Introduction to Typing Correctly
The free typing tutorial above will point you in the right direction to help increase the speed at which you type on your keyboard.
Typing is a skill that can improve your efficiency in many aspects of your life in today’s high-paced, technology-driven world.
Typing with the standard technique is not something that will come overnight and it takes a lot of time and practice. In the long run however, it is most definitely worth it.
Users who learn to type properly can type much faster. If you spend a lot of time online or working on a computer, over the course of a year, you can literally save days every year by being able to finish computer related tasks so quickly.
It will be helpful to use the typing finger chart below (from Pinterest; no source found) to help remember which fingers you need to use to type each letter.
When you’re starting out, using the proper finger to type each letter is extremely important even though it may seem tedious at times.
As you improve at typing, it will become easier and easier to type each letter on the keyboard, the proper way. When this happens, your typing speed will naturally increase and you will be able to perform typing-related tasks faster and faster.
The Home Row
The “home row” in typing consists of 8 keys in the middle of the keyboard that your 8 fingers (thumbs aren’t fingers) should always go back to after typing a letter.
The following keys make up the home row:
"A" "S" "D" "F" "J" "K" "L" ";"
You can refer to the chart towards the top to see which finger is associated with each key.
As I mentioned, each finger should return to it’s home row position after each letter it typed – especially when you first start out.
Let’s be honest, once you create some muscle memory with your fingers, you may naturally cheat a little bit.
For example, if you are typing the word “nut”, you may end up going directly from the letter “n” to the letter “u” with your right index finger – instead of first returning to the “j” key.
As you first learn to type, however, doing this can have a negative impact on your progress.
Your fingers will take time to get used to being able to bend the right way to correctly type each letter on the keyboard. If you start cheating right from the beginning, there may be some pesky keys on the keyboard that you will struggle with for much longer than if you hadn’t cut corners early on.
If you’re going to train yourself to type correctly, you must hold yourself accountable and practice as much as you can – even if you end up typing slower than usual when you first begin.
You have probably learned a relatively efficient way of typing over time even if you’re not utilizing each finger to it’s fullest extent. Because of this, it may seem like correct typing is a waste of time. Trust me, it pays off in the long run.
A good way to break up your typing practice is to play some typing games from time to time.
There are some free typing game available FreeTypingGame.net if you’re interested.
If you’re looking for a more thorough and directed way to learn typing, you should check out the Typing Fundamentals course that I authored for Lynda.com / LinkedIn Learning.
The course offers detailed instructions and tips for tackling each key on the keyboard. It also includes a built in practice module that you can use as you progress in the course. The practice module measures both your speed and accuracy for each section of the course, as well as measuring your cumulative results.
Both the print and video content of this tutorial were updated in 2017 – based on the original post from 2012.