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 future health.

Make sure to position the following properly.

Sitting

Sit on the chair exactly in front of the monitor or LCD screen. When typing, don’t move to right or left. A correct position on the chair will not make you tired.

Head

Erect your head and look straight to screen. Tilting your head forwards will put a stress on your neck. Remember, a poor head position can result in headaches.

Shoulders

Make sure that shoulders are at rest. Raising them up will make you tired very quickly and can cause serious shoulders problems.

Elbows

Keep elbows close to your body.

Fingers

Curve your fingers but not too much you will need to raise your fingers to type from top rows and bring down to type from bottom row. In 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

The wrists should be flat. Don’t bend them and make sure there is a straight line from the knuckles of your middle fingers to your elbows.

Feet

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

Our book, Learn Touch Typing in 12 Simple Lessons provides more tips and tricks to learn or improve touch typing skills.

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