do you look at the keyboard when you type?

@ruthinian (2311)
United States
March 19, 2008 6:30am CST
I used to be a secretary for 5 years before becoming a teacher. So I can type 65 words per minute without looking at the keyboard. And I was talking about typewritters here... manual and electric. Then, when I learned to use the computer, my speed increased too. I type while I am reading what I am typing and I also know if I punch the wrong keys and can backspace or delete it without looking too. I am not bragging. I was just curious is a lot of people here in myLot are like me since I guess we are on the computer all the time to meet our personal quota or otherwise. Being in the computer all the time gives us a lot of time to practice our typing skill. (I believe so.) That's where I got the skill... practice How fast can you type? Do you look at the keys when you are typing?
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• Pakistan
19 Mar 08
hello ruthinian! How are you doing? well,thats realy good that u can type 65 days per minute. I wish i could do that too:P I can type i guess maximum 40 words but sometimes i do see thee keyboard when i have to type longer words like "characteristics","infatuations",words like that. Secondly i mistake a lot while typing,i press the wrong keys even seeing them and have to use back space again n again. Have gained more speed whil using pc yes it increases your typing skill :) Depends the way you use it. There are a lot of exercises of typing that i would especially recommend to the new ones because i never tried them and now i am used to use only of my 3 to 4 max fingers the rest are free,instead of using 4 finegrs only my friendz say that while seeing the movement of your hands it seems to be a very fact typing but obviously the end product is very low,with same speed if i use my all fingers it would be even better. So i would recommened to use those exercises in roder to see how actually we can type in a arranged manner,which key should be pressed by which finger,this initially slow you down but in the end it will benefit you. I have been using pc since more than 6 years but still i cant type as a 6 years old user should and the reason is only that i used wrong fingers for keys :) One has to be more structured to get the better results. Take care !
@ruthinian (2311)
• United States
19 Mar 08
YUP. It's in the fingers. That's the trick... use all your fingers and you don't need to look in the keyboard because the fingers are assigned to the different keys. That is the reason too why I also know if I typed the wrong keys, because of the fingers. . Your suggestions are good for those who want to learn the skill. Yes, I also used those typing exercises too. It helped me a lot. I recommend them too. Thanks and you take care too.
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• Pakistan
19 Mar 08
hello again :) well,you are very right,i wish someone in the beginning had suggested me too.But now i am used to these 4 fingers and now to start typing from the first step will be too difficult for me. Hmm thanks for the best response i wasnt expecting that :),just came from the university @ day time and thought to have a glance on mylot and thought to reply.
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@ruthinian (2311)
• United States
20 Mar 08
No problem my friend. I really appreciate the effort that you put in here. You just dont respond to gain point but you really share your ideas and I like it. Keep it up. I know you are just new here and I hope you get inspired more. Take care.
• United States
11 Apr 08
I take shortcuts that would horrify a teacher and do sometimes look at the keyboard. * I used to type at 45 words per minute but I developed corporal tunnel syndrome in both hands and thus developed some bad habits to pamper the aching wrists. * I'm a computer junkie and use MyLot for an important extra income. I find it hard to leave the keyboard, so I developed keyboard shortcuts so I can continue to type away. The keyboard shortcuts plus a change in keyboard call for peeks at the keyboard. I now use a keyboard that is designed for corporal tunnel. * I can't spell for beans. I've a disability there. FireFox lets me get away with lousy spelling as it has a spell checker built in. I type my response or discussion, then go back and correct all my spelling errors via Fox plus mouse. * I don't know where this lousy spelling comes from. Autism is something I know I have. Mom claims it was an exess of phonics in school. Some of my specialists who examined me when I was younger thought I would never speak or write. As you can tell, I am doing both in prodigious amounts.
@ruthinian (2311)
• United States
11 Apr 08
Wow, thanks for sharing, I really appreciate it. I learned a lot from your response. Yes, myLot is a good venue to practice typing skill, and yes, with today's technology, everything made easy, even with the spelling. And I am happy to know that you were able to go above your disability. My step-son has autism too and I guess he is doing fine. He is the smartest in his class according to the teacher, to think that he wasn't able to talk till he was 5 years old. Thanks again. take care.
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• United States
12 Apr 08
Your very welcome.
@ratyz5 (7831)
• Philippines
19 Mar 08
I don't know how fast I could type since I really don't check up on it that much but, as I type this response of mine, I also don't look much on the keyboard and know to delete some wrong spellings when I see them on the screen
@ruthinian (2311)
• United States
20 Mar 08
That is good. You are fast enough if you don't look in the keyboard. I guess.
