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Learning to touch type?

Discussion in 'General Software' started by vladtepes, Feb 12, 2018.

  1. vladtepes

    vladtepes Member

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    Can anyone recommend a good free program (downloadable or online) for me to learn to touch type?

    There seem to be a lot out there but no doubt some are good and some awful... :)

    Thanks
     
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    typing of the dead?
     
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    ya lost me there ! ?
     
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    EDIT: stupid youtube autoembedding. skip to 3 minutes
     
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    first thing I thought of.
     
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    Use all fingers, not just two/three/...

    Don't look down until you really can't find the key.

    Type for at least 15min continuously at a time to build muscle memory.

    You'll be set after a week.
     
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    Mavis Beacon was the "go-to" back in the day, if it's still about, get that. (typing is the same as it was in the year dot, except you don't need any finger strength any more)
     
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    it's not a software problem, it's a hardware problem.

    go buy one of these: https://www.daskeyboard.com/model-s-ultimate/

    and you'll learn to type no worries - it's how I did it (10 years ago) with the original Das Keyboard which I still have and still use daily.
     
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    learn vim keybindings, it's more useful
     
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    No, a keyboard will not change me magically to a touch typist by any means.

    I'll go with Tinian's suggestion. Cheers
     
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    find a small ish picture of a keyboard that shows all of the keys and mount it above your monitor.
    So then you look up to see the keys as you type.

    I find I cramp in the fingers for the lower part of the keyboard from Z to ?
     
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    I beg to differ. blank keys is not just a gimmick, they are also much nicer to use keyboards (you here the popularity of the original IBM model-M keyboards - it's because they're nice to type on, not for nostalgia). It's a steep learning curve and there's no fall back (short of swapping the keyboard back), but it forces you into good habits, and your fingers learn the muscle memory needed, because the brain has no other cues to work from.

    The other option I've seen is people placing a blocking screen above the keyboard, same effect - prevents you 'cheating' by looking at the keys. But a keyboard that's nicer to type on helps a lot too.

    I work on a laptop most of the time, and my typing accuracy and thus speed drops significantly because laptops have crap keyboards.

    But good luck in your learning anyway, hunt and pecking is so frustrating.
     
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    That's how a lot of people learnt to type.
     
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    cvidler, my apologies. I failed to notice that keyboard had no letters on it :)

    I do have a decent mechanical keyboard at least.

    I'll promise not to look.... :D
     
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    Biggest thing I tell people, drop your damn wrists.
     
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    if your learning from scratch maybe stay away from qwerty and consider dvorak etc ?

    i play too much video games and is too damn lazy to re learn.. but you will be much faster than qwerty
     
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    Mavis Beacon teaches typing.

    No seriously you can just google touch typing tests and there are literally thousands online you can practice on any day and any time. I did a few tests few weeks ago and get 76-78wpm on average, personal best being 85wpm.
     
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    If you are going to be using computers anywhere else but home where you have to use a shared keyboard you will need QWERTY
     
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