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Basic Keyboard Skills :: First Lesson

Before you start your lessons, there's just a few basic tips and conventions used on the site which you need to aware of.

Fingers...

Fingers Starting Position

When you start typing, your fingers should always rest on the Home Row (Row 3) with the index fingers (L2 & R2) resting on the F & J key. These two keys have a raised dimple or bump to indicate the starting position. When the fingers are not typing, it should return to this starting position.

The fingers chart below shows the fingers used to type or control each character.


A S D F G H J K L ;
L5 L4 L3 L2 L2 R2 R2 R3 R4 R5

The Thumbs (L1 / R1) will control the SPACE bar.

Postures

Sit upright and a good distance from the screen, hands relaxed.

Breaks & Practice

Like any repetitive tasks, typing can produce alot of strain on your fingers, therefore it is essential to take regular breaks. Especially if you are feeling tired or your fingers and hands begining to feel tight and numb.

RSI or Repetive Strain Injury can be a serious problem. If you feel any form of discomfort in your hand, STOP. The more relaxed your hands are, the faster you will be able to type.