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Lesson 1: Learning the home row keys

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.

keyboard spacebar spacebar A S D F J K L semicolon

We will always start by placing (not pressing) our fingers on the following keys:

  • The left pinky finger will be on the "A" key. (pink)
  • The left ring finger will be on the "S" key. (blue)
  • The left middle finger will be on the "D" key. (orange)
  • The left index finger will be on the "F" key. (yellow)
  • The right index finger will be on the "J" key. (yellow)
  • The right middle finger will be on the "K" key. (orange)
  • The right ring finger will be on the "L" key. (blue)
  • The right pinky finger will be on the ";" key. (pink)
  • Both thumbs will be on the spacebar. (purple)

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.

The Backspace Key

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).

keyboard spacebar spacebar A S D F J K L semicolon
  • To backspace, start with your right pinky finger on the semicolon. With your right pinky finger, move your finger in an upward angle to the right. The other fingers in your right hand will slightly come off of the home row keys. Return your right pinky finger to the semicolon and make sure all of your fingers are back on the home row.

Continue to Lesson 2: Learning the G, H, and apostrophe keys