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post #31 of 51
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That DVORAK keyboard concept is interesting. I think it would be easier to use than the QWERTY one. But it sure would be weird to retrain yourself to use it that way.
post #32 of 51
I type the "normal" way, except if Toby is "helping" me. Way back when I was in highschool (yes, I first learned on a manual typewriter), I made sure all of my brothers took beginning typing. I just knew it would come in handy some day! Little creeps have never even said "thank you!" All of their handwriting was so horrible, I did charge them for typing their papers
post #33 of 51
Over the years I've learned to type fast. Well fast in my eyes. about 110 wpm. but since 1990 I've been doing almost exclusively computer work, and including writing lines of code. I was able to write code fluently, like we write text. It was pretty cool. But I've since lost that ability.

I also make a lot of errors. But I type fast so I don't pay attention to most of them. I'll use the world their instead of there, hear rather than here etc. It's not a grammatical error either, it's do to just going to fast. I mean it IS grammar, and it IS an error, but I know the difference. but when you type fluently you find that your brain knows the word but the fingers don't always type it Most of your typing is muscle memory, you dont think in letters, it's words
post #34 of 51
I type somewhere between the two. I had to learn to type very quickly for a job. My fingers aren't in the traditional correct positions, but I never look at the keyboard. Had an employer call this method of typing "keyboarding".
post #35 of 51
oh also, I've tried the dvorak and I'm too lazy to retrain myself. If I was really looking for speed I'd probably do taht. And Bonnie I'm just like you, my hands are nowhere near the right position and I'm betting a real typing instructor would puke if they watched which fingers hit which keys on my keyboard
post #36 of 51
I fall in between "hunt and peck" and the proper way , "lift and look". I type around 34-35 wpm. If I am free typing like here, I don't have to look quite as much but when keying in a doc. its harder for me. I don't have the knack for just looking at the doc. and not the keyboard. But I am taking a doc. processing class so I will get better.
post #37 of 51
I hunt and search and peck and poke, I pretty much am a lousy typer I am so slow I hate to type, my posts are mostly very short because of it.
I type about 3-5 words a minute Thats really not funny tho
post #38 of 51
I touch type though accuracy may not be the best. Sometimes my brain thinks faster than my hands can type. Makes for some interesting typos.
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... I made sure all of my brothers took beginning typing. I just knew it would come in handy some day! Little creeps have never even said "thank you!"
Mom made sure her little brother took a typing class in high school. He wasn't happy as it lowered his GPA (big hands meant he didn't get an A ) but he later thanked her when he could type his own field reports instead of having to wait for a secretary to do them.
post #39 of 51
Touch-typing here. Transcribing dictation from a dictaphone increased my typing speed incredibly. My daughter will talk to me while I'm typing and I'll be looking at her as I type away - she says it annoys her that I can do that.
post #40 of 51
I'm kinda of in the middle, I use both hands and most of the fingers on them , but I have to look at at the keyboard as I type. What I do when I'm typing up a paper or something is I read a line and then type it from memory- I've gotten some of my best re-wording this way When I'm typing on here, I just look at the keyboard and type what I'm thinking!
post #41 of 51
It depends what you mean by the "proper" way. I learned how to type before I took any computer classes, by using the internet. However this was back when I had a computer with no graphics (no Windows etc) and I was mostly using it for games and to go on MOOs which is a sort of a cross between virtual reality and chat rooms. To speak to people in the room you had to type quotation marks. I had to learn to type more quickly in order to keep up with the conversations (before that I was strictly hunt-and-peck.) So my "home keys" are shift and the quotation mark key, this is where my hands automatically go when in between typing things (without my thinking about it.) I can type VERY fast now, in fact I am a faster typist than my brother who is a computer programmer/internet security adviser. The only time I ever look at the keyboard is if I somehow get shifted over on the keyboard and start typing nonsense like gwkki instead of hello.
When I took a computer class in high school, they taught the typical instruction of "home keys" (IIRC it's ASDF JKL and the teacher tried to get me to use these. However she gave up quickly when she realized how fast I could type already! I remember one of my friends sat next to me in the class and she would complain that my "speed typing" was too loud and distracted her.
post #42 of 51
After I learned how to "keyboard" for the job mentioned previously, I got into chatting in chat rooms. This has been years ago (miss the old chats!). That is where I got speed Had to learn to type fast just to keep up with the scroll!
post #43 of 51
I learned to type one summer in high school. I actually typed that "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" sentence many times on a manual - yes, manual - typewriter. A keyboard is a piece of cake for me (hence my long posts). Dh types very fast as well. I think that we do about 60 - 70 wpm. Comes with working with computers all your professional career.

Ben took keyboarding in 3rd grade and I think that he now may type faster than us.

BTW, my Aunt Lotty was an executive secretary for a VP at Ciba Geigy and she could type 120 wpm on a manual or electric typewriter.
post #44 of 51
I taught myself how to type in Junior High, and I actually got quite good at the "improper way". Then I took a typing class my senior year of high school and had to learn all over again. I will say, it's much easier now, but there's NO way I'm trying that new keyboard...I'm too old to learn new tricks! I agree though that the mind types "words" and not letters. I'm fine typing just words but my fingers get confused sometimes and still type "saw" for "was", etc. Now, give me those screwy spam protector passwords (you know...Kdu3z9t) and it is DEFINITELY a hunt and peck thing! I'm not good with numbers though...I do usually have to look at them as I type but I'm getting better.
post #45 of 51
That's another thing that I am weird about. I learned 10-key by touch so never use the number keys above the letters. I always use the keypad!
post #46 of 51
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Originally Posted by Bonnie1965 View Post
That's another thing that I am weird about. I learned 10-key by touch so never use the number keys above the letters. I always use the keypad!
I'm getting better at using the keypad on the right. At work we have to type every phone number of every person we talk to so I can "almost" do it without looking. Of course, then I go to use the phone and have to rearrange my head. Can't they get on the same page???
post #47 of 51
I type normally and can type 60-80 wpm, depending on what I'm typing. I can actually type faster and with less mistakes if I'm typing what I read. If I just type off the top of my head I still type fairly quickly, but I make more mistakes. Not many, but when I'm copying printed words I'm super fast and don't make mistakes. Weird, huh?
post #48 of 51
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Originally Posted by calico2222 View Post
I'm getting better at using the keypad on the right. At work we have to type every phone number of every person we talk to so I can "almost" do it without looking. Of course, then I go to use the phone and have to rearrange my head. Can't they get on the same page???

When I was working customer service for a catalog company and had to punch in phone numbers, addresses, & CC numbers all day long, I trained myself to use the number keypad b/c it was a lot easier than trying to use the numbers at the top of the keyboard. And a lot quicker, too.

I don't use the number keypad as much now though, b/c I don't use it as much when I'm online.

And you're right, Calico. It sure would be nice if the numbers were all arranged in the same way on phones, computers, and calculators. I'm sure some Harvard genius somewhere was in charge of that -- probably the same person who decided to put the barcode on the bottom of packages so the poor cashiers have to break their backs when they're scanning groceries & such..
post #49 of 51
I'm that loud irritating person that sounds like they are beating up the keyboard. I do type very fast though!
post #50 of 51
I don't type hunt and peck, but I also don't keep my fingers on home row all the time..I find that annoying. I just know where the letters are on the keyboard, and type quite quickly..but I don't think its the proper way to type.
post #51 of 51
I agree I don't really keep my fingers on home row either. I mean they are in the general location but thats about. I don't get why there has to be a proper way to type. As long as I am relatively fast and with few to no errors why does it matter if I do it the proper way.
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