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Weekend Open Forum: How did you learn to type?

By Shawn Knight ยท 72 replies
Mar 30, 2012
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  1. Darkshadoe

    Darkshadoe TS Guru Posts: 571   +112

    Poke and hope...
  2. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +95

    Back in the 80s, my father tried to convince me to learn typing on a 'typewriter' but luckily I always found an excuse not to do so ;). So I learned to type on an XT machine with two 5 1/4" FDDs.
  3. daweimon

    daweimon TS Rookie

    Mavis Beacon. Had hours of fun with that starting from around the year 2000 I guess.
  4. Ssendi

    Ssendi TS Rookie Posts: 18

    From the typewriter, to the key board!!! Installed Mavis Becon for my siblings!!!! But on my side maybe it was Poke and hope... ohhhh
  5. Arston

    Arston TS Member

    I'm using Colemak. That's also where my nickname comes from. Google it and you'll see what I mean.
  6. IvanAwfulitch

    IvanAwfulitch TS Booster Posts: 218   +11

    I guess Techspot has no sense of humor if they'll delete a joke post filled with nonsense in a "learning to type" open forum. I guess "open forum" isn't as open as it would suggest.

    I learned to type through playing piano. You just develop a rhythm once you know where the keys are, and you can achieve keystrokes that are as fast, if not faster, than the old "asdf jkl;" finger placement.
  7. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Evangelist Posts: 916   +24

    two words: MSN Messenger
  8. Sarcasm

    Sarcasm TS Guru Posts: 354   +40

    Mario teaches typing.
  9. hitech0101

    hitech0101 TS Guru Posts: 451   +32

    I learned just by typing random stuff no real learning methodology but chatting during online gaming that's where i gained the speed now kind of the fastest typer around my friends.
  10. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

    Grade 9 keyboarding class on an old electric typewriter with a reallt hard to press spacebar. Two years later they replaced the typrwritters with re-purposed 286's and they moved the rest of the school to 486/Pentiums.
  11. davislane1

    davislane1 Inquisitor Posts: 4,507   +3,508

    Learned to type doing homework assignments and using some typing programs when I was a little kid. My parents thought that, back in the 90s, computers were going to be where it's at moving forward, so they loaded me and my siblings up on computer stuff... Good call, no?
  12. I got into computers via early 90s PC gaming so there was lots of config.sys/autoexec.bat modification. When you repeatedly type stuff like "set blaster=P220 I5 D1" and "files=30 buffers=40" repeatedly, typing becomes second nature to you very quickly.
  13. In high school, 10th grade (1973), the machines . . . IBM Selectrics. My dad worked for IBM and I still have the Selectric he got for me before I left for college.
  14. Renrew

    Renrew TS Enthusiast Posts: 253   +19

    I was educated in the Eagle method and still follow it to this day----that's where you hunt your key, swoop down and peck at it--works for me.
  15. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Evangelist Posts: 595   +58

    When I was a kid my Dad bought the family a Macintosh. I learned to type with 4 fingers when using the old Mac. Basically the "pointer" and "middle" fingers on each hand. That went on until the first year of high school. Then I took basic computer class. Old School. We were still running DOS. The teacher taught the entire class to type "properly" with all 10 fingers and I picked up on it very quickly. Today I'm one of the fastest and most accurate typist I know. I won't set any speed records worldwide but I do well enough. Funny thing is, today my dad types with his 4 fingers the way I used to.
  16. carlwh123

    carlwh123 TS Rookie

    I was lucky, I got my subject selection form in late when I was in year 9 (14 years old back in 2001). I missed out on my choices and got stuck in a computer class, the first thing we learned was touch typing. The teacher was extremely strict and taught us well. I then spent the next 5 or 6 years on MSN messenger typing correctly (heaps of practice). This forum got me interested in testing my speed so I just googled a speed-test site and had a go - 89WPM and I wasn't even warmed up.

    Touch typing is great, not having to look down, then back up and refocus your eyes saves on headaches I think. It only took 2 weeks to learn, I recommend it to everyone who asks.
  17. with MS-DOS
  18. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,029   +197

    We had a computer class in middle school, I believe it was 4th grade, it was required. Im 29 so yeah that was like in 1993. We learned to type with a program\game, I think it had a little dude running and a word would come up and you typed it as fast as you could which would make him jump the word or something. I loved typing with the eraser on my pencil but my computer teacher frowned upon it :). We learned the foundation of computers, played the oregon trail, did some dos stuff it was fun. Really though most of my typing skills come from online gaming.

    just did a words per minute test im at 45 meh
  19. I took a high school typing class in 1971.
    There were 60 girls in the class and 2 boys.
  20. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 798   +318

    Having to type in my own games on a Commodore 64 when I was a kid.
  21. truroxy

    truroxy TS Rookie

    i learned through lots of aim fights. considering I'm only a teen now, i got really into computers at 4, simply because they were in my blood. I didn't do much typing until about 10, and over the years I've gotten faster. I don't have super great accuracy, but I wanted to be like my older siblings who I thought could type an essay in a minute haha.

    lots and lots of practice. and lots and lots of trial and error. I still can't get a touchscreen right, but I'll get there someday. I need the physical keys to know where my fingers are, and all my touchscreens have different keyboards. gah
  22. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 828   +32

    I learned in a typing class in middle school. The first 2 or 3 days was actually teaching us about the components of a computer and their functions. After that, it was all about technique. Half way through the semester, once we had learned our way around the keyboard, we went to touch typing. We had this dividers that went over our hands so we couldn't see.

    I don't do proper anymore, though. I have my own style that's easier for me.
  23. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,977   +15

    Booting into MS-DOS instead of 95 for the (typing) fun of it.
  24. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,029   +197

  25. penn919

    penn919 TS Booster Posts: 197   +43

    I learned how to type in my Business Applications class during my freshman year in high school. I had typing classes in middle school, but they were utterly useless as with all the classes because the school was a joke.

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