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@ratyz5 (7831)
• Philippines
20 Mar 08
I guess so
• India
22 Apr 08
After college, I joined as a teacher. I asked a colleague to install Typing Tutor on the faculty computer. I used to spend a lot of time on it learning how to type. Of course, I was quite busy too and had to stop my typing adventures due to work. So, I did not learn how to type numbers. Now I can type all words and even delete mistakes without looking at the keyboard. I can type up to 55-60 words per minute. My only problem is numbers. Whenever I have to type a number, I have to peep at the keyboard and hunt and peck. Cheers and thanks for this discussion.
@ruthinian (2311)
• United States
23 Apr 08
That is forgiveable. Not all are good in typing numbers in the number keys too, unless you are an accountant. I also look at the key when I type number from the keys above the letter keys. But since I am a teacher too and had to compute grades in the computer I learned to type numbers from the numbers keys on the right side of the keyboard without looking too.
@pooh08 (672)
• Vietnam
9 Apr 08
I work with computer usually, special type the documents. If I type English document, I always type very slowly. Because I can't remember key of letter in keyboard. If I type my country language document, I type faster. My country language has diacritic and I type this kind when I was child. So it's seem my habit.
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@ruthinian (2311)
• United States
10 Apr 08
I understand. I will be your opposite then if I have to type on your language. Thanks for sharing.
@goldwin65 (937)
• Malaysia
19 Mar 08
Hi Ruthinian. How I wish I can type as fast as you without even looking at the keyboard. Sometime I don't look at the keyboard while typing but you will see numerous errors in my typing. I have been trying to practice typing without looking at the keyboard but never succeeded. Onlt two of my fingers really functioning in typing and the rest of the fingers are observer. Hehehe....
@ruthinian (2311)
• United States
20 Mar 08
Practice makes perfect. You will be like me in no time. Spend more time here in myLot and you will be surprised.
@luvstochat (6916)
• United States
19 Mar 08
I don't look at the keyboard when I type I look at the computer screen at what I am typing that way if I mess up I see the mistake and can correct it right away. I have not taking a typing test in alot time so I am not sure how fast I can type.
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@ruthinian (2311)
• United States
19 Mar 08
Me too, specially when I am typing straight from my idea, I mean when I am thinking. I rather type it than write my ideas down. So I look in the monitor. But if I am typing or copying something out from a book or writting from a paper, I look on the paper while typing then look in the monitor afterwards for corrections.
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@anarki99 (40)
• Portugal
19 Mar 08
Sometimes i look at my keyboard other time i don't... Simple. xD
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@ruthinian (2311)
• United States
19 Mar 08
I see, I look at the keyboards too sometimes but everytime I do that, the more I make mistake that is why I don't look anymore.
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• Indonesia
19 Mar 08
Yeah, I type without looking at the keyboard. I use my 10 fingers for typing. It's such a helpful skill which I love so much. I always wonder there are many people who utilize only 2 fingers in typing, and still they can type fast, lol...
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@ruthinian (2311)
• United States
19 Mar 08
LOL. Of course, there are still people who type using their 2 fingers only, my hubby is one of them. I use all my fingers. That's the trick to type fast without looking, right?
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@Ravenladyj (22992)
• United States
19 Mar 08
I have no idea how many words per minute I can type on the computer or a typewriter but yes I type without looking at the keys..in fact whenever i try to look at the keys I get all messed up LOL
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@ruthinian (2311)
• United States
19 Mar 08
LOL. same with me, that is why I don't look anymore because when I look at the keys, the more I get confused.
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@skyblue (1300)
• India
23 Apr 08
I dont have too much speed.So when ever i am typing my eyes always at the keyboard.I think if i do regular type them i can increase my writing speed.
@ruthinian (2311)
• United States
23 Apr 08
You can increase your typing skill by just getting the hang of it. Just relax and since if you make a mistake you can always delete it or backspace or make the correction. Practice and you will acquire the skill.
@skyblue (1300)
• India
23 Apr 08
Thanks for your comments.
@shynie (556)
• Philippines
22 Apr 08
Wow! That's good for you. I am not fast in tying and I really look at the keyboard when I type. But eventually MyLot has helped me increased my typing skills.
@skyblue (1300)
• India
23 Apr 08
Hi shynie..you are right..after joining in mylot also increased my typing speed.
@ruthinian (2311)
• United States
23 Apr 08
Yup, I agree with you. A lot of people are saying that here. This is the best place to practice. You need to type fast to earn fast.
