Number pad - lesson one

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The number pad keys are arranged in four columns and five rows. In our first lesson we will cover the 4-5-6-+ row.

When at rest the fingers of the typist's right hand are positioned, lightly, on the 4-5-6-+ keys.


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The 5 key often has a small raised bump on its top, a tactile aid for the typist.

The locations of all the other keys on the number pad are learnt in relation to this home key so the touch-typist must be able to locate the home key by touch.

Using the raised bump on the 5 key as a guide, see if you can correctly place your fingers on the 4-5-6-+ keys without looking at the keyboard. No peeking.

Before you start the exercises make sure you are sitting up straight, your feet flat on the floor. Keep your elbows close to your body, your wrists straight and your forearms level, and remember - take regular breaks.

When you are ready to begin, select an exercise and strike the key requested. Try not to look at the keyboard. It will be difficult at first but as the exercise progresses you will find it becomes easier and your fingers will begin to move without you consciously deciding which finger is associated with which key.

You may find it helpful to quietly say the name of the key as you strike it.

Don't let your mistakes cause you to lose heart, touch typing is a skill that can be learnt by practice.

Repeat each exercise at least three times.