How to Practice Typing for Beginners

By Erin Webb

For beginners, practicing typing skills can be a tedious task. However, as with any skill, practice is vital for improvement. If you dedicate yourself to improving, you will find that you no longer need to look at the keyboard when you type, and your typing speed will become faster.

Things You'll Need

  • Keyboard
  • Computer
  • Monitor

Step 1

Choose the type of keyboard with which you are the most comfortable. QWERTY keyboards are the traditional and most widespread option, but Dvorak keyboards have also recently gained popularity, and may be a better option for absolute beginners.

Step 2

Master the basic finger placement on a QWERTY keyboard. Start with the home position first: Place your right index finger on the "J" key and other right-hand fingers onto the "K," "L" and semicolon keys. Place your left index finger on the "F" key and the other left-hand fingers on the "D," "S" and "A" keys.

Step 3

Type the keys from left to right and begin practicing without moving your fingers. Practice both uppercase and lowercase letters, and gradually proceed to typing words. Begin with simple words that use the home-row keys: "sad," "fad," "all" and others. Move to more complex words. With some practice, you'll become familiar with the positioning of each of the letters on the keyboard.

Step 4

Proceed to typing without looking at the keyboard at all. Be very particular about using the appropriate fingers designated for each letter while typing. You could try typing sentences like "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" over and over again, as these contain every alphabet letter. Using the full alphabet will ensure that you learn where each letter is on the keyboard.

Step 5

Begin timing your typing. This will give you a fair idea of your typing speed, including both words per minute and accuracy, and will help you improve both elements. Online typing tests and games can give you a set rubric for improvement---and can keep your typing practice from becoming repetitive or dull.

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