a look at your keyboard. You may have noticed small raised lines on the F and J keys – these are your resting markers for your index fingers, they’re centrally placed and are the anchor points for your fingers to return to when you’re typing – have a feel!
- With your index fingers on F and J, rest your other fingers next to those. This is called the home row position when your left fingers are resting on ASDF and your right fingers are on JKL; now you’re ready to get going. Don’t forget to let your thumbs join the party at the space bar!
- When you’re typing, remember to keep going back to this home row position as minimising the amount of movement in your hands will make you faster, more efficient and will lower the chance of you getting lost and hitting the wrong keys.
- Typing with all of your digits may feel uncomfortable or unnatural to start with if you’re used to typing like a T. rex with two fingers, but if you persevere then you’ll soon speed up and see significant improvement!
- Look at your screen! Once you know your way around your keyboard and you have that natural resting pose, you can start typing at any time, hitting the right keys straight away without having to look at them.
- Take your time to avoid mistakes and speed up only when your fingers hit the right keys out of habit!
- Remember to include capitalisations and punctuation when touch-typing, as it’ll be time-consuming to go back through your copy and correct these omitted items.
Now go forth and use your dynamic digits to type like you’ve never typed before! And now you’re typing quickly, easily and conveniently, why not take another typing test to see how far you’ve come? And remember, it’s like any new skill – the more you try to touch-type, you will slowly build up muscle memory then after a while, you won’t even need to think about what you’re doing as your tentacle fingers will know where to go.