Did you realise the importance of these two little marks on your keyboard? 7



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For many of us who learnt to type of a typewriter, we had to make the transition to keyboards later in life, and as it turns out, may have missed out on a crucial bit of information.

On a standard QWERTY keyboard, you will find either a notch or raised line on the F or J keys. No, these aren’t braille marks – they help you put your fingers in the correct position to touch type!

These marks correctly position your left and right hand on the keyboard without having to look at the keyboard. For example, without looking at your keyboard you should be able to feel the keyboard and correctly position your left index finger on the F and the right index finger on the J.


From this position, you should be able to locate the rest of the keys on the keyboard.

How interesting!

Will you try this from now on?

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  1. Doesn’t work for me I’m afraid – I only use two fingers for all my typing, the forefingure of each hand!

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  2. Excellent point for anyone who has not taken typing classes. This is the position, as said above, from which you will reach every key on the board and with practice you will be able to type at breakneck speeds. ;lkjh-space-asdfg-space, and thus the drill begins. Anyone else remember those days from highschool in the 50’s?!?

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    • Sure do, and our hands covered with a piece of cloth so couldn’t look at the keys. Really made you concentrate.

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