The typing lessons available in this software are divided into units and subunits. Each unit introduces a new set of keys to be practiced. For example, the first unit trains the fingers on how to press the keys in the home row. A couple of new keys are introduced with every new unit.
Each unit is divided into five subunits:
- Grip: Getting used to the keys
- Words: Learning to type words
- Control: Learning to stop abruptly in the middle of words
- Sentences: Learning to type sentences
- Test: Testing your proficiency level in the current unit
One should move to the next lesson only after completing the current lesson satisfactorily. When a lesson is completed satisfactorily, the software suggests you to move to the next lesson.
While typing one should look at the computer monitor only. Fingers should always be placed on the home row as indicated in the first unit. If any key outside the home row has to be typed, one should return the finger to the home row immediately after striking that key.
5–6 split vs. 6–7 split
There are two popular ways to type the ten number keys on the top row.
- In a nontraditional style, '1' is typed with the little finger of the left hand, '2' is typed with the ring finger of the left hand, '5' is typed with the forefinger of the left hand and '6' is typed with the forefinger of the right hand. Thus, the number keys are split at 5–6 between the left hand and the right hand.
- In the traditional style, '1' and '2' are typed with the little finger of the left hand, '6' is typed with the forefinger of the left hand and '7' is typed with the forefinger of the right hand. In other words, the number keys are split at 6–7 between the left hand and the right hand.
In most keyboards, the '6' key is located closer to the 'F' key. As a result, the '6' key is more accessible to the left hand than the right hand. Therefore, many people prefer the traditional style with 6–7 split. However, there are also many people who prefer the nontraditional style with 5–6 split. Which style you choose depends on your taste, convenience and the kind of keyboard you have. If you are confused about which style to choose, choose the traditional style with 6–7 split.
This software supports both styles for the number keys. In units 16–20 which introduce the number keys, a link appears below the practice area to switch between the two styles.
At any point while typing in the input box, you can type an input command. The following is a list of the supported commands along with a description of what each command does.
- restart the current subunit
- same as the 'restart' command
- remove errors from the input text
- same as the 'fix' command
When you type a command in the input box, an error would be displayed because the software would be expecting you to type the text displayed above the input box instead of the command you are typing. This is okay and you can ignore the error and continue to type the command. As soon as you complete typing the command, your command would be executed.