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  • 1. Proper Keyboarding Technique
  • 2. Body Position
    • Sit up straight, rear to the back of the seat
    • Face keyboard with body centered
    • Sit at a comfortable distance from the keyboard
    • Feet flat on the floor, slightly apart
  • 3. Arm Position
    • Hang elbows naturally near the sides of the body
    • Hold forearms parallel to the slant of the keyboard
    • Align keyboard with the edge of the desk
  • 4. Hand Position
    • Fingers curved and upright
    • Tips of fingers lightly touching keys
    • Hands are still while fingers reach
    • Wrists and palms are low, off the keyboard
  • 5. Eyes
    • Off of the keyboard at all times.
  • 6. Keystroking
    • Hold anchors while reaching to the upper and lower keys
    • Fingers are slightly curved over home row position
    • Make quiet, direct reaches with quick return to home row
    • Maintain an even keystroking pace
  • 7. Correct Fingering
    • Key each key with the correct finger
    • Notice diagonal design of the keyboard
  • 8. Spacing
    • Key the space bar with the thumb of the right hand
    • Sweeping motion, into the palm of the right hand
  • 9. Shift
    • Shift with the correct finger
    • Hold shift key down while striking key with the opposite hand
    • Immediately return finger to home row after releasing shift
  • 10. Return/Enter
    • Use little finger of right hand to strike the enter key
    • Immediately return finger to home row after releasing enter
    • Keep j finger anchored