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Posted: 1/24/2006 3:49:03 PM EST
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 3:50:23 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/24/2006 3:51:19 PM EST by ctprelude]
Touch type, but then again I'm only 22. We had keyboarding as a requirement in middle school.
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 3:51:23 PM EST
My kids are learning. My little boy in Kindergarden types faster than my husband. I was once clocked at 126 WPM on a keyboard. I have no idea though how fast I type. Generally faster than the monitor can respond.
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 3:51:57 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/24/2006 3:52:20 PM EST by FieroLoki]
2 finger typer.....I cant touch type except 10-key....
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 3:52:53 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/24/2006 3:53:30 PM EST by AKJonny]
I don't hunt and peck, but I don't really "touch type" in the sense that I keep my fingers planted on the "correct" keys. I just sorta know the layout of my keyboard. I manage about 95wpm.
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 3:54:12 PM EST
I just go with it. I always say that ARFCOM learned me how to type.
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 4:00:28 PM EST
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 4:02:56 PM EST
Touch typist. I once tested at 100 WPM with either hand, one-handed. Two hands was over 150 WPM.

My oldest daughter went from 0 to more than 100 WPM in less than 90 days when she was seven. There is a simple technique for learning.
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 4:04:11 PM EST
Got a Vic-20 in 1984. Took typing in jr. high and high school. I don't think i've looked at the keyboard in 15 years when i type.
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 4:06:50 PM EST
I hunt and peck but I can do it at a no-shit 50 words per minute.
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 4:11:16 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/24/2006 4:12:41 PM EST by Admiral_Crunch]
I type with about four fingers, and I just know where the keys are. Kind of a hunt & peck on steroids. I think I manage about 35 words a minute.

I write programs and use Crystal Reports all day. Not much need for "touch typing". Too many symbols and not much in the way of sentences.

However, I can type numbers on the keypad very fast and without looking at the keyboard. Learned that doing data entry.
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 4:14:44 PM EST
Hunt and peck... and I can do it without looking at the monitor.
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 4:17:00 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/24/2006 4:17:57 PM EST by Bob243]
kinda a mix of both.. I think i use two fingers on my left and four on the right to type very "unconventional" eta no hunting though, still look at the screen
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 4:20:02 PM EST
I've always been able to type at around 80wpm. Natural talent I guess.
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 4:28:28 PM EST
Self-taught. You type enough and one day you realize that you are not looking at the keyboard anymore.
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 4:30:28 PM EST
By "touch typist" I'll assume you mean there is no need to look at the key board... In that case, I am.

I didn't like the way I was being taught how to do it - I always had to break my fingers to get them into place on the proper keys. I ended up being able to type fast by simply using the keyboard often enough and I know where the keys are, I just don't keep my fingers on the specified keys.

I have no idea how many WPM I can type but I'd say it's around 60-70 depending on how long I've been away from the PC.
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 4:30:58 PM EST
When I grew up, any self repecting man would hire a woman to do
such work.

I now have adult children that thankfully, didn't learn from their father
the art of communicating through their typed words.

They amaze me with their skill.

The sad thing is, I can't really engage anybody in a good conversasion on this forum
because my lack of typing skills.


Link Posted: 1/24/2006 4:31:59 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/24/2006 4:32:19 PM EST by Kharn]
My parents sent me to typing class one summer during elementary school, back in like 91-93 timeframe. I've blazed along at ~80wpm ever since, my coworkers know when I get really into writing an email since all they'll hear is the clatter of my keyboard.

Link Posted: 1/24/2006 4:35:36 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/24/2006 4:36:10 PM EST by www-glock19-com]
basicly self taught hunt and peck
I can do about 35-40 WPM hunt and peck
I type really loud and hard so my coworkers laugh at me
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 6:01:32 PM EST
I took a semester of keyboarding in jr high, but I didn't like it, and by the end, I was only doing 60wpm or so. I'm about about 80wpm now, I use kind of a modified touch-type system. I use all my fingers, and my fingers start in the right position, but I tend to move my whole hand around on the keyboard. They both move to the right pretty quickly, and they only go back to the left when i need keys on the far left of the keyboard. I also type MUCH more accurately on my own keyboard - an original 1984 IBM Model M. The keys travel farther and have the old audible "click".
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 6:09:20 PM EST
Learned typing in highschool on an IBM selectric typewritter.

Link Posted: 1/24/2006 10:02:55 PM EST
Touch type... gotta keep up if you're going to argue on the intarweb.

I usually type about 65-70 wpm, and knew 10-key fluently when I worked at the bank.. not so much anymore.
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 10:10:04 PM EST

Originally Posted By goodmedicine:
When I grew up, any self repecting man would hire a woman to do
such work.

I now have adult children that thankfully, didn't learn from their father
the art of communicating through their typed words.

They amaze me with their skill.

The sad thing is, I can't really engage anybody in a good conversasion on this forum
because my lack of typing skills.


Bahhh..... This is ARFCOM ! You don't gotta have spelling or grammar here !

Your post was probably more elloquent and grammatically correct than 80%+ of all posts here, hahaha

Link Posted: 1/24/2006 10:15:17 PM EST

Originally Posted By goodmedicine:
When I grew up, any self repecting man would hire a woman to do
such work.

I now have adult children that thankfully, didn't learn from their father
the art of communicating through their typed words.

They amaze me with their skill.

The sad thing is, I can't really engage anybody in a good conversasion on this forum
because my lack of typing skills.


