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You should pick up a mechanical board before you even start, this way you can form the muscle memory required not to bottom out the keys very easily
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post #1822 of 14564
There's nothing quite like knowing how to Touch Type. I remember when I was first able to type without looking at the keyboard; it was pretty cool being able to watch the monitor while I typed. Up to that point, I was absolutely unable to do it.

There are many other benefits, but they're all so hard for me to describe.
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post #1823 of 14564
I took a class on touch typing completely on accident in seventh grade. I thought it was a programming class. But I said, "eh, ok, at least this will be an easy A." Probably one of the most beneficial classes of my entire K-12 school career.
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I've known how to type without looking since ~5 thanks to my Apple II.

It's never been a "new" thing to me. But that falls back on the fact that I was learning sentence structure, spelling, math, ect at that point in time (I was at private school 3-5), so my idea of typing was that it was just a required skill that everyone should learn. (like Math/Writing/ect)
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post #1825 of 14564
Lol I have been meaning to learn how to touch type for about 6 years xD At the moment I type with 3 fingers on each hand and have just got my own way of typing. I don't ever look at the keys so I could probably learn to touch type fairly fast if I tried to do it...now I think about it, I really should do given the amount that I do type.

*forces self to touch type from now on* Currently at about 5 words per min! lmao
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post #1826 of 14564
I had trouble touch-typing when I was younger. My school used Windows boxes that have the nubs on the "F" and "J" keys, but the family Apples we had at home either utilized nubs on the "D" and "K" keys or had none. They also had fairly dissimilar layouts (see the original Macintosh Keyboard M0110 and the Apple Keyboard M0116), so while I was still trying to figure out the home row things kept switching on me from school to home, and even between the two different computers we had there. I didn't really get good at touch-typing until we got a PowerMac 7500/100 and subsequently upgraded to the much more standard Apple Extended Keyboard II which was basically identical to all the machines at school.
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I'm trying to do 30 mins a day on this.

http://www.typingweb.com/

It's slow & painful but I'm persevering...

Any other tips gladly appreciated!
    
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Yeah just play those things where they put words up and they type them, until you can touch type, no matter how slow it is. From that point when you can first start to actually touch-type, just start typing like that for everything. You will start being able to type at a reasonable speed amazingly fast.
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post #1829 of 14564
I taught myself how to type out of a fairly old book. It is an excellent book though because I was able to touch type pretty damn well over the time period of about 1 summer.

But this was something that I really wanted to do, so I learned very quickly (I was quite determined). I was very enthusiastic about it and it was actually very fun for me. But if it were just something that I was supposed to do (or something I was told to do), then it would have taken me an extremely long time because I would have always felt like doing other things instead.

I don't really remember exactly why I wanted to learn how to type, but I am extremely grateful for learning how.
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I think its also helpful to learn part of the time from typing from a book, so you can't look at the screen or keyboard. I can't even tell you how nice it is to be able to copy something down from a page without needing to check the screen or keys. Definitely try to avoid looking at the keys as much as possible.

Luckily for me, my parents made me learn to touch type when I was younger.
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