Advanced Topics in Typing and Text Entry

These online tutorials will help you to...

  • Learn proper touch typing technique.
  • Learn how to position your fingers and how to reach each key.
  • Develop proper ergonomics, so you can work more comfortably and avoid injury.
  • Explore alternate ways to input text into the computer, including speech recognition and assistive technology.

The information presented in this web site is relevant for all computer users of varying ages and skill levels in different work, school or home environments.

For the purposes of these tutorials and training on this web site, the terms 'keyboarding' and 'typing' are used in the broadest sense possible. Text entry into the computer has typically been achieved through the use of a regular (qwerty) keyboard, pressed with all fingers, or in the case of most people, with a slow 'hunt and peck' method.

However, in this information age, where computers and mobile devices are commonplace in schools, workplaces and homes, the 'standard' computer input systems of the past are fast being joined by many new, different and interesting systems and methods. Keyboarding and typing does NOT only mean regular typing on the regular keyboard any more. The astounding proliferation of different keyboards and devices with a wide range of ergonomic designs, layouts and functions provide many more options depending on user preference or skill. New programs for improving your efficiency and rate are being developed constantly. Other alternate and different keyboards for individuals with different physical abilities make possible new opportunities for computing.

These tutorial pages present up-to-date, useful and practical information to assist you in finding the best input method and improving your overall text entry skills, regardless of the input method or type of keyboard or device you may use.