Computer Keyboarding Skills

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Computer Keyboarding Skills

The following information, online activities and games might help to improve your computer keyboarding skills and typing skills.

  • Keyboard Layout A colour coded key display for learning the keyboard using the US standard 101 keyboard also known as Qwerty keyboard.

QWERTY Computer Keyboard Layout

The QWERTY keyboard layout is the most used modern-day keyboard layout on English-language computer and typewriter keyboards. It takes its name from the first six characters seen in the far left of the keyboard's top row of letters. The QWERTY design is based on a layout designed by Christopher Latham Sholes in 1874 for the Sholes and Glidden typewriter and sold to Remington in the same year, when it first appeared in typewriters.

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QWERTY keyboard layout.

Finger Positions for a Computer Keyboard

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Top View:Finger positions for home row.
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Side View:Finger positions for home row.

Before you start typing rest fingers on their assigned home row keys.

A S D F J K L  ;

Left hand:
  • Little finger rests on the A key.
  • Ring finger rests on the S key.
  • Middle finger rests on the D key.
  • Index pointer finger rests on the F key.
  • Left thumb rests on the space bar.
Right hand:
  • Right thumb rests on the space bar.
  • Index pointer finger rests on the J key.
  • Middle finger rests on the K key.
  • Ring finger rests on the L key.
  • Little finger rests on the ; key.

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Home row keys.

Keyboard homerow fingering.jpg
Home row keys.

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Fingering position for all keys.

Apple Platform Computer Keyboard

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Apple platform computer keyboard

Windows Platform Computer Keyboard

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Windows platform computer keyboard

Games for Computer Keyboarding Skills

  • Barracuda Typing Game Help barracuda keep its river clean. Type words into the box as they appear floating down the river. Barracuda will knock them out. It is a loosing battle and river will grow darker as barracuda slowly looses. When barracuda starts gaining, the river will get bluer.
  • Mouserobics Skills for manipulating the computer mouse.


  • Wikipedia contributors. "Christopher Latham Sholes." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 20 Jan. 2010. Web. 23 Jan. 2010.
  • Wikipedia contributors. "QWERTY." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 23 Jan. 2010. Web. 23 Jan. 2010.