Article - November 14, 2019

Improving Your Typing Method: Our Tips

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How do you type on your computer? Do you use every single one of your fingers or only your index fingers? With the following tips and a little practice, anyone can master a good typing method!

Posture and Work Environment

Posture — The ideal posture puts every part of the body in its optimal position. Rest your feet on the floor or on a footrest with your knees bent at a 90° angle. Position your forearms so that the angle of your elbows is between 80° and 160°. Keep your shoulders down and relaxed. Straighten your back and adjust the back of your seat for good lumbar support. Your head should be in line with your torso. Make sure your wrists stay in line with your forearms, either by holding your wrists loosely in the air, or by resting them on a wrist support.

Screen Distance and Position — Maintain a distance of 45–70 cm between the screen and your eyes. Ideally, the top of the screen should be at your eye level.

Lighting — Adjust the lighting of your work environment so that you can easily read documents, and so that you are not blinded by the light from your screen or from the window.

The Basic Position

One of the most common positions involves placing the index fingers on the two raised keys J and F, with the second, third, and fourth fingers on the adjacent keys of the same row, and the thumbs resting on the space bar. This is called the basic position. After each keystroke, return your fingers to their starting point, so that the basic position is maintained for the entire typing session. To find the basic position without looking at the keyboard, use your index fingers to locate the tactile reference points on keys J and F. The rest of your fingers will naturally fall into position.

Muscle Memory

To quickly develop typing reflexes, start by focusing on your typing accuracy (not speed) and on maintaining the basic position between each keystroke. By doing so, your fingers will always make the same, correct movement for each of the keys, and the motion will become muscle memory.

In Summary:

  • Pay attention to your posture and the ergonomics of your work environment.
  • Return your fingers to the basic position after each keystroke.
  • Do not look at the keyboard; instead, trust your muscle memory to guide your fingers.
  • Practise typing accurately before you try to type quickly. Your speed will gradually improve on its own.

In order to quickly improve your typing skills, we invite you to use the Typing Pal application. Typing Pal’s simple and effective method has been tried and tested by millions of users around the world. It allows you to adopt best practices and fix your bad typing habits. In just a few weeks, you will develop essential keyboarding skills. Whether you are a beginner or more advanced, Typing Pal will meet your needs thanks to its wide range of activities!

Learn to type faster!