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Super Easy Method to Master Typing

Updated on October 12, 2014
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So it seems rarer this day in age, but I still run into a lot of people that don’t know how to type. There are a surprisingly large amount of people out there that still use the chicken the peck style. Usually these people either say that they are okay with the way they type, or say they could just never learn. If you are one of these people, trust me, you want to learn to type. And… Maybe I can help.

Look I’m not some typing whiz or anything. If I’m being careful to avoid errors I type between 70 – 80 words per minute. That’s probably about average at best. However, I can type and I’ve taken typing classes. I’ve even helped a few people learn to type. The thing that always struck me about typing classes is that they are over complicated. Learning to type is deceptively simple. Don’t get me wrong, it takes some time and a little effort, but it’s not complicated.

I’ve helped a few people using this strategy and it worked for them, maybe it will work for you .

Here it is, my simple method for learning to type…

The first thing they will teach you in a typing class is where your home row is. This may be the last thing they need to teach you actually. Because once you understand your home row, it’s really just a matter of practice and forcing yourself to use them.

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Finding the home row isn’t hard. Most keyboards have some kind of little marker on them. The index finger of your left hand should sit on the F key. The index finger of your right hand should sit on the J key. The rest of your fingers go on the keys right beside them.

Left index – F

Left middle – D

Left ring – S

Left Pinky A

Right index – J

Right middle – K

Right ring – L

Right pinky - ;

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Now, you always start and finish from there. When you want to type a letter outside of the home row, reach for it with the closest and most convenient finger, then return to your home row. You can start super slow, in fact you can almost chicken peck this way, but as long as you always work from the home row, eventually it becomes second nature and you start typing faster.

Also, your thumb does the space bar.

That’s literally it. If you just do that, you can probably learn to type faster than me in no time. You just have to force yourself to always work from the home row. That is the most important part. Again, it may not feel natural at first, but it soon will, and before you know it you’ll be typing super fast.

If you want a place to practice, there are a few sites out there that will give you free typing lessons and typing tests. I recommend the typing tests over the lessons. Just stay on the home row.

That’s all. The End.

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    • Phillbert profile imageAUTHOR

      Phillip Drayer Duncan 

      3 years ago from The Ozarks

      Thank you Kate! I've always felt typing classes over complicated things.

    • Kate Mc Bride profile image

      Kate McBride 

      3 years ago from Donegal Ireland

      I like this hub-short and to the point. Will definitely try it out.Voted up and useful.Thank you

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