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Lesson 3: Learning the Colon, Quotation Mark, and Shift keys

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The Shift keys are used to capitalize letters. They are also used for keys that have two characters on the same key. There are two Shift keys on a keyboard. To use the left Shift key, start with your left pinky finger on the "A" key. Move your left pinky finger in a downward angle to the left. To use the right Shift key, start with your right pinky finger on the "semicolon" key. Move your right pinky finger in a downward angle to the right. When you want to capitalize a letter, you will hold the Shift key with the pinky finger from one hand and press the other key with the corresponding finger of the other hand. For example, say you want to capitalize the "D" key. You would hold the right Shift key with your right pinky finger. You would then press the "D" key with your left middle finger. After you press the "D" key, you can release the Shift key. The same principal applies to a key that you press with your right finger. If you want to type a capital "J", you would hold the Shift key with your left pinky finger, and press the "J" key with your right index finger.

  • To type a colon, hold the Shift key with your left pinky finger and press the semicolon key with your right pinky finger. The colon is on the same key as the semicolon.
  • To type a quotation mark, hold the Shift key with your left pinky finger and press the apostrophe key with your right pinky finger. The quotation marks are on the same key as the apostrophe.

Continue to Lesson 4: Learning the R, T, Y, and U keys