Are you using the keyboard properly and how fast do you type?

@gicarlo (131)
Philippines
June 29, 2008 7:33am CST
The keyboard has a proper way of using right? I'm sure you know that. The proper position of your fingers and the letters each of your finger should only press. So are you following this process? Are you using the your keyboard properly? Does it really matter? And how fast do you type? Does it also matter how fast you type? I am an IT student, but sad to say, i do not properly use my keyboard. But I type fast, though i cannot say how fast. Well, of course all of these matters. Especially if you have a lot of documents to encode.
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35 responses
29 Jun 08
I'm aware there are supposed correct ways to use a keyboard, but it is not something that concerns me. The best positioning for each individual is the way that suits them. Out of curiousity, i just did a free online typing test twice (2 different texts). On the first I deliberately tried to type fast, made mistakes and got 48wpm. The second one i just let it flow, typed as normal and got 62. My partner did a typing test during an interview a few months back and got much higher. I just checked with her and she agrees about the individual finding the most comfortable position for them.
@gicarlo (131)
• Philippines
29 Jun 08
True maybe, but following the proper way will able you to type faster than the fastest way you could type when not following the proper way ^_^
30 Jun 08
As above, you will type quickest and most efficiently whichever way is most comfortable for you. Some believe in a 'correct' way to type others simply choose the best for them. No right or wrong.
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@shiloh_222 (5480)
• Philippines
29 Jun 08
hi. i am an IT professor and part of my lessons is to develop proper keyboarding skills for my students. i have been using the computer for a long time and before that, i used old-fashioned typewriter to learn how to type. Hehehe... it was an awful experience, having my fingers jammed in between the key rows..hehehe... anyway, i teach them how to properly used the home rows of asdf for the left hand and jkl; for the right and the thumbs for the space bar. i stress again and again, that using this method can greatly be an advantage when it comes to work and school stuff. moreover, i make them access a typing tutor software (mavis teaching home beacon or even typershark, a game) that is very interesting to use and fun. i can type 60-72 WPM, it depends if i am tired or not... hehehe... if i stare at my keyboard, i get confused. it's better to type unconciously by not staring at it. hope you will develop your skills, as an IT personnel someday, your speed in coding can make a big difference. take care.
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@ferdzNK (3214)
• Philippines
29 Jun 08
I'm sure the old typewriter trained you very well. You should be proud to have use such a machine and congrats for reaching your 1000th post.
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• Philippines
29 Jun 08
hahahaha...it did, it did. come to think of it. thanks so much! took me nearly a year to reach 1000th post...happy mylotting
• United States
29 Jun 08
hey gicarlo. i dont type the proper way either but i type fast. here's a game you could play to test your WPM http://play.typeracer.com/ i avg about 85WPM. =)
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@ptscam (138)
• Portugal
30 Jun 08
WOW :) nice website :) never knew that one!
@jessej9 (394)
• Philippines
30 Jun 08
I got 79WPM in the website.. cool site BTW. Anyway for me, i place my fingers in the right position but the fingers do not really just press the keys assigned for them, I go beyond them so that there I have many typos but yet, I can type fast.. but due to the typos I become slower.
@arddi2007 (202)
• Albania
29 Jun 08
yes, i use it properly. i often get distracted and i dont watch the keyboard but i watch the screen. i can write without watching the keyboard! when im watching, i can type very fast, but when im not watching, i can type fast but i will make mistakes and it costs me more time to correct these mistakes.
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@michelyn (717)
• United States
5 Jul 08
I definitely use my keyboard properly. I spend enough time on my keyboard that if I didn't use it properly, it would cause me plenty of pain. Currently, I type 72WPM. I've slowed down since I don't type many documents for work like used to. Also, I was much faster when I use to do a lot of data entry. The most typing I do right now is either through e-mails, sites like this or the few blogs I have posted so far in other places.
@kameleen (151)
• Belgium
1 Jul 08
i don't think it really matters. It just depends on how well trained you are in the method you use and how much effort you put in it. I type like it is "supposed to" and I can get a speed of around 60 wpm. While my friend types with just two fingers and he can get a speed of around 85 wpm (both with no typos). So it really depends on what you are used to.
@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
30 Jun 08
I learned to type in high school, on a manual typewriter, but some of the keys are a little different, so I had to relearn the numbers and a few characters. I don't type as fast as I did on my desktop as my laptop has a smaller keyboard, but I type fairly fast, but not so accurate. I have hit backspace a lot!! LOL
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• India
30 Jun 08
I have a practice of manual typewriter,so my fingurs play like piano on keyboard.I too cannot calculate how fast,but ofcourse average fast.
