Typing Tips and Tricks

Type without looking at the keys. Use a quick stroke to strike and bounce off the keys. Think in terms of "snapping" your fingers quickly downward on the keys. Do not "press" or "mash" the key. Strike the key quickly and move on.

Sit up straight. Your feet should be flat on the floor. Poor posture is tiring and leads to typing errors.

Avoid eyestrain. Eyestrain occurs when there is a reflection on the computer monitor. Adjust the angle of the monitor and/or the height of your chair to reduce reflections. The room should be slightly "dark" without major rays of sunlight. Squinting is very fatiguing. Monitor shields, or even monitor screens might be of some help.

Move only the fingers required. Remember this! Move only the finger needed to strike a key. Do not allow other fingers to wander away from their assigned home-row keys. This may be awkward at first and will require willpower, but you can do it! Let your brain train your fingers.

Reduce errors. If errors are occurring on the bottom-row keys, move your chair back from the keyboard and slightly raise your wrists.

Use the correct finger-keystroke. Study the pictures in our keyboarding program to know which finger to use. Whisper each letter before striking the key.

Check your hands! Your fingers should be on the home-row keys and your hands should slant upwards at the same angle as the keyboard. Do not let your wrists become lazy and rest against the desk or the keyboard.

Re-key an exercise if you are not satisfied. After typing the beginning exercises, using the correct finger should be automatic. If you still have to look at the keyboard when you type a particular key, rerun the appropriate exercise.

Make adjustments. Check your distance from the keyboard. Adjust your chair when necessary to avoid a common problem: that of sitting too close to the keyboard. Also, adjust the angle of your monitor to minimize glare. Eyestrain is very tiring and will result in an increased number of errors. Remove excessive paperwork from your work area, and don't let direct sunlight in from windows that will result in screen glare.

Do you get Headaches? When was the last time you had your eyesight checked by a health care professional? If you don't know, it may be time for a check up.

Have it your way. Downloadable exercises can be used to customize our typing program, or you can create your own exercises. There are numerous standardized terms and timed exercises from a variety of activities. For example, are you interested in: Art? Cooking? Military? Medical or legal terminology? Fish? Airplanes? Civic topics? Sports? Gardens? You name it, and there is probably an online exercise available for free downloading .