As fingerprints sensors and CCTV cameras have become highly useful in securing family homes and commercial buildings, and the latest technological advances can only control different types of equipment, it is unwise to keep on saying no to people who want to teach you how to use the computer.
What makes you scared of it? Are you worried that you might be too old for this? The oldest Facebook user was 107 years old, and we are pretty certain that you are still quite far from that age. Because of that, there should not be a reason for you not to learn basic computer skills.
Or do you feel anxious about being unable to remember how to turn on and off the electronic device? That is entirely forgivable for first-timers like you. The worst scenario that can come out of it is that the battery of the gadget gets drained or – if it is a desktop – your electric bill will go a bit higher.
Nevertheless, before you can go deep into the world of technology, it is highly essential to learn how to touch type.
What Is Touch Typing?
Touch typing is a process that teaches a person to type or click the keys of the keyboard. Through it, you’ll be able to use all your fingers to write text without checking their position. It may be a little tricky in the beginning – that’s a fact. However, if you see it as a challenge more than a hardship, you may develop a greater sense of touch that will enable you to type sans the sense of sight.
Such a skill is essential when you are typing what your professor or your boss is discussing, and you cannot look away from him because he might think that you are only chatting with someone and not taking notes. It is advantageous as well when you are in a dark room, and the light coming from your screen is too much to keep your eyes open.
How To Touch Type?
Now, here is the exciting part. Make sure that you do not miss any point so that you can become a master at touch typing by the end of this article. Below are the steps you should follow.
- Stretch your fingers and sit properly. Wiggle your hands for a few seconds and exercise your fingers until they feel relaxed. You need to get rid of their stiffness before you even begin to learn touch typing to stop them from aching.
- Mind your sitting position. Keep your feet level on the ground and straighten your back. Your elbows should also be at a 90-degree angle.
- Place your hands over the keyboard. Remember that the primary position for the fingers on your left hand. The pinky is on A, the ring finger on S, the middle one on D, and the index on F. For your right hand, the smallest one should stay on top of the colon/semi-colon, the ring finger on L, the middle on K, and the index on S. This placement will make it easier for you to reach all the other alphanumeric keys below and above the line.
- Know which finger goes on which key. The main idea in touch typing is that you should only use your fingers on the letters they are designated to. Say, if your left pinky finger is supposed to be on letter A, it’s best not to use the ring or middle finger to click it. Otherwise, you will most likely hit the wrong keys.
- Eyes on the monitor, please. While looking at the keyboard when touch typing may not be allowed, you can get your fingers familiar with the different touch of every letter. It may not be stress-free in the beginning, but that’s what remembering the previous tip is for.
Ready To Test Your Newfound Skills?
Learning the basics of a computer does not entail that you will need to take a written exam in the end. What’s important is that you’ll be able to apply what you have learned and see how fast you can type without watching your fingers move all over the keyboard.
Considering you don’t think that you can DIY this task, there are various websites like Ratatype that provide typing speed tests. Some are free, yet the more comprehensive ones are not. You will generally be given a sentence or two as a trial, which you have to type as fast and as accurate as you can. Then, they will rate you based on the number of words you can type per minute, as well as your accuracy. Nonetheless, if you want to track your progress, it may better to opt for the latter so that you can see how far you have gone from being a computer noob to becoming a typing wiz.