Touch Typing and Keyboard Skills

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Touch typing
is typing without looking at the keyboard to find the keys. It can efficiently bring an average speed typist to 60 words per minute (WPM) fairly quickly and at the same time increase accuracy by great amounts. Upon learning to touch type, comfortable typing speed is expected to be achieved within a month. The typing speed can be increased gradually with regular practice and speeds around 60wpm could be achieved within a year or so. Many websites and software are available to learn touch typing, quite a lot of them being free. Learning touch typing could be a bit stressful both to the fingers as well as the mind in the beginning, but once it is learned to a decent level, it would be a very pleasant experience requiring very minimal usage of the brain and having almost no stress on the fingers. (Edited extract from Wikipedia).

Touch typing skills often make it possible to use a computer more effectively. They are particularly valuable for partially sighted and blind computer users as they remove the need to constantly look between the keyboard and the screen. There are also Keyboard Stickers available which make the keyboard letters more visible and which can therefore make recognising and locating the right letter easier. These are available in upper and lower case letters and different colours - yellow on black and white on black.

To develop touch typing skills you will need some instruction on how to position your hands and which fingers to use to strike keys. Drills are used to practice each key and sequences of keys until the whole alphabet is covered.

So how do you become touch type proficient?

Invest in some specialist touch typing software
Enrol on a touch typing course
Try teaching yourself from online lessons or videos.

Some touch typing resources - Online touch typing tuition (lesson 1).

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(Screenshot of TypeOnline Lesson 1 web page)

See more lessons at . . . (Learn Direct e-courses) (online course) (RNIB Azabat touch-typing tutor)

Is there an alternative to the most commonly used keyboard format - Qwerty ?

There is . . . but it's called Dvorak. This video gives a tongue-in-cheek overview of the two keyboard formats

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