Forsooth, facilitate fixing my four-fingered typing
February 5, 2007 4:53 PM Subscribe
Help me break some bad keyboarding habits as painlessly as possible.
posted by perissodactyl to Computers & Internet (24 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a relatively young guy and a computer nerd both vocationally and avocationally, yet I have somehow (laziness is the most likely culprit) managed to learn how to type with only four fingers. How do I fix this?
I use the index finger of my left hand and the thumb, index and middle finger of my right hand to type. I am remarkably fast, proficient and error-free given the structural inefficiency of my hackneyed technique, and I don't have to look at the keys when I'm typing.
However, I recognize that I much slower than I could be, and also that I am courting repetitive stress injuries. So... how do I fix it? The bad habits are so ingrained that I find it intensely difficult and frustrating to try to involve my "inactive" fingers in the process. I've thought about switching to Dvorak and learning everything anew. Short of this, what are some other things I can do to retrain myself as a ten-finger typist?