Touch Typing Lessons
As you begin these typing lessons, remember to focus on accuracy. Aim for 100% accuracy and speed will come with practice. Touch typing is all about developing muscle memory through the consistent repetition of your finger movements. With practice, the movements will become natural and you will find yourself typing faster and with less effort.
Typing Lesson 1: The Home Row
The first principle of touch typing is to always return your fingers to the home row when you are not typing. The home row will be the reference point from which you will learn the positions of all the other keys. Most keyboards have small bumps on the f and j keys to help you find the home row without looking at the keys.
The Right Hand
The home row keys for the right hand are: j k l ;
Position your right hand so that your index finger is placed on j, your middle finger is on k, your ring finger is on l and your pinky is on ; (the semicolon key). Let your right thumb rest comfortably on the spacebar at the bottom of the keyboard.
Your hand should be raised above the keyboard with your fingers curving down to point directly on the keys. This will make it easier for you to move your fingers without moving your hands. Take a moment to properly position your right hand before continuing. It is very important to develop good habits early in your typing practice.
Our first touch typing lesson introduces 2 home row keys for the right hand: j kTyping Exercise 1.1
Now let's learn the other two keys: l ;Typing Exercise 1.2
Great, let's put all four keys together: j k l ;Typing Exercise 1.3
The Left Hand
The home row keys for the left hand are: f d s a
Position your left hand so that your index finger is on f, your middle finger is on d, your ring finger is on s and your pinky is on a. Your thumb can rest on the spacebar.
Check that your left hand is raised and your fingers are curved and pointed down at the keys.
We will begin with the first 2 left hand keys: f dTyping Exercise 1.4
Now for the final 2 left hand keys: s aTyping Exercise 1.5
And all four left hand keys together: f d s aTyping Exercise 1.6
The following typing exercise combines all the keys we have learned so far: j k l ; f d s aTyping Exercise 1.7
H and G
The keys we have covered so far can all be typed without moving your fingers from the home row position. Now it is time to learn how to move your fingers off the home row to reach the h and g keys. To reach these new keys, you will need to move your index fingers to the sides. Practice extending your right index finger to the left to hit the h key. Then try reaching to the right with your left index finger for the g key. Afterwards, always remember to return your fingers to the home keys.Typing Exercise 1.8
Now all four index finger keys: j f h gTyping Exercise 1.9
Congratulations! You have learned to type the home row and covered more than a third of the alphabet! Let's put everything together to solidify your new typing skills.Typing Exercise 1.10
Feel free to repeat any of the exercises in this typing lesson. When you can complete them with nearly 100% accuracy you are ready to move on to the next lesson!