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Streamlining your movement on the keyboard

In the animal kingdom, every physical detail serves a purpose and helps to make an animal more efficient.

The smooth overlapping scales of a fish help him to propel through water with minimal resistance. The sleek muscle and skeletal structure of a cheetah help her to race powerfully across the savannah.

The key to efficiency for these animals is streamlined movement, thanks to the special features of their own bodies.

Can you think of another activity that requires streamlined movement for efficiency?

You bet: typing!

Just like animals use their own unique features to move efficiently, you can apply this concept to typing by using the natural dexterity of your fingers.

The basic idea is to only use the necessary finger to reach for and strike each key.

Believe us, it’s much more efficient than moving your entire hand away from the home row and then fumbling around trying to rediscover the proper hand placement.

How to put this into practice

When typing a letter above or below the Home Row, only move that one finger, and always return to the Home Row. 

Always keep your fingers resting on the Home Row! One finger moves but always comes right back. Do not let the other fingers wander.

Like with learning any skill or technique, this can feel a bit confusing or awkward at first. But, with practice you’ll see how much faster you can type this way, rather than moving your entire hand for a single key.

Typing may not be as wild as the activities we see in the animal kingdom, but it sure is a valuable way to use our own human design features. Thank goodness for fingers!

If you keep practicing this technique, you’re sure to improve your speed and efficiency, and that leaves more time for fun stuff, like watching videos of animals using their own awesome physical features.

National Geographic, anyone?

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4 thoughts on “Streamlining your movement on the keyboard

  1. I learned to type on manual typewriters in the 1970’s and it wasn’t quite as possible to do that as it is on the modern “light touch” keyboards.

    That said, learning on a manual typewriter had an interesting advantage. You have to type much harder than you do on an electric (or computer) and that harder press-action really reinforces your muscle memory.

    I do use the “move finger only” method described in the article nowadays, but that’s likely because I’ve been on computer keyboards since the early 1980’s. It is definitely faster that way; in my last test I was just over 100 wpm.

  2. I get into trouble with the upper most row with the symbols and numbers. What is the fingering for that?
    While I am at it, I cannot see all the advance lessons because I have been unable to make that square scroll. Advice?
    Thank you for the program; very much appreciated.

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