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• United States
30 Jun 08
I took 2 yrs of typing classes in high school and if she could see the way i type now she would be very upset LOL i still use just 2 fingers but i can type fast enough to follow a person speaking at a meeting or a conversation so i know i type fast enough i just cant use the finger placement its annoying to even try for me and strains my wrists ...so i will stick with my 2 finger typing ways lol
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@applefreak (3131)
• Singapore
30 Jun 08
well i won't really call it the proper way. it's more for people who like to type. or for people who has to type very fast due to their work. knowing how to work the keyboard without looking at it increases your speed tremendously. this is good when you need to type something while looking at something else. my highest speed recorded is around 72wpm. i'd not say it's very fast but fast enough for me. cheers :D
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@SheliaLee (2738)
• United States
30 Jun 08
Yes, I always use the keyboard the proper way. I took several typing classes while in school and if I didn't use the keyboard properly I would make mistakes left and right LOL. I work at home as a medical transcriptionist so I have to make sure I type correctly. I'm not exactly sure how fast I type either, but I think it is between 60 and 70 words per minute. Have a great day!!
@chubibo (295)
• Philippines
30 Jun 08
computer keyboard - use it properly!
yup i'm using the keyboard properly, i had use it properly when im still in my high school days that became a habit.. during one of my job interview, we had a typing exam, to my surprise, i got 44 WPM(words per minute)..i was pretty much amazed. happy posting!
@calajane (1005)
• Poland
30 Jun 08
I know I am not using the keyboard properly or like I was tought to use it. I dont look at the screen and I watch my fingers on the keyboard. Even more, I type with only four fingers at best and not like everybody says with all ten of them. But my typing speed is quite good and I don't make many typos. And it's the end result that matter, right?
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• United States
30 Jun 08
I am using it properly, but I am only typing about, maybe, 60 words per minute. The reason that I do not type faster is that I do not want any errors when I am writing. I care more about errors than the speed at which I am typing. Typing really fast does not matter to me, what matters to me is the message that is being sent to the other person.
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@ptscam (138)
• Portugal
30 Jun 08
I can type really fast, but i got my own way of doing it, i don't use all fingers on the keyboard as i was supposed to use them, but i can manage to have a high rate of key press :) I learned this for my own and without any sort of help or tutorials to learn how to type properly so i developed my own way of doing that. And all the help was only from Online Chat, Online Games, and stuff like that, because on Online Games we must use the chat feature without wasting too much time or we can be killed on a FPS game for example, and sometimes when I was younger i played for a long time on the PC and never moved myself to turn On the lights lol... so i managed to learn how to type without looking at the keyboard :) so i type fast and without looking at the keyboard :) I hope that i can learn the proper way to use the keyboard when i got more time in the future to do that :D but it will be hard to learn when i already know how to do it with another way.
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@agihcam (1915)
• Philippines
30 Jun 08
Proper way should be observed. But for me, keyboard familiarization matters. If you are using your own computer all the time then, the higher the probability that you can type faster. But if it is the first time that you use different size of keyboard, or new to use laptop but expert in using desktop, then I guess it has a different results. I've been following the correct keyboard assignment to my fingers, but it really affect if the keyboard size is different from the one I was familiar with.
@phoenix25 (1543)
• United States
30 Jun 08
I type using the correct typing position. I started doing it in middle school, when I took a typing class. Ironically, I was the slowest typist in my class. Today, I can type as fast as 120 wpm. I used to work at the relay for the deaf and hard of hearing, where you have to type very, very fast, so that is where I learned to type so fast. Normally, when I am just typing on line or doing homework, I type anywhere from 60 to 100 wpm.
@twallace (2675)
• United States
29 Jun 08
Yes I'm using proper procedure for typing. I took the course in high school and it just stuck with me. I had a typing program to work on my number and symbol keys but i don't use it that much. Most of the time i have to use all of my fingers to type. Trying to use one finger doesn't work that good for me. When I'm looking at the screen and type in the wrong letter or number I can backspace and correct the error while typing. As far as the speed I don't know at the time but I do know that it's at least more that 60wpm. That is with errors. I know that it helps when typing here in mylots. There is a lot that can be done when typing properly. Have a good one.
@tivonshi (110)
• China
29 Jun 08
I'd like to say:definitely YES. I was a Cisco engineer,and now,I am a overseas sales. When I was 15,I participated a "english type match". I won the second prize.I could type 1400+ letters in 5 minutes. Is it fast? I think so.haha~~~ "The proper position of your fingers and teh letters each of your finger should only press",that is very important! maybe you don't think so,but I'll tell you,if you don't have a proper way of using keyboard,maybe you are fast than somebody,but,you are definite slow than somebody who has a proper way.!!!
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@maryannemax (12170)
• Sweden
29 Jun 08
i had been to a typing class when i was in highschool. at first i thought it was crazy to even have it in as one of my subjects. but later on, i realized that i can make use of it. i can type from 80 to 90 words per minute and can do it even when blindfolded. sounds tough but when you get used to the keyboard, you can really do it quick. anne
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