So you always envied your colleague who types without looking at the keyboard? You always thought life would have been much better if you had joined a typing class. You thought your productivity would skyrocket if you knew you could â€˜thinkâ€™ while your fingers did all the typingâ€¦
Well, my friend, Iâ€™ll tell you all the secrets of rapid typing. I didnâ€™t join any typing course in my life. But yes, I can type very fast! Without looking at the keyboard! Iâ€™ll share some self-invented tips for improving your typing speedâ€¦
Now, no mega promises. I donâ€™t have a magic pill which will boost your typing speed after reading this article. So, read at your own risk. I suggest that you read the following article if and only if you have the â€˜desireâ€™ to work on your typing speed. Nothing will happen unless you have the desire.
Tip#1 : Position your fingers
I know you have been looking at your keyboard for years. But did you ever observe the keys â€˜Fâ€™ & â€˜Jâ€™ ? Did you ever wonder whatâ€™s so special with them? Did you ever question the presence of a tiny notch on those keys?
Donâ€™t worry. Those keys are your reference keys. Have a look at the â€˜number padâ€™ on the right hand side of keyboard. â€˜5â€™ is the reference key. Right? Now use your â€˜indexâ€™ fingers to locate â€˜Fâ€™ & â€˜Jâ€™ keys; of course, without looking at the keyboard. Put the other fingers respectively – starting with the little finger of left hand on â€˜Aâ€™ . The little finger of the right hand on the â€˜ ;â€™ key. I hope you have positioned your hands properly. Both the thumbs should be rested on the space bar.
Tip#2 : Learn how to press the keys
Well, donâ€™t smile. This is an important tip. Now, decide which finger will press what key. For example, I press â€˜Yâ€™ with the index finger of left hand and â€˜Uâ€™ with the index finger of right hand. You better know whatâ€™s comfortable for you.
Do you know that you can change the case by pressing shift + key. That is, if you want to type â€˜Aâ€˜, you need to press shift (hold) & a. Hereâ€™s how to do it-
For the keys pressed using left hand, press the shift key using little finger of right hand & vice-versa. Confused? Letâ€™s take an example. To type a capital â€˜Aâ€™, I press key â€˜Aâ€™ by little finger of left hand while holding the â€˜shiftâ€™ key by little finger of right hand.
Read above paragraph again if you didnâ€™t understand.
Tip#3 : Remembering the keyboard
Easy! This is not a spoiler. Eventually you are going to remember the keyboard. Surprisingly, you wonâ€™t even realize that you remember the keyboard. To start with, a little trouble to your brain –
Have a look at keyboard. â€˜Eâ€™ & â€˜Râ€™ are adjacent. â€˜Mâ€™ comes just below the index finger of your right hand. Do memorize the location of these keys â€˜Pâ€™, â€˜Oâ€™, â€˜Câ€™, â€˜Vâ€™.
Tip#4 : How to practice
Just 10 minutes for next 10 days. I bet youâ€™ll type rapidly and without looking at keyboard. At least you will impress yourself.
– Take an article from newspaper or magazine and fire up your notepad. You may use an online article too. Its totally up to you.
– Read a complete sentence and try to type it on your notepad without looking at keyboard. Refer Tips 1-2-3 if you need.
– Initially, you will feel like looking at the keyboard. Donâ€™t cheat yourself.
– Feel the sense of urgency. Try to type as if you will win a Billion dollars if you type it in shortest possible time. Give it a try, it does a magic.
– Easy on typos. Donâ€™t worry about typos. You will make less mistakes once you feel comfortable typing without looking at keyboard. Most text processors will aid you by auto correcting your typos.
A little trouble for next 10 days will change the way you use your computer, forever! Do not forget to shout in the shoutbox.
-The Big K-