Join Anson Alexander for an in-depth discussion in this video Typing ergonomics, part of Typing Fundamentals.
Learning how to type properly isn't only about speed and efficiency. It's also about typing in a way that ensures you're not injuring your body or developing complications, like carpel tunnel syndrome. When you sit down at your desk, it's important to make sure that your wrists are comfortable. They can be elevated just slightly or touching the table top but there should never be any weight put on the wrists. Elbows should never have less than a right-angle. To ensure that that blood flows properly to the wrists and hands.
Your back should be straight and entirely supported, especially the lower back. Your thighs and abdomen should be at a ninety-degree angle or slightly leaning towards the computer. Your feet should be uncrossed and flat on the ground in front of you. There should be 20 to 30 inches of space between your eyes and the computer screen. And the screen should be level with your eyes. Documents being used should be positioned vertically with a document holder. Instead of laying flat on the desk or table in front of you.
If you have a broad chest, consider a split keyboard to allow for an inward facing angle of the hands and more comfort. Remember to take regular breaks, get up, stretch and move around. Think about using a stress ball when not typing to help stretch and relax your fingers. If at any time you experience pain or discomfort related to typing or computer usage. Make sure that you visit your physician to get a proper diagnosis on what the issue may be coming from. Practicing proper posture while typing and working at your desk will ensure that you avoid aches, pains, other health complications while at the same time increasing your computing efficiency.
- Understanding the importance of typing ergonomics
- Measuring your typing speed and accuracy
- Managing your habits
- Learning the home row keys
- Locating letter, number, and math keys
- Using modifier keys: Shift, Alt, Control, etc.
- Using the numeric keypad effectively