The Basic yet Most Imp. PC Habits which people tend to forget.
In the initial phase, it may seem difficult to type using all your ten fingers and without looking onto the keyboard but believe me once you master this you'll be amazed by how easily you'll be able to do your daily computer tasks. And who knows maybe this skill may help you meet whatever minimum typing speed eligibility for your future job role. Or, maybe you plan to participate in the keyboard championship. For whatever reason having a good keyboard typing speed will always help you in your whole life in one way or the other.
I'll share some of the best tactics using which you'll be able to improve your typing skills as well as know other useful computer etiquettes.
So let's begin...
Typing with all fingers
First and foremost get closer to the keyboard and look carefully, you will see that there are small bumps only on the letters F and J. They are there so that you can easily put all your fingers at the correct places without even looking at the keyboard, i.e., by placing the index finger of your left hand to the letter F and the index finger of your right hand to the letter J and then you'll see all your other three fingers of both hands rest on the other keys in order, by default. Both of your thumbs rest on the space bar.
As far as regards accessing other keys follow the chart below.
This is what I call the most basic and important principle. Never try to patch quickly in the first place, well at least while you are trying to learn basic typing skills. The important thing is to write correctly. If you type fast but in the end, your work produces many errors then there is no point in typing fast in the first place. Moreover, this is actually a bad habit which will keep on increasing with no positive results.
Take your time, be patient
Do not rush to write with all of the 10 fingers at once, learn to grasp all the letters gradually, then proceed to write with your 10 fingers. As explained, writing correctly is more important than writing faster with errors.
- One of the best ways to learn fast is by using Typing Master software. With numerous lessons and cool typing games, you'll be amazed to see how interestingly you'll be able to grab the typing skill fast. I too learned from typing master when I was in school and I never thought this will help in my everyday life. Thanks to practicing on this software I now never feel the need to look to the keyboard like a newbie again and again and in fact, I am able to complete all computer-related tasks very easily including fulfilling my passion and hobby to write informative article for my blog with much ease.
Be sure to use keyboard abbreviations
The designers, who are sure that your ten fingers will be on the keyboard, have created shortcuts so that you don't lift your hands every now and then to grab the mouse for various small or quick actions. However, it is up to us to learn and use these keyboards' shortcuts. There are so many shortcuts that you don't have to remember them all, however, do make a habit of at least remembering those which are required in your day-to-day work. With this habit you'll notice that as time passes, things will get much easier.
Some of the most basic shortcuts are:
- Ctrl + C = copy
- Ctrl + V = paste
- Ctrl + X = cut
- Ctrl + Z = undo
- Ctrl + S = save
- Ctrl + F = search word
- Ctrl + A = select all
- Shift + Right-Left Arrow = mark the next letter
- Ctrl + Shift + Right-Left Arrow = mark the next word
- Ctrl + Tab = switch between tabs
- Ctrl + T = open new tab
- Ctrl + W = close tab
- Ctrl + Shift + Tab = re-open the closed tab
- Ctrl + N = open a new search window page
Proper sitting position
In order not to get up from a computer with a headache and a numb body, keep your back straight while sitting. Sit in a comfortable position with the arms and allow the keyboard to reach the appropriate distance. Prefer a comfortable seat.
Ideally, the monitor should be at eye level. It is also sometimes necessary to tilt the monitor forward or backward to ease the strain on the neck and eyes.
Also, maintain a proper distance between yourself and the computer screen. I don't need to tell you that keeping the screen to close to your eyes is harmful. In fact, every 30 minutes you need to rest your eyes and every 30-60 minutes you should do a little warm-up for the tired muscles of the hands, neck, and back.
If the screen reflects sun glare, then close the curtains or change the position.