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A touch typist starts by placing their fingers on the

Position your left hand so that your index finger is on , your middle finger is on , your ring finger is on and your pinky is on Your thumb can rest on the spacebar.

Back in the olden days, most typists were trained to use all their fingers. That’s less of a concern now, leading to all sorts of self-taught typing styles. But as a new study shows, our lack of formal training—and our resistance to using all ten fingers—doesn’t mean we’re proficient typists.

The results showed that even people who peck with one or two fingers per hand can type fast. The data also showed up several trends among successful self-taught typists. For instance, we’re more likely to keep our hands in the same place as we type, instead of waving all over the keyboard. Others used a self-taught approximation of the touch-typing methodology, or had developed curious habits. For instance, some typists used both thumbs to hit the space bar, while others used the caps lock key instea

Not that touch-typing is completely pointless. Feit says that non-touch typists still spend a lot more time looking at the keyboard. Ironically, that’s not really a problem when you’re writing long-form text, because you don’t need to look at the screen at all. But if you’re copy-typing, or doing some other secretarial-style work, you probably still want to learn to touch type.

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