Positioning Yourself for Touch Typing

Positioning Yourself for Touch Typing

Positioning yourself at your desk is an important task. How you position yourself at your desk will determine your comfort while typing. A correct position is important for good health.

Make sure to position properly the following parts of the body.

Sitting

1. Sit on the chair precisely in front of the monitor or LCD screen.
2. When typing, do not move to the right or left.
3. A correct position on the chair will not make you tired.

Shoulders

1. Make sure that shoulders are at rest.
2. Raising them will make you tired very quickly and can cause severe shoulder problems.

Elbows

1. Keep elbows close to your body.
2. When touch typing, do NOT rest elbows on armrests.
3. Let your shoulders support elbows and arms.

Fingers

1. Curve your fingers but not too much. You will need to raise your fingers to type from the top row and bring them down to type from the bottom row.
2. In the case of a laptop computer, you may need to raise more because the keys on a laptop are closer together, and the keyboard itself is flatter.

Wrists

1. The wrists should be flat.
2. Do not bend them, and make sure there is a straight line from the knuckles of your middle fingers to your elbows.

Feet

1. The feet should be flat on the floor.
2. Do not cross your legs.
3. Erecting forward or keeping them under the chair will result in pain.

Conclusion

To conclude, in today’s article, we have discussed how to position ourselves while touch typing. Positioning is an important task because it determines your comfort while typing. A correct position is also momentous for good health.

First properly adjust your settings such as sitting on a chair in front of the LCD and not moving to the left or right. Secondly, make sure your shoulders are at rest. Raising them will deplete you and can cause severe shoulder problems. Likewise, keep elbows close to your body and don’t reset them on armrests. The shoulders should support elbows and arms.

Similarly, fingers, wrists, and feet also need proper positioning. So let’s cut to the chase, curve your fingers but not too much. Also, keep your wrists flat and do not bend them. Lastly, keep your feet flat on the floor and don’t cross your legs.

This article is taken from the book Learn Touch Typing in 12 Simple Lessons. This book contains typing lessons, tips and ticks for learning and improving typing skills. 

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