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Typing without looking on Keyboard

Discussion in 'Off Topic Chat' started by DeviousShadows, Apr 12, 2017.


Do you look at your keyboard while typing?

  1. Yes

    8 vote(s)
  2. No

    33 vote(s)
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  1. DeviousShadows

    DeviousShadows Active Member

    How many of you type without looking at the keyboard?
    I'm part of the population which makes 5 typos a second if I don't look at the keyboard.

    How can I improve and get rid of this habit? Anyone know a good training programme to learn to type without looking at the keyboard?
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  2. FunkySkill

    FunkySkill Member

    I used / looked at a program where there was a type training .... but I hated it. I would say the best training is just typing. Oh and I think it would be useful to type in online games where you have to be fast and dont have much time so you are instantly trying to type faster , which trains your skills. (I dunno if the last one was a bit strange xD)
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2017
  3. Katana_x_II7

    Katana_x_II7 Well-Known Member

    When I was a kid, my parents put electrical tape over all the letters, so I had to learn where they all were without looking at them. This actually helped a ton. That plus me playing games and having to type to my teammates quickly so I or they wouldnt die (healer in wow), both of these combined helped me learn how to type without looking, and quickly as well.
  4. kajira

    kajira Mother of Gaming

    Nope, I haven't had to look at my keyboard while I type in probably 20 years. lol
    Back when I was in school typing, and timed typing tests, were still mandatory in high school. So, I learned quite quickly how to not need to look. hehehe
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  5. Jenjar

    Jenjar Well-Known Member VANGUARD

    Some days I don't look at the keyboard when i'm typing, But when my hands are cold or I seem to be a little bit more tired, I need to look every few words since my hands make mistakes when typing in those situations, For some reason. Otherwise, I never look at the keyboard when I'm typing.
  6. SodiumMachine

    SodiumMachine Active Member

    I don't Iook while I type. When I was little my parents got me a copy of mavis beacon, but that didn't really help, at school we used type to learn 3. When I really learned to type was a few years ago when I started using typeracer. I hit around 55wpms
  7. 9l_xcelr8

    9l_xcelr8 Active Member

    REMEMBER this: keys F and J have a stroke on them, to let you know where to keep your index fingers. Every typing teaching software teaches you to keep your index fingers on f and j and tells you what finger to extend to reach all the keys, but somehow they don't mention the simple stroke on keyboard. You won't even need to look at the keyboard while placing your hand on the keyboard let alone while typing.
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  8. Katana_x_II7

    Katana_x_II7 Well-Known Member

    wait....so im not supposed to keep my fingers on WASD all the time? ;)
  9. TheWill42

    TheWill42 Active Member

    Yeah but just as a reference, it's not like I forgot where the J key is lol
  10. Bolterino

    Bolterino Active Member

    The majority of times no.. But sometimes if i haven't to look for something particular on the screen yes xD
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  11. KillStealzzz

    KillStealzzz Active Member

    I normally dont look at the keyboard while typing.
    But recently, on some ocassion, I do just look at the keyboard because the Chroma lightning was so bright and colorful.
    Please dont make the same mistake and buy Razer's keyboard, it slowed down my typing ...
  12. Katana_x_II7

    Katana_x_II7 Well-Known Member

    First world problems....Razer making us look down at our keyboard because they are too pretty to ignore slowing down our productivity lol
  13. 9l_xcelr8

    9l_xcelr8 Active Member

    i see what you did there :cool_:
  14. KillStealzzz

    KillStealzzz Active Member

    My finger automatically did this all the time. My body is trained to be optimized for gaming, not typing ... but then I guess we all do :wink_:
  15. MissSwaggy

    MissSwaggy Active Member

    My fingers just do the typing.. my eyes for the screen only :D
  16. DragoNate

    DragoNate Active Member

    I didn't vote because I'm kinda in the middle here. Sometimes I look, most of the time now, I don't. I used to not be able to type without looking. I had to look or I'd fumble. Now, I pretty much only look if I make a mistake or a key doesn't work right, or I accidentally press the same WRONG key multiple times in a row. Or for passwords. I'd rather make sure I get the password right than miss a single key multiple times and type it over and over. I also type really fast, with no set 'hand position' or whatever. Home row never worked for me. Felt wrong. I do NOT recommend it, personally. My fingers are all over the keyboard.

    If you're looking for a way to type without looking, I'd recommend to start slowly. Type slow. Get a feel for where each key is and then start typing. Feel the keys. Sounds like some sensei stuff, but I'm serious. Feel the keys.
    When you first start typing without looking, use peripheral vision. Don't block out the keys entirely, but give yourself a focal point for your eyes that is close to your keyboard so it's still in your field of view.
    Focus on that point and start typing. Slowly. Don't look directly at your keyboard. This is how you will feel where your keys are and stop relying on your eyes.
    When that feels pretty good, start looking at your screen at the words you're typing, instead of at the keys or close to them.

    I got it pretty fast, oddly enough, but never realized it until I was able to talk to my mom, look at her periodically and at the screen, all without stopping typing.
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  17. kajira

    kajira Mother of Gaming

    And if you can get your hands on a very old keyboard, then occasionally it could've been the D and K keys that had the marks on them to know where to put your fingers on the keys. They referred to them as "home keys." :)
  18. ETitus

    ETitus Active Member

    I followed a typing course when I was young, which was so boring I copy pasted the "jkl;" instead of typing it a thousand times. It did however cover up the letters, bit by bit, finger by finger.

    It was trying to get me to type with 8 fingers and thumbs on the space bar. However I got used to typing with 6, using thumbs for space bar and pinkies for ctrl/shift & enter/backspace :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: Works like a charm.
  19. Savuremue

    Savuremue Active Member

    i am too cool to look at keyboard-baka.

    plus most of my typos are made more because i suck at english or whatever language i am talking.
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  20. DragoNate

    DragoNate Active Member

    Well, how many languages do you speak/type?

    I think people who speak English end up speaking Engrish a lot of times anyways. I do. When flustered or just talking fast or something.
    To be honest, Engrish is kinda fun.
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