Learning the Computer Keyboard

Learning the computer keyboard can make you more productive and make the Web a lot more fun. Computers are essential to everyday life, not just for those who use them for work, but for the rest of us. We communicate via e-mail, we get our news and information from the Web, we maintain blogs and online journals and we even buy and sell things from the comfort of our computer chairs. Learning how to use a computer keyboard efficiently is now a basic life skill.

Some people learned how to type in school, but for those who didn't, there are other ways to become proficient at the keyboard. There are books available to teach you how to type, but for ease of use and efficiency, online keyboard tutorials are the way to go. Check out these sites, and you'll be master of your keyboard in no time.

  • http://www.goodtyping.com This free online course takes you through the process of learning to type in an easy, step-by-step fashion. Even kids can learn to type by following the simple lessons on this site. It's quick too. Just register and start typing.
  • http://www.customtyping.com This comprehensive site has something for all ages and skill levels. It allows you to track your progress, and features fun typing games to help you practice. This site does charge a monthly fee, but it offers a free four-week trial, so you can check it out first and see if it's the right fit for you.
  • http://www.keybr.com This site is designed for those with a basic knowledge of their keyboard who wish to improve their typing speed and accuracy. It features a variety of tools, software and games to improve your skills at the keyboard.
  • http://www.steele.lib.ny.us/intro.htm This is an easy, basic introduction to your computer keyboard, presented by the Steele Memorial Library in New York. While it is not a typing instruction site, it's perfect for those new to a computer, to teach what all those "other" keys are for. Used along with a typing instruction site, even those who have never touched a keyboard before will be proficient computer users in no time.
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