Unit 2. Keyboarding

Topic A: Keyboarding skills

Touch Typing

– the ability to input information at a keyboard smoothly while typing.

– a method of typing (with all the available fingers) without looking at the keyboard.

  • Touch typing can increase typing accuracy and speed.
  • Touch typing includes understanding keyboard layout and its functions.

Benefits of touch typing

  • Hands typing at a computer keyboard.Speed (efficient): type faster
  • Accuracy (focus): make fewer mistakes
  • Productivity: type longer without getting tired
  • Health: less likely have health problems (hands, wrists, neck, etc.)

Typing tips

  • Maintain a healthy posture.
  • Familiarize yourself with the keyboard layout.
  • Start typing with touch typing.
  • Press each key with the proper finger.
  • Each key has to pressed by the same finger all the time.
  • Take a typing speed test to keep track of your progress.

Keyboarding Technique

A stick figure sits at a desk with a laptop. Their back is straight and their arms are at 90 degrees over the keyboard.

Proper posture

  • Body: centre body in front of keyboard and sit up straight.
  • Arm position: arms relaxed and bent to about 90 degrees; elbows naturally close to body.

The mouse and keyboard should be set to the height of elbow height.

  • Hand position: hands should be flat, but palms of hands not resting on the keyboard. Keep wrists off the keyboard.
  • Feet position: feet should be flat on the ground, slightly apart (don’t cross).
  • Eyes: keep eyes on the screen rather than the keyboard or hands.
A woman sitting at a table, looking at a laptop.

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