LEARNING THE KEYBOARD
The first step in typewriting is learning the
keyboard. Figure 2-2 shows a typical typewriter
keyboard. For illustration purposes, it has been
divided into two sections. The left-hand section
represents the keys controlled by your left hand,
and the right-hand section represents the keys
controlled by your right hand.
The shaded keys (fig. 2-2) are called the
HOME keys. Your fingers stay on these keys
when they are not depressing a key. After you
depress any key other than the home key, the
respective finger returns to its home key. The
home keys for the left-hand section are A, S, D,
and F; and the home keys for the right-hand
section are the J, K, L, and ;.
Figure 2-3 shows the fingers of the typist
in relation to the keyboard. The following
subparagraphs give the responsibility of each
RIGHT INDEX FINGER, This finger (J) has
the J key as its home key. It is used to depress
the J key and the keys identified as $6, Y, U, H,
N, M, and &7.
RIGHT FOREFINGER. This finger (K) has
the K key as a home key. It is used to depress the
I, K, *8, and , keys.
RIGHT RING FINGER. This finger (L) has
the L key as a home key. It is used to depress the
L, O, ., and (9 keys.
RIGHT LITTLE FINGER, This finger (;)
controls many keys. It is used for depressing the
p, :, ;, 0), +=, _ -, 1/4 1/2, ' and /?. It
also controls the shift, return, express backspace
(EXP, backspace, index, and correcting keys.
RIGHT THUMB. The right thumb is used for
operating the space bar. This is its only function
in touch typing.
LEFT INDEX FINGER. This finger (F) has
the F key as its home key. It is used to depress
the V05, $4, T, G, B, V, F, and R keys.
LEFT FOREFINGER. This finger (D) has the
D key as its home key. It is used to depress the
D, E, C, and the #3 keys.
LEFT RING FINGER. This finger (A) has the
A key as a home key, and is responsible for
depressing the S, W, X, AND @2 keys.
LEFT LITTLE FINGER. This finger (A) has
the A key as a home key and is responsible for
depressing the Q, A, Z, 1, ! shift key, the shift
lock, tab, tab set and release, and margin release
LEFT THUMB. The left thumb is not used
in touch typing.
BEGINNING TO TYPEWRITE
The keyboard and other typewriter features
have been explained in preceding paragraphs of
this section. At this point, you should be familiar
enough with these features to start typing.
Figure 2-2.Typewriter keyboard.