Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 | Computer Usage
Using your thumbs you can possibly type away on the keypad of your cell phone at the speed of lightning. If you can do this you are part of the thumb generation.
Are you as skilled in the use of the keyboard of a computer? Many people peck away with two – and sometimes four – fingers and feel that this is good enough. But you can do better than that when you learn touch typing.
What is touch typing? The name indicates that you use your sense of touch to find your way when you type. You don’t have to look at the keyboard to locate the letters; your fingers will feel their way to find the right ones.
You don’t need a special course to learn touch typing. Free programs – called keyboard tutors – are available on the internet to help you develop this skill. But you need to practise, practise and practise some more and not give up if you find it difficult at first.
Think about how good it will be if you don’t have to look at your hands when you type: you can either look at your notes or another book from which you copy information, or you can look at the screen to see whether you are typing correctly. Touch typing allows you to type much faster and more accurately than you would be able to do otherwise; you will even type faster than you can write by hand.
Keyboard skills, and particularly touch typing, are of the most important skills required to succeed in the twenty-first century. Make time to learn touch typing now and save a lot of time later.