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I'm not talking about any specific keyboard, so sorry if this isn't the appropriate section.

I started teaching myself to touch type yesterday. It's actually going much faster than I thought. Anyway, which finger do you guys hit the letter "B" with most of the time: left index or left thumb?

The thumb seems to be in the perfect spot for it, but would it pose a problem when getting quicker, like say it accidentally hitting the space?

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I'm not talking about any specific keyboard, so sorry if this isn't the appropriate section.

I started teaching myself to touch type yesterday. It's actually going much faster than I thought. Anyway, which finger do you guys hit the letter "B" with most of the time: left index or left thumb?

The thumb seems to be in the perfect spot for it, but would it pose a problem when getting quicker, like say it accidentally hitting the space?

Thanks
My left thumb is only for the space bar. For the B key I use my right index finger actually. I have an odd typing style compared to most people but I'm also much quicker and more accurate than nearly everyone I know. My left hand sees all of its fingers being used and is mostly planted on the keyboard in one spot whereas my right hand moves across its side of the keyboard much more quickly, but I only use two fingers on it, unless I'm hitting Shift or Enter. Works well for me. I'm not sure exactly what my words per minute is but I know it is around 70-80 (that's using tests, I type faster and more accurately when I type off the of my head).
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Wow, two fingers for the right side. I guess it doesn't matter if you're fast an accurate though. I'm seeing how the standard 4/4 goes first, but who knows.

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Wow, two fingers for the right side. I guess it doesn't matter if you're fast an accurate though. I'm seeing how the standard 4/4 goes first, but who knows.
I tried with 4/4 when I first started wanting to type fast, but I just couldn't do it. I remember way back in 5th grade when our school got out computer labs, that was the first thing they tried getting us to do. Now it's just natural for a lot of people XD. The main thing to worry about is not the style you use to type but the speed and accuracy of it. A lot of people that watch me type see basically just a blur of fingers moving across the keyboard. I've just developed this naturally after learning where the keys are just through using it. Once you get that down you will naturally find something that works for you, it will just take some time
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Yeah, I figured that is the normal halving, but I was just curious if anyone happened to use their thumb for B since it's right there pretty much. I suppose not.
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Nope. I was pretty much taught to use my left index. It'd be harder for me to use my thumb really since I've been touch typing for so long that it's essentially become muscle memory for me.
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Originally Posted by Kaldari View Post
I'm not talking about any specific keyboard, so sorry if this isn't the appropriate section.

I started teaching myself to touch type yesterday. It's actually going much faster than I thought. Anyway, which finger do you guys hit the letter "B" with most of the time: left index or left thumb?

The thumb seems to be in the perfect spot for it, but would it pose a problem when getting quicker, like say it accidentally hitting the space?

Thanks
60 wpm here.

I'm a sloppy typist... Sometimes I use the left index finger and other times I use my right index finger, but I never use my thumbs. I keep them reserved for the space bar.

Recently I've been trying to clean up my typing so I A: stick to the "correct" fingering and B: never look at the keyboard. I learned in a way that was different than the standard method, and as a result I'm prone to errors and don't really know the keyboard that well... as I've found out by refusing to look at it. I hope one day I can get to 100 wpm and I wish you luck as well
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Yeah, I figured that is the normal halving, but I was just curious if anyone happened to use their thumb for B since it's right there pretty much. I suppose not.
What? That is so awkward, requiring me to rotate my entire hand around a bit to manage it. Just learn to touch type properly, there is a reason for it Will reduce over using certain fingers as much which a lot of people seem to do.
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Yeah, I'm learning the proper way. I was just curious. I'm progressing faster than I thought I would, but I'm still peck typing when I want to type something a bit longer. I'm an extremely fast peck typer. It's just annoying to have to look up and down occasionally.

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