In this lesson, we will learn the home row keys. You can think of the home row keys as our starting point or base. The home row is where we will always place our fingers when we type. From the home row we can reach all of the keys with a specific finger. Our fingers will always return to the home row after we press any key. The keys we will learn in the home row are: a, s, d, f, j, k, l, semicolon.
We will always start by placing (not pressing) our fingers on the following keys:
When you place your fingers on the home row, your hands should be slightly curved. Your left thumb should rest on the spacebar somewhere within the "C" and "V" key. Your right thumb should rest on the spacebar somewhere within the "N" and "M" keys. It is not necessary to press the spacebar with both thumbs simultaneously. Just one thumb will do. You might notice on most keyboards that there are little "bumps" on the "F" and "J" keys. These "bumps" are purposely designed on the keyboard so that you will know when you are on the home row.
Use the backspace key when you want to delete what you have typed. This key can also be called the delete key on some keyboards. Click the practice button above. Type in some text and then press the backspace key. The cursor must be on the right side of the letter that you just typed (assuming that you are typing in a language that reads from left to right).