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  • How to Type.

  • Whether you need to type a resume, a letter, or a bibliography, it can get done fast if you learn how to control the keys efficiently.

  • You will need a keyboard or typewriter, patience, time to practice, and a computer with internet access.

  • Step 1. Position your fingers on the keyboard.

  • Put your little left finger on the "A" and your right little finger on the semicolon.

  • Lay your fingers one at a time on each consecutive key and place your thumbs on the space bar.

  • The F and J keys on most keyboards have small bumps to easily identify where your two pointer fingers should stay without having to look down.

  • Step 2. Learn what fingers control which keys.

  • The left index finger controls the F, G, R, T, 4, 5, V, and B.

  • The left middle finger controls the D, E, 3, and C.

  • The left ring finger controls the S, W, 2, and X.

  • The left little finger controls the A, Q, 1, Z, and shift.

  • Step 3. Learn what keys the fingers on the right hand type.

  • The fingers on the right hand control the same pattern of keys as you learned on the left side.

  • Step 4. Press the space bar with your right thumb.

  • Step 5. Master the shift keys with your little fingers.

  • Press the shift key while simultaneously pressing the letter of choice to type a capital letter.

  • If the letter is pressed by the right hand, use the left shift key, and vice versa.

  • Step 6. Sit up straight with both feet on the floor.

  • Position your chair and keyboard so your arms are at a 90 degree angle and are parallel to your legs.

  • Keep your elbows next to your body and your head straight.

  • Try not to look down at the keys.

  • Step 7. Practice typing.

  • You can learn for free online by visiting websites with touch typing tutorials.

  • Learning the art of typing will save you tons of time over the hunt and peck method.

  • Did you know the letters on old typewriters used to be listed alphabetically?

  • In the late 1800s, Christopher Latham Sholes rearranged the keys to prevent jamming.

How to Type.

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