2What is Keyboarding? The ability to enter text by using the correct fingers without looking at the keys (aka-touch typing).Having adequate keyboarding skills will enable youto use the computer more effectively and be moreproductive.We will continue to practice and develop your skills;as well as, improve your speed and accuracy.
3The Keyboard LayoutThe central portion that consists of the alphanumeric keysA smaller section to the right contains the numeric keypadA small set of function and directional keys between the letters and the numeric keypadA row of function keys across the top used for computer commands
4The Keyboard Arrangement The most common arrangementof keyboards is the QWERTYkeyboard.
5Technique Maintain good posture Keep your body centered with the G/H keysKeep your wrists low but not touching the keyboard or tableUse correct fingering based on the home row keys keeping fingers curved and uprightKey at a steady paceKeep your copy at your sideKeep your eyes on your copyStay on task and have a positive attitude toward improving your technique
6ErgonomicsThe science of designing equipment and workspace for a comfortable and safe working environment.Well, maybe not quite this comfy.
7Ergonomic Tips Top 1/3 of monitor should be at eye level Elbows & knees should be positioned at degreesSit up straight, but relaxedFeet should be supportedSit at least 24 inches away from the monitorWrists should be in a neutral position while typing or using the mouseTake frequent breaksAvoid glare on the computer screen
8Body Position Sit up straight, rear to the back of the seat Face keyboard with body centeredSit at a comfortable distance from the keyboardFeet flat on the floor, slightly apart
9Arm Position Hang elbows naturally near the sides of the body Hold forearms parallel to the slant of the keyboardAlign keyboard with the edge of the desk
10Hand Position Fingers curved and upright Tips of fingers lightly touching keysHands are still while fingers reachWrists and palms are low, off the keyboard
11Carpal Tunnel Syndrome What is CTS?It is the entrapment of the median nerve in the carpal tunnel.CTS occurs due to the swelling of the median nerve or the tendons of the wrist.What causes CTS?It occurs from using the computer for hours without properbody posture and improper techniques.What are the symptoms of CTS?Pain- tingling – numbness inthe thumb, index, and middlefingers – weakness and swellingof the wrist and hand
12DeQuervain’s Disease DeQuervain’s Disease is an overuse injury of the thumb extensor tendons. It often occurs fromrepetitive tapping of the space bar.
13Eyes Off of the keyboard at all times. Either on the screen or what you are typing from.
14Keystroking Hold anchors while reaching to the upper and lower keys Fingers are slightly curved over home row positionMake quiet, direct reaches with quick return to home rowMaintain an even keystroking pace
15Correct Fingering Key each key with the correct finger Notice diagonal design of the keyboard
16Homerow Keys A S D F J K L ; a s d f j k l ; Left Pinky Left Ring Left MiddleLeft IndexRight IndexRight MiddleRight RingRight PinkyThumbs
17Spacing Key the space bar with the thumb of the right hand Sweeping motion, into the palm of the right hand
18Line Spacing Review Standard Paper Size: 8 ½ x 11 inches There are 66 lines per page.Six lines equals one vertical inch.Line Spacing: the spacingbetween lines of textSingle Spacing (SS)-Enter one timeDouble Spacing (DS)-Enter two timesTriple Spacing (TS)-Enter three timesQuadruple Spacing (QS)-Enter four times
19Shift Shift with the correct finger Hold shift key down while striking key with the opposite handImmediately return finger to home row after releasing shift
20Return/Enter Use little finger of right hand to strike the enter key Immediately return finger to home row after releasing enterKeep j finger anchored
21A quote to leave you with… “I am trying to get the hang of this new fangled writingmachine, but I am not making a shining success of it.However, this is the first attempt I ever have made,and yet I perceive that I shall soon & easily acquire a finefacility in its use…One chiefly needs swiftness in bangingthe keys…”(Mark Twain’s first typewritten letter. December 9, 1874)