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Post by Lucy McGough on Sun Nov 30, 2008 2:34 pm

It strikes me that it would be a good idea, so that I could learn how to touch-type.
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Re: How does one go about learning to type?

Post by Patrick on Sun Nov 30, 2008 2:51 pm

Lucy McGough wrote:It strikes me that it would be a good idea, so that I could learn how to touch-type.

Trying to usurp Donna's 'super-temp, 100 words a minute' role?

In my case, it was a class I had to take in High School- which I nearly failed because the instructor got rather upset with me for how I would keep looking down at my hands. Rolling Eyes

I think there are software programs you can buy to instruct you on the basics. It becomes a matter of practice, after you get the basics. The middle row- A S D F G H J K L ; - is where you rest your fingers. Each finger is given a 'reach' in the letters above and below the 'home' row. For example, the pinky finger on your left hand have the reach for A (home row), Q (above home row) and Z (below home row). The pointer fingers on each hand, being more extendable, have six letters each.

Beyond that, it becomes a matter of practice- endless repetition. Here's an exercise you can try: open up a blank page in Word, and type this sentence over and over again:
"The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog." That sentance uses all 26 letters in the letters in the alphabet, so it will train your fingers to know where the letters are on a keyboard without your having to think about it.
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Re: How does one go about learning to type?

Post by Colin Hicks on Sun Nov 30, 2008 2:55 pm

I'm a pretty nifty typist - it's about the only decent professional skill I've got - but it's all self-taught. Like Patrick says, the only real way to learn is to type, and type a lot, until your fingers almost retain the memory of where the keys are.

I still can't touch-type properly, but if I make a mistake, I know which way I've got to go to find the right key.


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Re: How does one go about learning to type?

Post by Lucy McGough on Sun Nov 30, 2008 3:13 pm

Thanks for the prompt advice, guys.

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Re: How does one go about learning to type?

Post by Dave Webb on Sun Nov 30, 2008 3:26 pm

You can also change your keyboard.

Das Keyboard has no letters on the keys, so even if you look at it, you can't tell where the letters are and you're forced to learn their position the hard way and trust to bodymemory.

It's an expensive solution.

Typing games are another solution - you can find them on sites like Neopets.

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Re: How does one go about learning to type?

Post by Lucy McGough on Sun Nov 30, 2008 3:37 pm

I guess I could save up for the keyboard.

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Re: How does one go about learning to type?

Post by Dave Webb on Thu Dec 04, 2008 3:12 pm

Or, you could buy a really cheap keyboard and paint all the letters black. Same thing, plus you get an arts and crafts project into the bargain!

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Re: How does one go about learning to type?

Post by Lucy McGough on Thu Dec 04, 2008 3:18 pm

This could be the hobby I've been waiting for to liven up those long winter evenings Very Happy
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Re: How does one go about learning to type?

Post by Kate on Thu Dec 04, 2008 11:19 pm

There are loads of online typing games that you can use to practise. Just put a scarf or something over your hands so you can't see the keys and just practice!

http://www.freetypinggame.net/ has games and lessons and tests...

Hope this helps - it will make the assignments go faster! Wink
I don't think I would have passed uni with out my 90 words a minute!

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Re: How does one go about learning to type?

Post by Lucy McGough on Fri Dec 05, 2008 6:40 am

Thanks mate. All of you have been so helpful!
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Re: How does one go about learning to type?

Post by The Browncoat Cat on Fri Dec 05, 2008 6:59 am

I learnt how to to type when I was twelve. It was thought that it was a way of getting around the Dyspraxia. I am still quite a mean typist, about sixty words a minute when I concentrate.

Sadly, the art and science of typewriting are disappearing thanks to word processing. Anyone with two fingures can produce the sort of documents that used to require years of training and lots of skill to produce.
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Re: How does one go about learning to type?

Post by Sid Seadevil on Sun Jan 11, 2009 10:33 pm

Or alternately to all the excellent advice above, you can use my method. One finger from each hand and just use them like mad.

It seems to work for me.
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Re: How does one go about learning to type?

Post by Lucy McGough on Tue Jan 13, 2009 6:02 am

I can now touch-type! Hooray!
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Re: How does one go about learning to type?

Post by Sid Seadevil on Tue Jan 13, 2009 6:31 am

Lucy McGough wrote:I can now touch-type! Hooray!
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Blimey! That was quick! Suspect


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Re: How does one go about learning to type?

Post by Patrick on Tue Jan 13, 2009 6:35 am

Sid Seadevil wrote:
Lucy McGough wrote:I can now touch-type! Hooray!
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Blimey! That was quick! Suspect

Yes, but she still has a ways to go before she can top Donna's hundred words a minute record.
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Re: How does one go about learning to type?

Post by Sid Seadevil on Tue Jan 13, 2009 6:43 am

Patrick wrote:Yes, but she still has a ways to go before she can top Donna's hundred words a minute record.
Oh, I can leave Donna's record eating my dust. Of course, the end result is total gibberish - but I'm still faster.
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Re: How does one go about learning to type?

Post by Lucy McGough on Fri Jan 16, 2009 6:11 am

It actually isn't that hard. Does anyone want the 'Teach Yourself Touch-Typing' programme now that I've finished with it?
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Post by Sid Seadevil on Fri Jan 16, 2009 6:17 am

Lucy McGough wrote:It actually isn't that hard. Does anyone want the 'Teach Yourself Touch-Typing' programme now that I've finished with it?
Thanks for the offer, m'dear - but I think I'll pass. It sounds frighteningly like some type of "work" and *shudders* "effort" is involved to me.
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Re: How does one go about learning to type?

Post by Lucy McGough on Fri Jan 16, 2009 6:41 am

But touch-typing is great fun Smile
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Re: How does one go about learning to type?

Post by Sid Seadevil on Fri Jan 16, 2009 6:43 am

Lucy McGough wrote:But touch-typing is great fun Smile
If the keyboard was the body/s of Dame Julie, Kate W or Kate B, then I'm be inclined to entirely agree with you.
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Re: How does one go about learning to type?

Post by Lucy McGough on Fri Jan 16, 2009 6:45 am

Your posts seem to have a common topic this afternoon, Sid Very Happy
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Re: How does one go about learning to type?

Post by Sid Seadevil on Fri Jan 16, 2009 6:50 am

Lucy McGough wrote:Your posts seem to have a common topic this afternoon, Sid Very Happy
Just thinking of forum growth, Minor. Dedicated to the end, that's me.
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Re: How does one go about learning to type?

Post by millerqueen on Fri Jan 16, 2009 6:55 am

Forum growth? I sense the growth of something else here
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Re: How does one go about learning to type?

Post by Sid Seadevil on Fri Jan 16, 2009 8:05 am

millerqueen wrote:Forum growth? I sense the growth of something else here
Only the soon to be inflicted and expanding lump on my head, I fear.
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Re: How does one go about learning to type?

Post by millerqueen on Fri Jan 16, 2009 8:26 am

what men call their head, and what women consider a man's head are two different things.
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