Introduction to Keyboarding


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In today’s class, we will be talking about the introduction to keyboarding. Enjoy the class!

Introduction to Keyboarding


Keyboarding is the act of using special machines like typewriter and computer to produce valuable documents in the mail-able form. It is also the utilization of a keyboard for computer functions and typing. Keyboarding is the act of manipulating the keyboard to produce information with the computer or the typewriter.

Keyboard: This part of computer or typewriter contains data in the computer or for making an impression on a paper fixed to a typewriter.

Importance of keyboarding

The following are the importance or advantages of keyboarding:

  1. There is speed
  2. Easy work production
  3. There is efficiency
  4. There is accuracy
  5. It is a form of skills acquisition It is a career opportunity.
  6. It makes the production of documents easier than the use of a pen.
  7. It provides neater and clearer documents.
  8. It provides various job opportunities.
  9. It will help and individually develop good communication skill.
  10. It would increase individual productivity and thereby increasing business turnover.

The correct sitting position for keyboarding

  1. Eye on the copy or typing book.
  2. Head and neck should be slightly bent to the left or right at the position of the typing book or copy.
  3. Waist should be straight and balanced against the back of the chair.
  4. Feet kept firmly on the floor.
  5. Concentration on the job to be typed.
  6. Type the job with confidence.

Paper size/types

  1. The most commonly used typing papers are A4, A5 and A6.
  2. A4 paper is the most suitable for typing long letters. It is equivalent to foolscap size.
  3. Two A5 typing paper is the most suitable for short letters.
  4. A5 typing is one-third of A4 paper (i.e. 1/3 of A4 paper)
  5. Three A6 typing paper is half (1/2) of A5 paper.

Learning the keyboard

The keyboard has four rows. The keys or buttons are not arranged alphabetically but the keys or the buttons on computer and typewriter are arranged the same way that is called “QWERTY”.

The second row which is called the home row has the home keys where the fingers are returned when they are not doing active work.

Introduction to Keyboarding

The home keys are “A, S, D, F” at the left with the first four left fingers then space with the left thumb finger. Then followed also the right thumb finger on the space bar as well, after which followed the rest. Four fingers at the right each on one key i.e. “J, K, L; “. So home keys are: “A, S, D, F, space J, K, L;”

Methods of paragraphing

  • Block paragraphing
  • Indented paragraphing
  • Hanging paragraphing


In our next class, we will be talking more about Keyboarding.  We hope you enjoyed the class.

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