Reading an article full of typos is frustrating, and makes you question the quality of the work. For your work to be taken seriously and reflect well on you, minimizing typos is essential. In this article, we are going to discuss a few important tips that will help you minimize typos when touch typing.
Know your keyboard
There are several different models of keyboards out there. It is very important for you to know the keyboard you’ll be using. See how the letters have been arranged. Next, look at the symbols and numbers. Don’t forget to look at the shortcut keys. If you have an old keyboard, some letters might be sticky, and you should know which ones are most likely to lock up and cause errors. Looking at the keys and understanding your keyboard before typing will greatly improve your results.
Look at the screen
You should avoid looking at your keyboard as much as possible. It seems counterintuitive – you would think that looking at the keys will decrease typos, not increase them. However, intense focus on keys slows you down so much that you can cause errors in typing by getting lost in the words. If you read as you’re writing, you will notice immediately when you make a mistake and can go back to fix it, rather than waiting until you’re done to scan what you’ve already written. Looking at the screen makes it less likely that an error will slip through the cracks.
Make sure your fingers are in home position
Touch typing requires you to have your fingers in “home position” so you can effectively reach all the different keys, but different keyboards have different home positions. If you are using the standard QWERTY-style board, your index fingers should be on the F and J keys. The other fingers will find their position naturally. If you start from home position, you will train your fingers into a muscle memory that will ensure that you hit the right keys as you’re typing. If you move your home position around too much, you and your fingers will be too confused to write correctly.
Read your work
Reading your work aloud forces you find errors that you might have missed when proofreading. Everyone makes mistakes, but proofreading and reading your work out loud will help you eliminate typos and improve the quality of your work.
You should feel comfortable reading your work. If you don’t, you readers will feel the same. If possible, print out your work before proofreading, because it’s easy to miss typos if your eyes are tired of the screen.
We hope these tips will help you minimize typos so you can focus on your work rather than those irritating timewasters.