Colonel Gray High School

General Resources

Keyboarding Tips

What do I do when I forget the location of a key?

When you forget the location of a previously learned key, you should consult the text/wall chart/software keyboard illustration, rather than looking down at the actual keyboard.

Body Posture:

• spine straight against back of chair leaning slightly forward from the waist

• centered in front of keyboard (directly in front of “J” key)

• sitting a comfortable distance from keyboard

• feet on the floor (if possible), slightly apart for body balance

Correct arm and hand position:

• arms relaxed

• elbows close to body

• forearms nearly parallel with slope of keyboard

• fingers curved, tips of fingers resting lightly on keys

• hands close enough together to “lock” thumbs

• fingers upright–not leaning toward little fingers

• hands and wrists “quiet”, almost motionless

• wrists low, but palms of hands not resting on the keyboard

Correct Keystroking:

• beginning and ending all keystrokes at home row position

• keying each key with the correct finger

• keying the space bar with the thumb of the right hand

• shifting with the appropriate “little” finger

• using the “little” finger of the right hand for the enter or return key

• keeping eyes on copy (text, screen, etc.) rather than the keyboard, once a key has been learned