King of the Keyboard: Lightening Fast Method to Improve Typing Skills

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Want to Transition From Pecking to Touch Typing?

As a greater number of people access the Internet, use of the keyboard has become increasingly common. Many individuals soon tire of having to look while they peck out words with a finger. No doubt about it, modern-day computing calls for speedy use of the keyboard.

While pecking away at a keyboard might have sufficed in former years, people are using their computers and keyboards more and more, and in doing so, have found that pecking is slow, tiresome, and in practical terms, simply not up-to-speed for today's need for lightening-quick computing. People want to fly on their keyboards without having to take their eyes of their computer screens and look down at their fingers.

Additionally, as more and more people embrace telecommuting, lightening fast keyboarding has taken on greater importance. A person's speed and skill in using a keyboard can make a huge difference to earnings that are generated via a keyboard.

While pecking is bothersome, actually transitioning from pecking to skilled keyboarding can seem near impossible.

It's as Easy as Practicing One Sentence

You basically need two things to become king or queen of the keyboard: Five minutes each day to set aside for practice and one sentence (a pangram: Greek: pan (every, all) grammar (letter)) that includes all twenty-six letters of the alphabet.

While a pangram may be used by typists to test their keyboards, it can also be used to master keyboarding--especially so for busy adults who want to sharpen their computing skills in record time, without having to invest in a typing course or attend classes.

Using a pangram to improve keyboarding makes sense in today's busy world, and if we are honest, who of us wants to spend weeks learning how to touch type?

How to Master the Keyboard

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The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Dog

Many people have heard of the sentence above but may not have realized that it was an actual pangram.

While a number of sentences utilize all letters of the alphabet, the "quick brown fox" pangram is recognized and used frequently. This short, humorous pangram creates a vivid mental picture and thus is easy to remember.

Most people know that this sentence is used by typists to test their keyboards but more important still, it can be called on to quickly master touch typing and hence to master the keyboard. Why so?

Because... the quick brown fox pangram is a sentence that uses all letters of the alphabet. Each time you type it, you are training your fingers to strike each key, from A to Z. Of course, you must know where to place your fingers on the keys, but this isn't overly difficult. (See written and/or video instructions below.)

How to Use a Pangram for Typing Practice on Your Keyboard

Place fingers on the middle row of keys, G & H are uncovered, then type the following words, using successive letters of the pangram and the fingers indicated in brackets.

  • THE: T (left index), H (right index), E (left middle)
  • QUICK: Q (left pinky), U (right index), I (right middle), C (left middle), K (right middle)
  • BROWN: B (left index), R (left index), O (right ring), W (left ring), N (right index)
  • FOX: F (left index), O (right ring), X (left ring)
  • JUMPS: J (right index), U (right index), M (right index), P (right pinky), S (left ring)
  • OVER: O (right ring), V (left index), E (left middle), R (left index)
  • THE: T (left index), H (right index), E (left middle)
  • LAZY: L (right ring), A (left pinky), Z (left pinkie), Y (right index)
  • DOG: D (left middle), O (right ring), G (left index)

This sentence should be typed 5-10 times daily. A good rule of thumb is to start slowly and strive for accuracy over speed. If you need to look at first, that's okay but once this sentence become easier, start learning how to feel the keys with your fingers. Once the location of each letter has been learned by feel, speed and accuracy will soon follow.

Keyboarding

The following videos will help you to get a visual on how to master your keyboard. Follow along and in no time at all, your keyboarding skills will increase.

Computer Typing Lessons--Hand and Finger Placement on the Keyboard

Just Seconds...

As these videos show, finger placement isn't that difficult and takes just seconds to learn.

Learn the Keyboard in One Hour

Finger Placement Makes the Job Easier

Correct placement of fingers is important to move beyond the "hunt and peck" method. Correct placement puts your fingers near to the keys your fingers will strike.

Keyboarding Basics

Yes, Keyboarding Can Become Automatic

Just as driving a car becomes automatic and we don't have to look to use the pedals, so too, the computer keyboard.

Fast Keyboarding

If you still feel you need additional support, a course designed for fast keyboarding mastery may prove helpful. The main thing is to find a method that works for you to help you to finally master keyboarding.

The method outlined in this article covers the letters of the alphabet, which is what most people need for general daily keyboarding and computing.

*To learn the full keyboard, including numbers and all else, further instruction may be desired.

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Five Minutes a Day ... One Sentence ... Keyboarding Without Having to Look!

A few minutes each day of typing practice will help you to transition from slower "look and peck" to actual speedy, accurate typing on your keyboard, all without the time-investment and cost of expensive courses.

If you follow the instructions in this article and practice each day, soon you will be touch typing and will forever leave behind the ol' hunt and peck method of typing. When you can type quickly, this saves so much time and make computing a joy, rather than a trial.

© 2013 Athlyn Green

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Athlyn Green 13 months ago from West Kootenays Author

This method is one of the easiest ways to transition to touch typing, without expensive or time-consuming courses.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

I've going to have to have my daughter do this. Whereas I learned this in Typing Class in high school, there is no equivalent for honors students. It is an important skill, especially because they'll be typing lots of college papers, taking notes in class, doing resumes. This is useful.


Benjamin Chege 3 years ago

Awesome Athlyn Green. Thanks for writing a hub on one of the skills people take for granted. Will follow your advice to improve my skills on using the computer QWERTY keyboard, especially on the idea of placing my fingers on the right part of the keyboard, which is probably my greatest weakness.

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