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Touch typing is typing without using the sense of sight to find the keys. Specifically, a touch typist will know their location through muscle memory. Touch typing usually places the eight fingers in a horizontal row along the middle of the keyboard (the home row) and has them reach for other keys. Most computer keyboards have a raised dot or bar on either the F/J keys or the D/K keys (or the keys in the same position, for non-QWERTY keyboards) so that touch-typists can feel them when their fingertips are over the correct home row. Image File history File links Mergefrom. ... Home row is a term that refers to certain keys of the center row of alphabetical letters on a typewriter or computer keyboard. ... Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... This article is about entering text. ... In psychology, visual perception is the ability to interpret visible light information reaching the eyes which is then made available for planning and action. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Procedural memory. ... Home row is a term that refers to certain keys of the center row of alphabetical letters on a typewriter or computer keyboard. ... A 104-key PC US English QWERTY keyboard layout The Dvorak Simplified Keyboard layout A standard Hebrew keyboard showing both Hebrew and QWERTY. A computer keyboard is a peripheral partially modelled after the typewriter keyboard. ... For the song by Linkin Park, see QWERTY (song). ... Home row is a term that refers to certain keys of the center row of alphabetical letters on a typewriter or computer keyboard. ...

Typing zones on a QWERTY keyboard for each finger taken from KTouch
Typing zones on a QWERTY keyboard for each finger taken from KTouch

Touch typing was reputedly invented by Frank Edward McGurrin, a court stenographer from Salt Lake City who taught typing classes. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... For the song by Linkin Park, see QWERTY (song). ... Ktouch is a Free open Source Program that drills in students in the method of touch typing. ... The Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Salt Lake Citys top tourist draw. ...

On July 25, 1888, McGurrin, who was purportedly the only person using touch typing at the time, won a decisive victory over Louis Traub (operating Caligraph with eight-finger method) in a typing contest held in Cincinnati. The results were displayed on the front pages of many newspapers[citation needed]. McGurrin won $500 ($10,820 in 2006) and popularized the new typing method. is the 206th day of the year (207th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the toll-free telephone number see Toll-free telephone number Year 1888 (MDCCCLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (click on link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Friday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Cincinnati, Ohio viewed from the SW, across the Ohio River from Kentucky. ...

Whether McGurrin was actually the first person to touch type, or simply the first to be popularly noticed, is disputed. Speeds attained by other typists in other typing competitions at the time suggest that they must have been using similar systems[1].

The most common other form of typing is "hunt and peck" (or two-fingered typing) which is slower than touch typing because, instead of relying on the memorized position of keys, the typist is required to find each key by sight and move fingers a greater distance. Many idiosyncratic styles in between those two exist – for example many people will type blindly, but using only two to five fingers and not always in a systematic way. The word Wikipedia typed out letter by letter. ... IdiosyncrasyBOOTY!!! comes from Greek ιδιοσυγκρασία a peculiar temperament, habit of body (idios ones own and sun-krasis mixture). It is defined as a structural or behavioral characteristic peculiar to an individual or group. ...

Some of the suggested ways of improving typing speeds in touch typing are: Words per minute, commonly abbreviated wpm, is a measure of input or output speed. ...

  • Ensuring a correct posture
  • Exerting only the correct amount of force required ie. not to bang on the keys
  • Taking frequent breaks to relax and improve accuracy


Learning to touch type

The most important thing in learning to touch type is to remember where the keys are. Typing classes have traditionally had blank keyboards, with a large chart on the wall so those learning to touch type knew where their fingers were supposed to be. This used to force learners to feel the keys and not look at them. However, for a beginner, finger placement and accuracy are more important than not looking at the keys.

The first rule is to know where the home row is, and where one's fingers are supposed to be placed.

The next step is to find a piece of paper with words on it and start typing it. After every key stroke one's fingers must return to the home row.

At first one will type at a slow speed; however, it won't take long to learn where the keys are, and it is then not required to spend as much attention on the keys as the text. At first, attention is split between the original copy and the keyboard; looking at the copy becomes more frequent. As practice and experience continue, one will discover that it is not necessary to look at the keys too much. Typing speed will have increased because each finger types its own key on the keyboard, rather than many fingers for the same key.

Modifications of the touch typing system

In some countries a slightly different system is taught. The left little finger is used for the keys ´ 1 2, the ring finger for 3, the middle - 4, the left index finger is responsible for 5 and 6. On the right side of the keyboard: index - 7 and 8, middle - 9, ring - 0 and the little - all other keys on the right side of the upper row. This modification is important in connection with the ergonomic keyboard, which is split into two parts.

Some specialized high-end computer keyboards are designed for touch typists. For example, Das Keyboard provides blank mechanical keyboards.[1] A trained touch typist should not mind using a blank keyboard. This kind of keyboard may force hunt and peck users to type without looking. Das Keyboard is a high-end computer keyboard with no inscriptions on the keys, that is, the keys themselves are both completely black and completely blank. ... Keyboard construction, in four layers, of a typical notebook computer keyboard There are many types of keyboard, usually differentiated by the switch technology employed in their operation. ...

Alternate fingering positions

Some people, usually PC video gamers, find typing to be more comfortable, and quicker with the left hand returning to the W A S D keys, and the right hand placed in no particular position above the right half of the keyboard. The significance of the W A S D keys, are that they are used for moving, in video games.

See also

Colemak is an alternative computer keyboard layout to QWERTY and Dvorak, designed by Shai Coleman. ... The Dvorak Simplified Keyboard layout. ... Das Keyboard is a high-end computer keyboard with no inscriptions on the keys, that is, the keys themselves are both completely black and completely blank. ... Computers and other typing devices offer many different keyboard layouts, for people to be able to input data in different languages. ... Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing is a software program for teaching touch typing. ... // Proprioception (PRO-pree-o-SEP-shun (IPA pronunciation: ); from Latin proprius, meaning ones own and perception) is the sense of the relative position of neighbouring parts of the body. ... The Typing of the Dead is an arcade game (later ported to the Sega Dreamcast and Microsoft Windows), released in 2000 based on The House of the Dead 2. ... In-game screenshot Typespeed is an Unix game written in C. Its goal is to write as fast as you can the words that appear from the left and slide at an increasing speed to the right. ...


  1. ^ Liebowitz, Stan & Margolis, Stephen E. (1996-06), "Typing Errors", Reason, <http://www.reason.com/news/show/29944.html>. Retrieved on 14 February 2007

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