Fingers on keys

Placing right finger on the right key on the keyboard plays a very important role in touch typing. Each finger is assigned with three or more keys except for thumb which presses only Space bar.

Home row

The middle row of the keys on the keyboard are referred to as Home row. The eight keys which start from left to right i.e. A, S, D, F, J, K, L, are known as “Home” keys. They are situated in the middle of the keyboard. The four fingers of the left hand are placed on A, S, D, and F  (with the little finger on  A) while the four fingers of the right hand are placed on J, K, L, and ; (with the little finger on ; )

Always hover your fingers over these eight keys and from this position you should type every other letter from the top or bottom rows. You can also type numbers and symbols using the same method.
In the figure given the Home keys are indicated with a circle around them.

Bumps on F and J

On the most keyboard, there are special bumps or nipples on F and J keys to help you position your left and right hand on the keyboard without looking at the keyboard.

Home Row

Top row

 The row just above the home row is called top row. It includes the keys Q, W, E, R, T, Y, U, I, O, P, P, [, ], \ . You have to raise fingers to type letters from the top row.

Top Row

Bottom Row

The just below the home row is called bottom row. It includes the key Z, X, C, V, B, N, M, , . . You have to bring down fingers to type letters from the bottom row.

Bottom Row

home column

Each finger is used for a vertical column of keys, which you may call as a “home column”. Keep in mind that a column is not straight up or down, but rather slopes up to the left or right.

Bottom Row

Pinkies (little fingers)

Although, pinkies are small but are required to perform more in touch typing. The left-hand pinky has to type all keys on the left side of its home column i.e. Escape, Tilde, Tab, Caps Lock, Shift, Ctrl, and other keys. In similar fashion, the right-hand pinky is responsible for all the keys on the left side of its home column.

Thumbs

To press Spacebar, use the right or left thumb if you are right-handed or left-handed respectively. For some people, it does not matter they use the thumb of whatever hand is more convenient for them. The thumbs can also be used for the “Windows” key on PC and “Command” key on Apple computer.

Index fingers

Both index fingers are required to take care of an additional column, the one next to their home columns towards the middle of the keyboard. The F finger is responsible for additional keys i.e. B, G, T, 5 and in similar way J finger is responsible for N, H, Y,6. Just for your information, each index finger is responsible for eight keys on its side. 

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