Join Anson Alexander for an in-depth discussion in this video The numeric-keypad home row (the 4, 5, 6, and the plus keys), part of Learning Numeric Data Entry.
- When using the numeric keypad, the fingers of your right hand should start on the 4, 5, 6, and + keys. These are the home row keys for your fingers on a numeric keypad, that is, your index finger should be on the 4 key, your middle finger on the 5 key, your ring finger on the 6 key, and your pinky finger on the + key. Your thumb doesn't need to be directly on the 0 key, but it should always be nearby, as it's the only key that your thumb will be responsible for on the numeric keypad.
As we move forward in the course, it's important to keep in mind that each finger is responsible for a column of keys on the numeric keypad. For example, the index finger is responsible for all of the keys in the same column as the 4 key. The middle finger is responsible for all of the keys in the same column as the 5 key and so forth. Keep in mind that practice is the most important aspect of learning to type accurately and efficiently. As you practice, your fingers will become more and more accustomed to the movements that they need to make on a keyboard.
After enough practice, you'll no longer need to consciously think of which key each finger needs to type. It will become second-nature and your fingers will move to each key without even thinking about it. With your fingers on the numeric keypad home row, practice typing each key on your own and then go ahead and open up the exercise files for this course and try the training module for this chapter of the course.