You can be comfortably cruising at more than 100 words per minute, in 90 days, with only fifteen minutes of practice every day. Here is how.

First, put your fingers on the home keys. Your right index finger goes on J and your left index finger goes on F. The other fingers rest on the remaining keys in that row.

ASDF for the left hand
JKL; for the right hand

Then, make sure that you use the correct fingers for the correct keys.

Left little finger -- QAZ
Left ring finger -- SWX
Left middle finger - EDC
Left index finger = RFVTGB

Right Index finger - YHNUJM
Right middle finger - IK,
Right ring finger - OL.
Right Little finger - P;/

Use your right thumb to work the space bar. Use the little finger on each hand to hit the shift key. If you are hitting a key with your left hand, use the right hand to hit the shift key, and vice versa. The easiest way is to just rock your hand to the side a little bit as you hit the shift key with your pinky.

Make sure you stick to this pattern of fingers and keys, even if it is painfully slow at first. It will be painfully slow for up to a week. At the end of that time, you will be able to touch type faster than you can write by hand.

The next step is to practice one particular sentence:

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dogs back.

This sentence contains every letter in the alphabet. If you can learn to type it, you will know where every key is. Just type it for about fifteen minutes every day, and make sure that you can do it at least one word per minute faster than the previous day.

You will be typing 100 WPM in less than 90 days. Because it is a psychomotor skill, once you get the skill you will never lose it.

Link Posted: 1/24/2006 10:51:07 PM EST
I am not good at it, but I touch type... backspace, correct, etc.

I can't see well enough to hunt and peck, or I probably would.
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 10:55:08 PM EST
Im a very fast pecker.
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 11:04:25 PM EST
I used to type a lot faster when I was writing alot. When I stated code editing and scripting I got into some bad habits. I am down from about 75wpm to around 45wpm.
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 11:18:19 PM EST
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 11:27:43 PM EST
I learned by myself and still have the bad habits to show for it. I still have to look at the keys, I type with only my two middle fingers, but i can put down 90+ WPM. Knowing i only use my middle fingers, Noone believes i can type that fast till they see it. I just did what came naturally trying to keep up in chat rooms, back in the day. I was real slow for a long time.
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 12:13:19 AM EST
I took 'keyboard word processing' in the '88/'89 school year of high school. It was a first semester class, half a year. I learned to type and some other basic skills. I know I was over 70 words per minute because we used to race.

That is the first and last time I had anything to do with computers until about 1999 or 2000 when my wife bought a computer. That's a good 10 years to forget everything I learned. It sucks. I use both hands and do pretty good but I have to look at the keyboard. I want to start from scratch and learn again but I don't know where to start.

Funny thing about back in school. Computers were nothing like they are now. There was no mouse. The printer used that green striped paper with the holes on both sides that was perforated into sections like toilet paper. The screen was like black with green letters if I remember correct. The program or what ever I used everyday to do my typing was on a floppy type disc that was like a vinyl record about 4" square.

My Grandpa told me to stick with computers, they were the way of the future, he was right. Maybe if I would have listened to him I would be better off in life than I am now. I just couldn't see at that time what a black screen with some flashing numbers on it was worth other than to type someone a letter on funny paper. He was smart.
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 5:56:21 AM EST

Originally Posted By vito113:
I regard 'Touch Typing' as an unmanly trait..


Lots of the people I know who touch type take home $100K+ to soothe their battered manly ego.
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 7:01:21 AM EST
I learned to type extremely fast (although with a larger number of typos) by playing coutner strike before the voice comms were introduced. You have to learn to type VERY fast when your life is on the line! Like "LOOKOUT BEHIND YUO!"
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 7:03:14 AM EST
Touch typist. Learned in Jr. High (took a class in it at my mom's insistence), didn't use it for years but it all came back to me when I got to college.

No kids.
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 7:05:09 AM EST
High-Speed hunt-n-peck.
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 7:07:30 AM EST
I type pretty fast, use all 10 fingers, but the way I type drove my typing teacher nuts. My hands move all over the keyboard and I don't use the 'right' finger to access each key.

But it works for me and I don't have to look down when I type.
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 7:17:10 AM EST
What's touch typing?

I use both hands and all my fingers like I was taught in typing class in high school. Don't have a clue at my speed though. That as a sophmore, so it should have been the 1975/76 school year. I didn't type on a regular basis until I got this computer in Dec. 00. But I've really improved since then.
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 7:35:31 AM EST
I touch type correctly except I use my left index for "C", my right middle for "." and I always use the left shift key.
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 7:42:48 AM EST
Nobody really knows how fast I can type. Most people that have seen me type claim that I have a superhuman ability though. *shrug* I need to get me one of those typing test things to see how fast I can really type. I'm betting 200+
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 1:31:45 PM EST
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 2:43:33 PM EST

Originally Posted By cmjohnson:
If you're not sure if you are a true "touch typer" or not, the answer is yes if you know the answers to these questions:

The home row is which keys?

In the home position, which keys have fingers over them?

State any four basic keystroke exercises you used to learn touch typing?

What is the significance of the little bumps found on the F and J keys?

If you know the answers, you're a touch typist in the "educated" sense.


I dont know the answers. I can only tell the general vacinity of each key without looking at the keys, meaning I don't know which keys are next to U or D or anything, yet I can type 80+ wpm without looking at the keys. Strange, I know.
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