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I need to learn how to type

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5:45 am on Jun 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Given the time I spend online typing fast would save me a lot of aggravation and make my life easier. What do you suggest? I have tried a few typing programs but I am not as disciplined. Any suggestions on how you did it? Tips, shortcuts...

I still look at the keyboard ;)

6:11 am on June 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Hi my tip which worked for me was i used lot of IM chatting with my friends , this improved my speed a lot. I can type almost without seeing keyboard now.

Have u completed all the exercises of typing programs?

7:56 am on June 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I bought a typing programm that recognized the mistakes I made and adjusted it's lessons accordingly. However that was several years ago. The programm was running on DOS.

As to discipline: I am not very disciplined myself so instead of typing half an hour a day I sat down a whole weekend, several hours on block. That was enough for my needs.

9:04 am on June 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I got my daughter this SpongeBob Squarepants typing software for her iMac. One of the best programs I've ever seen for typing. Don't laugh, but you may find yourself munching on some Crabby Patties here shortly. It works the same for adults too.
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Don't laugh, but you may find yourself munching on some Crabby Patties here shortly.
Obviously you can't type either: it's spelled Krabby Patties.

I learned to type from a software program. About halfway through, I abandoned the program and developed my own method of typing.

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Obviously you can't type either: it's spelled Krabby Patties.

Busted! Obviously since the keys are so close together, it was an easy mistake. ;)

Once you learn the "Home Row" and which keys are assigned to which fingers, you'll be off and running. Once that clicks, it becomes habitual.

Hey, SpongeBob has my daughter (8) typing 15 WPM with the correct fingers! She still uses the two finger approach when Daddy isn't watching. I'll teach her though. Being able to navigate the keyboard effectively and efficiently is probably one of the most important skillsets we could have. If I'm at 110 WPM and you've reached 55 WPM, I'm going to get twice as much done. ;)

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Funny I've been saying the same thing myself for the last 20 years. In high school I had typing class and gave it an effort, never did the tests like that though.

I've given up and heavily rely on spellcheck. :)

5:25 pm on June 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

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If you have to watch your fingers, don't worry about it. The only thing to worry about is to learn the correct fingering and be persistent about using it. Whether you're working or playing games, you want to be teaching your muscles consistent patterns.

Consistency is the vital ingredient here. Over time your muscles will develop a reliable memory for where things are and you'll need to watch your fingers less and less.

I have no idea when I stopped watching my fingers as I typed, but these days the only time I need to watch them is for typing numbers.

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I have no idea when I stopped watching my fingers as I typed, but these days the only time I need to watch them is for typing numbers.

Same here, and only certain numbers. Once I see and hit that first number, the others come naturally. But, if there are multiple numbers, I'll jump over to the numpad.

I had a crush on my Typing Teacher in 4/5/6th grades, that was back in the ... I learned first on a manual typewriter and then moved to an IBM Selectric. It was the only class that I ever received Straight A's in, ever. And, I used to stay after school to help the teacher grade papers after the second year. I got to sit right up front next to her and, I was the only boy in the class out of 30, you tell me, who was the smart one?!

Anyone here using a Dvorak?

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I think this will be allowed . . . the freeware program typeFaster is awesome for converting hunt and peck to real typing. :-)

Since perl is the language of choice for me, I have a personal affection for this program. It's actually perl driven with a Windows interface. Twice a week, 15 minutes, it will get you up to speed in no time.

The hardest thing about converting is breaking the old habits. It's WORSE than learning it fresh.

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thanks guys,
will give it a try
11:36 pm on June 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Fast is not always good. There is no point in typing faster than you can think unless you are a copy typist.

Two fingers are enough for me.

9:47 am on June 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Looking at the keys? Don't.

Cover all the keys in removable labels (so you don't damage them). Different colour for the ASDF and JKL; keys (resting keys).

Then print off a sheet with the keyboard pattern on and stick it above your monitor.

Believe me, this will slow you down at first, but you soon learn to feel your way around the keyboard rather than look because you learn that there is not point in looking at blank labels!

10:15 am on June 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Typewriter if you can get one, and . . . yes they are still around.
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The problem I had is that I had built up a decent speed by looking at the keyboard. So when I started touch typing it was much slower. But after a couple of days It started to improve. Now I don't look at the keyboard at all. Its that initial barrier that you need to get through.
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the idea behind "qwert" was to slow down typing speed...
1:10 am on July 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Typewriter if you can get one, and . . . yes they are still around.

Ha! Boy are they ever.

I have somehow acquired several dozen of them over the past decade, all manual, all portables. Including one (from the late 50's early 60's I think) that is about the size of a 10-years-ago laptop. Remarkable engineering.

Still a little slower with keyboarding than I'd like to be, though - proof that mere ownership does not suffice. ;)

AWA

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mere ownership does not suffice

LIke the shoe ads say, "Just do it!"

1:55 am on July 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Take an old cardboard box, cut it so that it makes a little roof about two and a half inches above the keyboard. Slide your hands under and feel for the home keys (F and J, with the raised dot). Now type by trial and error. The backspace key is in the top right.
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The games work really well. Also do some daily exercises and make sure your index fingers are always on the "marked" keys, so left index on "F" and right index on "J". The space bar should always be touched with your thumb.

Some exercise examples:

1. ASDFGF (left hand) ;LKJHJ (right hand) ASDFGF ;LKJHJ

2. Practise each finger at a time in diagonal lines
AQAZA SWSXS DEDCD FRTGBVF (left hand)
;P;/; LOL.L KIK,K JUYHNMJ (right hand)
(You can also practise this one with numbers)

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Another good game is "Letter invaders" (a bit like space invaders).
6:00 pm on July 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I learned to type just by doing it - put my fingers on the home row and forced myself to use the right finger for each key I typed. I practiced about half an hour per day. It was painstaking at first, but all of a sudden it "clicked" and I've been typing great ever since. Typing tests now show me to be in the top 3% of the techie population.

It may have helped that I had played the violin for years, which naturally greatly developed the coordination in the fingers of my left hand.

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I know how to type but not that fast as well. as long as you can type words correctly and knows everything about the keyboard, then that would be fine.

Typing speed would help you type faster, currently having it and I'm enjoying.