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Keyboarding is an essential skill that all children and adults should master. In school, students need keyboarding skills to perform research, type reports, take tests, and complete other activities on computers. Children are often introduced to keyboarding techniques and correct finger placement in kindergarten and are often able to exhibit keyboarding competency by high school.

Computer Keyboarding Resources

Great typing skills can make a difference in a professional environment.

The Importance of Typing Skills

Today, efficient keyboard and computer operation is also a necessary skill for the majority of occupations. With the widespread use of computers in homes, schools, and businesses, it's more important than ever to learn proper keyboarding techniques and to operate the keys with speed and a high level of accuracy.

By having adequate keyboarding skills, adults can open up a much larger market for themselves when choosing a career. Many fields require intensive keyboarding skills, including careers in journalism, paralegal work, transcription, administration, and language arts. Many employers even put potential candidates through rigorous typing tests.

Learning the Lingo

Learning basic keyboarding and computer terms can help you on your way to mastering typing. The keyboard is the primary text input device and contains standard function keys, such as arrow keys, control keys, shift, the escape key, tab, and letters and numbers. The mouse is a pointing device that allows you to tell the computer what to do. The mouse moves an indicator on a computer screen known as a cursor, which identities the point that will be affected by input from the user.

Here, you'll find some other important lingo that can help strengthen your keyboarding skills.

Alt Key

Alternate (Alt) Key

When pressed at the same time as another key, the Alt key gives the second key an alternative function.

Arrow Keys

Arrow Keys

Designed to move the cursor in a specific direction.

Backspace Key

Backspace

Causes the cursor to move backwards.

Caps Lock Key

Caps Lock

Capitalizes letters when locked.

Control (Ctrl) Key

Control (Ctrl) Key

Alters the function of another key if both are pressed at the same time.

Delete Key

Delete

Removes characters and other objects, generally to the right of the insertion point.

Enter/Return Key

Enter/Return

Causes the insertion point to move down to the next line.

Escape (Esc) Key

Escape (Esc) Key

Exits a dialog box or software menu.

Function Keys

Function Keys

Used by software to assign a particular function.

Home Keys

Home Keys

Keys that act as a base position for one's fingers in touch-typing.

Service Keys

Service Keys

Keys used to perform special functions on a computer.

Shift Key

Shift Key

Makes capital letters and certain symbols when used in combination with other keys.

Space Bar

Space Bar

Inserts a space between words and sentences.

Tab Key

Tab Key

Moves the insertion point to the next tab stop.

Keyboard Keys Detailed References

Once you have memorized the keyboard layout, a basic understanding of keyboard functionality can help to improve your efficiency. These detailed references provide information about keyboard parts, Internet terminology and more.

Keyboarding Basics

Proper posture is essential when sitting at a computer for extended periods of time. Due to the repetitive movements associated with typing, those who use a computer for long stretches are at risk for carpel tunnel syndrome, a common injury of the wrist caused by excessive pressure on the median nerve. When facing your computer, sit with your spine straight, your shoulders in line with your hips, and your arms forming right angles at the elbows. Your fingers should be relaxed as you type with your wrists loose. Take frequent breaks while typing to adjust your position if needed. It may be necessary to rearrange your workstation to ensure that it is ergonomically adequate.

Keyboarding Basics

Over time, improper keyboard technique can cause repetitive stress injuries that require surgical treatment.

Eliminating bad habits, such as typing with only two fingers, can be difficult. It's important to use all ten fingers when typing, with your fingers placed on the home row. Practicing proper finger placement can help you find the correct keys without having to look at the keyboard. Touch-typing is when you can type without having to look down at the keyboard. With practice, you can remember the position of each letter and pick up speed when typing. Using basic keyboard shortcuts can also help to save time when navigating the keyboard. For example, the "Ctrl" and "C" keys are used to copy text when pressed simultaneously. Over time, keyboarding will become second nature and you will be able to type with accuracy and speed.

Computer Keyboard - Tips & Tricks

A few simple tricks can significantly improve your typing speed. These links provide shortcuts, keyboard hardware recommendations and more.

Practice Makes Perfect

The best way to improve your efficiency is to practice typing with correct form. Use these tutorials and keyboard games to improve your skills.

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