Updated 2006-10-29 13:54
SummaryThese pages are meant to help you learn to touch-type (type without looking at the keyboard), by memorizing locations of keys in relation to your fingers.
Middle Row HintsWe'll start out simple, remembering the middle key for each finger (aka the middle row, or "home row").
Here is an image of the middle row, including some silly mnemonic devices.
Optionally remember the hintsMnemonic devices often don't need to make much sense in order to be memorable. Remembering the gist of the image and the hints (with the help of the following table) can speed up the memorization process. Click the link, (See /Help if you're confused about the table).
|Letter||Hint for key|
|G||GHOST in middle|
|H||GHOST in middle|
|J||points to left|
|L||points to right|
Don't worry if these hints are vague in your mind. They will come to your aid later.
Groups of Three
Keeping it simpleTo simplify memorization, we'll split the keyboard up into groups of three keys:
We'll also only consider the 3 rows above the spacebar (10 keys each) as pictured above.
Fingers and keysAs you most likely already know, when typing, each finger is responsible for a group of three keys. An exception to this rule are the index fingers - each index finger is responsible for the group under itself as well as the group above the adjacent thumb.
Thus, we'll memorize the letters each finger is responsible for. First we'll memorize the middle row key for each finger, then the other 2 keys for each finger.
Middle row keys, left handYou may want to look over the table for a moment before beginning. Click next to Middle Key and go through the table.
Now, to memorize in reverse, click the above next to Letter.
Middle row keys, right handNow do the same for the right hand.
Remember that the thumb doesn't actually press any keys (other than the spacebar). The index fingers are responsible for the keys above the thumbs (in addition to the keys above themselves).
Three keys for each finger, left handNow that you can recall, we'll memorize whole group of three keys for each finger. This finger-centric approach but has some benefits. Among them are that it will encourage you to mentally envision the keyboard.
Memorize the left column and then the right.