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Basic Typing and Fingering Tips by Dr.N.G.P. Institute of Technology
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BASIC TYPING AND FINGERING TIPS
 
The following points if followed will be useful to you and save your precious time especially while typing letters, official and computer programming documents. Skill in this would in turn help you get through placements.
 
·  The ability to type and use a computer keyboard and mouse are essential if you want to be able to communicate well in the world today. As reading and writing skills improve, it’s a great idea to include computer and typing training. And the great part about this curriculum is it includes exercises that will at the same time help you improve your reading and writing!

·  Although learning to write by hand is essential, there are benefits to using a computer for some of your lessons. With typing, there’s no need to worry about your handwriting and editing is much easier. Plus, learning to use a computer will be a great boost to your confidence and self esteem.

·  Correct keyboarding technique requires proper positioning at the computer keyboard, using correct hand position and learning to key by touch thus enabling eyes to remain on the copy rather than watching fingers. 

Correct Technique Criteria: 
1.      Position feet on floor for balance (don’t cross)
2.      Center body to the “H” key with elbows at sides.
3.      Sit up straight.
4.      Adjust chair so you are a “hand span” away from edge of keyboard
5.      Curve fingers over the home keys.
6.      Keep wrists off the keyboard.
7.      Keep eyes on printed copy.
8.      Key by touch.
9.      Key with a smooth rhythm.
 
Finger Placement and Letter Keys.
Most people want to look at the keyboard as they type but will never become efficient and fast typists that way. That’s why it’s important to first learn finger placement.

     

·         The middle row of letter keys is called the home row. Place the four fingers of each hand on the home row. The first (pointer) finger of the left hand should cover the F key, while each of the other left-hand fingers rest on the keys to the left of the F key. The first finger of the right hand should cover the J key, while each of the other right-hand fingers rest on the keys to the right of the J key.

·         The first finger of the left hand will also be used to press the R, T, G, B, and V keys. The first finger of the right hand will also be used to press the U, Y, H, N, and M keys.

·         Use the thumb of the right hand to press the Space bar, and use your “pinky” on the right hand to press the apostrophe key and the Enter key.

·         All of the other keys in the rows above and below the home row should be pressed with the same finger near them on the home row. Whenever a finger isn’t typing another character, it should return to its home row position. Many keyboards have a raised area on the F and J keys to help you find your home row position without having to look at your hands.

·         Practice a few times taking your hands off of the keyboard and then, without looking, placing your fingers back on the keyboard in the proper position.

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