questionsdo you use the correct finger position while…

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oh, no way !!! if i did it would look some thing like "thoia ' LOL
should say "this"

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I learned to type via touch typing and still use the correct finger on the proper key. I would be totally messed up if I did not. I also type about 75wpm when I get going on something - impossible if not using touch typing I would imagine.

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My mother was a secretary, so I learned how to type "properly" when I was around 10.

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Sure, but my mouse position is a mess. :P

(Seriously though, I do strange things with my ring finger and pinky on the mouse..... always weirds me out when I look over and notice it.)

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Learned to touch type and used to be pretty fast. Haven't taken a test in a long time and I'm sure my speed's gone way down.

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@klozitshoper: I remember using Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing and Mario Teaches Typing. The Mario one was fun, but it's knowledge never really stuck with me.

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I do, but my dad doesn't. He actually types with just one finger, it's hilarious to watch, but it's also kinda sad.

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@arevan: I learned in school - on old Remington standard machines (museum stuff today) where the keys were blank! Hours of asdf ;lkj frf ftf - you get my drift. Then it was done to music! Wow, what a dinosaur.

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After 2 years of typing class in HS (70s), you bet I do.

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Mp. O dpm
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Just tested my horrible finger position and got 52 wpm.

(I used this site: http://speedtest.10-fast-fingers.com/)

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I never took a typing class. After teaching myself, my fingers still generally find the home row pretty well. So...not technically "correct"...I think I only use about three fingers on each hand to type.

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@arevan: Thanks for the site. I used it and got 69 words per minute on the first attempt.

The only problem is the site comes up with random words to type. In the real world, the words follow a different flow. My fingers are used to typing certain phrases and that causes my WPM to go up higher. For example, most prepositional phrases are easier to type because they occur so often.

How many others out there tell your fingers to type a specific word and they do it automatically without you having to type each individual character instead? That's the way I type. If it's a complicated word then I do go letter by letter but generally my fingers have a brain of their own and type the words without me having to think about every letter.

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@arevan: Even better on the second attempt at 76 WPM.

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Yeah, force of habit. I learned how to type in 7th grade. Last time I was time tested I was at 82 wpm. Thanks for the link, I'm going to send it to my 13 yr old and see how fast he types.

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I do, but occasionally I will go to keys with a different hand than I should not sure why.

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I mostly do, but sometimes I like to use the wrong hand for some letters, especially when using the shift key.

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I got 54. I think that its ironic that the qwerty keyboards were designed by typewriter companies to slow down typing to prevent them from jamming, and in todays society we are focused on typing faster. Thank god we still use the qwerty so we dont jam our computers.

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I always start out in a normal position, but you know how things get...

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asdf jkl; all the way! Also learned in 7th grade.

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It's kind of hard to touch type when most of my typing is now done on my iPhone.
Seriously, I have had a long career in programming, yet still use a 4 1/2 finger method. I get 20-25 wpm, but it seems faster when I get into a rhythm. (28 wpm on the above site but it probably would have been faster if it used real sentences instead of random words)

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I can type just fine and at a good pace as long as I don't think about it. As soon as someone tries to give me a typing test, I slow down and make lots of typos. It's like the old poem about the centipede:

A centipede was happy - quite!
Until a toad in fun
Said, "Pray, which leg moves after which?"
This raised her doubts to such a pitch,
She fell exhausted in the ditch
Not knowing how to run.

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I type about 80wpm using just the first two fingers and thumb on my right hand and the first finger on my left hand. The secretaries love to watch me type. I had a grand mal seizure as a teen that left me paralyzed on the left side for a week and my left hand can still be pretty dumb. I was ambidextrous prior to that but now I have to concentrate to make the other three fingers on my left hand do what I want (which they will, I can still paint and write and do anything else left handed, just slower and I have to concentrate).

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@jimbotheperson: You could get a Dvorak keyboard if you want to try typing faster. All the vowels are on the position where you initially put your fingers.

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So for a follow-up question, if you don't type properly are you looking at the keyboard or screen when you type?

I have watched people type entire sentences and then look up at the screen only to realize the cursor was not in the correct spot so they had to retype everything. HA! Makes me laugh every time I see that.

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Learned in High School the proper way and have continued. Just did that test linked to above and typed 103 words a minute - I remember in High school struggling to meet the requirement of 30 words a minute to pass the class...

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Long ago I learned to type correctly and when I don't think about it, I can wack out about 80 words a minute (at I could the last time I checked it).

However, I tend not to type that way, using a somewhat modified method that relies more heavily on my middle and index fingers, using my ring and pinky fingers less that the "official" method calls for.

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@cengland0: I creep people out with this. They will come by my cubicle and I will turn to them while still typing. I'll listen to them and continue to type. At first they couldn't believe I was still typing and figured it was nonsensical fluff. Well much to their chagrin it was not. So no I don't look at the monitor or the keyboard to type.

In answer to the parent question, yes, I use the correct finger position. I spent a summer vacation when I was 12 learning how to type via tape recordings at the request of my mom. Probably one of the best things I learned over a summer vacation and so I didn't up like my dad who does hunt and peck.

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My mom insisted that I learn how to type and got me one of those software teach-to-type programs when I was a kid, then kept refreshing me through high school. It has come in very handy. The only problem is that I sometimes type faster than I think and forget entire words in sentences.

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@cengland0: I do a mixture of both. I'm able to type well without looking at the keyboard, but sometimes I glance down to see if I'm hitting the right keys.

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@cengland0: I have never typed properly. Got kicked out of typing class in high school for not typing the way the teacher taught. I look at the screen, and type 95 wpm according to the test.

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Yep, "home row."

I learned to type through a computer course I had to take in middle school. All of the computer keyboards where blacked out with permanent marker so there was no way of typing by looking at the keyboard.

My only bad habit is that I use the CAPS LOCK key to type uppercase letters instead of holding down the SHIFT button. :-/

Scored 83 words per minute on the typing test posted above :( going to try to beat that lol

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oh some of you are just showing off! hmmpph
i got 57 wpm my first time but i stopped and thought it would give me results on what i'd done so far. then i realized i had to do a full minute lol

64wpm the 2nd time. my hands sortof hover on the keyboard. i'm looking at them now and as i type i look at my screen but my hands sortof hover around.
i keep my right thumb on or above the space bar, and it looks like i rest my left ring finger on the S key as much as possible then anchor my left hand that way. rest my left pinky on shift and left index on V for some reason. my right hand is weird but i think i anchor on the space key for the right hand. i also rest my right index on the N key. weird...

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One summer, my parents told me, "No more lying around and doing nothing this school vacation. You have two choices: learn to type or take ballroom dance lessons." (ballroom dance lessons?)

I'm a very good typist. Can't dance a single step.

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@arevan: got 63wpm, but i blame the lag and low ping...