How do you type?

Well my computer teacher says always to keep your hands in the home row position(look at picture.) and not to do move your fingers around just to move them up and down to the according key. By the way the home row is.. a s d f g h j k l ; Now is this a better way to type or just to move your fingers around. another explanation: he says to keep your fingers on a s d f g h j k l ; and then curl them down or up to hit the key. Hopefully the pictures will clear it up.

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all_thumbs9 years ago
Touch typing was the only useful thing I was taught during the once mandatory education in the Swedish armed forces. Several years later I switched from qwerty to Dvorak. The touch-typing skill has served me well during my years as scientist and programmer. I have met many poor souls that try to claim that it isn't the typing speeds that limit their speed, but the thinking in between. The same persons usually write very terse e-mails, and shy away from documenting their code... Touch typing really makes a difference! Not only is it faster, it is something I do unconsciously. Words flow from my brain to the computer without any attention wasted on what my fingers do. I don't have to divert my eyes to the keyboard. By the way. If you think the odd characters used in programming is a pain on a standard US qwerty keyboard, take a look at a Swedish keyboard. Backslash, @, *, curly braces and brackets are tucked away in the most awkward positions imaginable.
Goodhart9 years ago
I have been directed towards a pretty interesting site for those that might wish to learn touch typing: Link to Touch Typing Download. Overview:
This free program help you learn quick and blind keyboard printing. Program benefits: Training statistics; Keyboard emulation; Uses the simple and colorful interface; Personal exercises creation; Free lessons choice; Multiple Users Support; Game plot. Version adds Italian interface and virtual keyboards.
westfw9 years ago
I had the misfortune of taking a touch-typing class (on IBM selectrix, IIRC) at the same time I was taking my first computer programming class (on an ASR33.) It turns out that touch-typing was basically useless on an ASR33 when a lot of what you're typing is numbers and funny punctuation and "control-x" anyway, so I would up with this weird combination of touch typing and random fingers in random places. Sigh. I still end up typing a lot of keys that aren't really part of the real "typing" set, so I'm still weird.
Goodhart westfw9 years ago
what really got my goat was that I learned to be really fast on the numeric keypad, and then my first data entry job forced me to relearn the keypad because the KEYPUNCH had the pad upsidedown *grrr* I haven't been fast on a calculator since then...sigh
westfw Goodhart9 years ago
Yeah, lack of standardization outside of the normal letters didn't help much either. There were at least two common setups for the punctuation above the numbers, and the placement of things like CTRL continues to change even in this day and age.
Goodhart westfw9 years ago
And my having short fingers didn't help much either. I couldn't reach the number line easily (fortunately I only took a "personal typing" class, and it was not required). To this day, I either use the keypad, or I must look, if entering numbers.
Goodhart9 years ago
Touch typing comes in handy when I am up early and the wife is still sleeping, I can be on the computer in the next room and don't need to turn the light on to see the keyboard (we can't close the door between the rooms).
I learned the home row way back in like the 4th and 5th grade(we used this program called Mavis Becon) . They made us pass speed tests and stuff, now I can type fast and I'm used to it.
Wow, that is still around :-) When I learned it, they started us out on typewriters that had keycaps on the letters. :-)
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