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What websites/software do you guys recommend for teaching yourself how to touch type?

Also, how do you actually go about learning? Do you just start a lesson and force yourself to type properly everyday or do you just run the lessons an hour or so per day until it becomes natural?
post #2 of 33
When I was young, really young I had issues looking at the keyboard, I just kind of forced myself not to. Dont know that I ever had formal training...Just kind of know where the keys are.

Ironically enough I think I had more typo's during this post than I had all of yesterday combined. Guess I got cocky
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I learned so early so its hard for me to remember. There are many programs like mavis beacon typing and stuff. I would say learn your home row keys and get a blank keyboard.
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I think being forced to learn under pressure works great - I had what seemed like endless typing classes in elementary school, only to learn more than every class combined in the first month I played Starcraft online. You typed fast or lost the game...

While I'm not great, I type 80-85 WPM and attribute 100% of that to video games.

Basically - find something that makes you type that isn't boring you to death. I'm not sure if you're a gamer, but there has to be a method for everyone good luck.
    
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I think being forced to learn under pressure works great - I had what seemed like endless typing classes in elementary school, only to learn more than every class combined in the first month I played Starcraft online. You typed fast or lost the game...

While I'm not great, I type 80-85 WPM and attribute 100% of that to video games.

Basically - find something that makes you type that isn't boring you to death. I'm not sure if you're a gamer, but there has to be a method for everyone good luck.
Yeah it seems everyone just learned from an elementary school class. I was always to busy faking out the teacher and loading up Oregon Trail. Guess thats what I get now. lol

Although, I play SC2 also, and I don't see how typing fast has anything to do with that game? You could play an entire match without typing anything actually.

The funny thing is, I use my two index fingers occasionally other fingers, and I can hit about 60wpm. I don't always look down, just sometimes I glance down here and there but I don't stay locked looking down at the kb. When I try to place my fingers on the homerow and just type, I have no idea where keys are typing that way and it feels odd.
post #7 of 33
MAVIS BEACON!!!!!!!

At least, that's what I used in the late 80's early 90's.. wonder if they're still even around?
post #8 of 33
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Originally Posted by jasonjlx View Post
Although, I play SC2 also, and I don't see how typing fast has anything to do with that game? You could play an entire match without typing anything actually.
I guess that makes sense, being a 1v1-based game. Maybe most of my skill came from Diablo... I don't remember. Either way, something fun that forces you to type is going to make you learn a heck of a lot faster than sitting at a typing program for hours.

PS I used to play The Incredible Machine instead of doing the typing. Ohh the fun we had...
    
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I took a class on it in sixth grade. One of the most helpful classes of my school career.
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played high rating arena in wow remembered all off my keyboard
no seriously learned to touche type via pro gaming.
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