Tutorial for 10-Key Typing

By Quinten Plummer

Whether you're looking to improve your 10-key typing skills for a job or you'd like to bolster your overall typing skills and make use of the full keyboard, proficiency on the 10-key pad can be a useful tool to have in your arsenal. And with the help of a few simple techniques and some free software, you can experience noticeable improvement in your 10-key typing skills.

Step 1

Relax your arm and place your fingers over the 10-key keypad. Rest your index finger on the "4" key, your middle finger on the "5" key and your ring finger on the "6." Rest your thumb on the "0" and your pinky finger on the "Enter" key.

Step 2

Practice locating the raised bump on the "5" with your middle finger, aligning your index and ring finger over the "4" and "6" keys, and then placing your thumb and pinky fingers over the "0" and "Enter" keys.

Step 3

Practice pressing the keys that are accessible to each of your finger. Press the "1," "4" and "7" with your index finger. Hit the "2," 5," 8" and "/" with your middle finger. Hit the ".," "6," "9" and "*" keys with your ring finger--you can also hit the "+" and "-" keys with your ring finger. Press the "Enter" key with your pinky and the "0" with your thumb.

Step 4

Use a free online 10-key typing test to help you get accustomed to hitting the keys that are accessible with each finger and to build up speed your speed (see Resources). Or use a typing program that supports the 10-key pad to build a personal lesson plan and monitor your progress on the 10-key (see Resources).