• India
22 Apr 08
after readin ur post i decided to go for a type test ....i just failed miserably...i typed only 16 wpm..that too with looking at the key board.......i think u are really very fast...
@ruthinian (2311)
• United States
23 Apr 08
I see. Well, you have more time for practice. Spending more time with mylot will help you with your typing skill too. why not try to do this typing exercise here... http://ruthinian-gregoire.blogspot.com/2008/04/check-this-out-guys and see how you can improve.
@ruthinian (2311)
• United States
23 Apr 08
http://ruthinian-gregoire.blogspot.com/2008/04/check-this-out-guys.html
@carinio98 (2935)
• Philippines
3 Apr 08
we have a typing lesson when i was in college so i type with my eyes on the monitor not on the keyboard. but my downside is i type to slow.
@ruthinian (2311)
• United States
7 Apr 08
You just need practice. Thanks for the response.
@carinio98 (2935)
• Philippines
7 Apr 08
anytime i like your topic thats all
@MsTickle (24752)
• Australia
24 Mar 08
I use 2 fingers and look at the keyboard, obviously, I didn't practic enough even though i would practice for a couple of hour every day and more on the week end when I was lesrning to type. I see you made a couple of mistakes...what degree of accuracy do you have 85 - 90%?
• Pakistan
24 Mar 08
i have been using computer since 10 years and i dont think so that a person whoz using PC since that much time will be seeing keyboard while typing. I dont see keyboard at all , and use both of my hands to type , Even i hardly get a mistake in typing now. It all depends on practice , the more you type the more you will be expert in typing and in speed. You dont need to see keyboard when you are an advanced and gragually your typing speed also increases.
@ruthinian (2311)
• United States
24 Mar 08
Yes, I still make a mistake, im not perfect just fast and by being fast it doesnt necessarily mean that I am flawless too. I think my accuracy rate is between that range. I do review my writings too but most of the time I don't specially here in mylot where, i don't also mind if people make mistake with their typing. But I am careful when I am doing a write up which I post in my other website.
• United States
20 Mar 08
I am not sure how many words I can type per minute and I do look at the keys while am typing I have tried to not look at the keys and it comes out looking like this (muigf,lslsjuudiuklsjforo) just goofing off here but seriously I do look at the keys while I am typing
@ruthinian (2311)
• United States
20 Mar 08
practice some more and make sure you use all your fingers in typing.
• United States
20 Mar 08
I sure will because practice makes perfect
• New Zealand
20 Mar 08
Hey not really more the computer a.
@ruthinian (2311)
• United States
20 Mar 08
Thanks.
• New Zealand
21 Mar 08
Hey that is fine a
@bradhart (659)
• United States
20 Mar 08
I am in front of a computer from 12 to 20 hours a day so I have become a touch typist. I only look at my spanish language keyboard, the extra keys trip me up, but the novel I am currently working on has a spanish speakers and names and is set in Costa Rica so I really have to use it.
@ruthinian (2311)
• United States
20 Mar 08
WOW. That is so cool. Do you still sleep? because being a writter, they are still thinking when they are not typing.
@bradhart (659)
• United States
20 Mar 08
I don't sleep nearly as much as I would like to sleep. As soon as I get both of my blogs back in visual order with new themes that work right, rather than using freebie themes, I hopefully can add another 90 minutes a day to my sleep. With any luck I won't even dream in code XML code anymore.
@torkyn (80)
• Australia
20 Mar 08
i can type without looking at the keyboard you just pick it up naturally when you have been using computers ever since i was young. in fact my keyboard is actually a blank keyboard all the letters are wiped off it so its just buttons so it forces you to touch type. great learning curve.
@ruthinian (2311)
• United States
20 Mar 08
I know what you mean. It's a good thing you memorized the position of the keys.
@torkyn (80)
• Australia
20 Mar 08
It wasn't really memorizing it just came naturally after a couple years messing around on the computer you just pick it up. if i try and recall positions i can't its like my fingers just know where to go.
• Philippines
4 May 08
Hmm, I can go 54-55 wpm on a typing speed test, but if I'm writing off the top of my head, I think I can go faster, and yes, I no longer look at the keyboard, heheh. If I need to re-adjust for the DVORAK, because they said that it makes productivity better.... I don't think so. My brain has totally adjusted to the way the keyboard is, now. :) My tech ramblings: http://nenyathegeek.blogspot.com
@ruthinian (2311)
• United States
5 May 08
I agree with you. It's not just a matter of getting used to it. It's your brain that is dictating you which key to punch when you are typing.