Proper Keyboarding Technique B101 Introduction to Keyboarding
Proper keyboarding technique includes: • Correct Posture • Correct Arm and Hand Position • Correct Keystroking Technique
Posture • Spine straight leaning slightly forward • Centered in front of keyboard • Comfortable distance from keyboard • Feet on floor, slightly apart
Arm and Hand Position • Arms relaxed; elbows naturally close to body • Forearms nearly parallel with slope of keyboard
Wrists and Fingers • Fingers curved, tips of fingers resting lightly on keys • Wrists low, but palms of hands not resting on the keyboard • Hands and wrists "quiet," almost motionless
Proper Keystroking Technique • Use the tips of your fingers to operate the assigned keys • Use a circular, pecking motion (down and inward)
IF YOU DO THIS . . . • You will type faster. • You will make fewer mistakes. • You will be able to type longer without getting as tired. • It will be less likely that you will have health problems with your hands and wrists.
Shift questions • Why are there two shift keys? • One for each side of the board. So you can capitalize more effectively. • Which shift key is used to make capital letters on the left side of the keyboard? • The right shift key • Which shift key is used to make capital letters on the right side of the keyboard? • The left shift key
How many space??? • How many spaces do you use at the end of a sentence? • Ex: Jane went to the store. She bought some milk • Ans: 2 • How many spaces do you use after a period in the middle of initials? • Ex: Jessica A. Monticello • Ans: 1 • How many spaces do you after a period in the middle of an abbreviation • Ex: i.e. • Ans: none
When do we use a comma? • We use commons to connect two ideas: • EX: I went to the park, it was fun. • Or to separate words in a list: • I went to the store and bought apples, bananas, cereal, and chips. • We put 1 space after a common
Learn Caps Lock • We use Caps Lock if we want everything we type to be capitalized. • Ex: MRS. MONTICELLO • We do not use caps lock when we are capitalizing one letter.
Learn ? • We use a ? to end a sentence that is a question. • Ex: How old are you?
Learn Tab • We use the tab key to indent paragraphs or lists. • It is also used to moved from cells in tables
Learn Backspace • We use the backspace key to delete text, to go “back” on our errors or to make changes.