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Jan. -About One Hand Typing and Keyboarding Monthly e-Newsletter

 

In This Issue:

1) Keyboards! One hand typing and one handed keyboards: two separate choices.

2) Vital tips on positioning the equipment for one hand typing

3) Internet humor

4) Did you know ... ? The Master's Hand

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1) KEYBOARDS: One hand typing and one handed keyboards: two separate choices.

 

As always, we suggest you try to learn to use the <http://www.aboutonehandtyping.com/introduction.html> ONE HAND QWERTY method on the standard keyboard (least hassle, totally mainstream, my personal choice if one hand has close to full use.

Many are afraid to use the standard keyboard, because their one good hand must cover the distance meant to be covered by two hands. Consider a <http://www.aboutonehandtyping.com/littlefingers.html>small child's size keyboard. Unfortunately, the lap top keyboard, which is nicely smaller, does not lend itself to long hours for the one hand typist (see more in the next section.)

 

However, if you cannot, or will not use the normal keyboard, or a <http://www.aboutonehandtyping.com/littlefingers.html>small child's size keyboard, then there are three other options much in use:

Two are <http://www.aboutonehandtyping.com/bat.html>one hand keyboards,

the other is a keyboard layout change to <http://www.aboutonehandtyping.com/bat.html#anchor219179>Half QWERTY.

Both are more expensive, but viable options.

 

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2) HOW TO POSITION THE EQUIPMENT WITH ONE HAND TYPING

The strain is greater to the one hand typist. How you set up the equipment is vital! Read the information below carefully.

 

Lighting: Soft and Bright

Make sure the area is well lighted, so you can read the manual, and other materials you practice on. Do not have a light or window behind you that will glare on your screen. Put it overhead, or to the side. If it is in front of you, it must be high, like a pole, or ceiling lamp, so the glare is not in your direct vision range.

 

Keyboard: Offset It To The Side Of Your Body!

If you were using two-hands, the keyboard would center straight out from your belly button - the middle of your body. The keyboard for a one-handed typist is offset to the side, depending on which hand the typist uses. If you use the right hand, it offsets to the right. If you use the left hand, it will offset to the left.

You center 'HOMEBASE,' on the keyboard, (HOMEBASE is the four keys in the very center of all the letters - F G H J) just about straight out from your hip.

To find just the right place for your keyboard, sit at your work area, and allow your arms to hang down. Keeping your elbow pressed lightly at your side, take your typing arm and lift just the lower arm up naturally. Keep the elbow at your waist. Your arm should not be reaching forward, left, or right. Ideally, it is also not reaching upwards, but coming straight out. 

Position the keyboard so the F G H J keys on the keyboard are directly under your hand.

NOTE! You cannot use those keyboards that split the keyboard in two halves. A child size keyboard is a great tool

 

DROP-DOWN RACKS

Drop-down racks for the keyboard are terrific! I could not get through a full day at work without one. Do get one if you can. However, many of these desks with keyboard racks assume you only want space for a normal keyboard centered in front of your body. They have room for your legs only just below the drop-drown rack. A one-hand typist's body must be off set to the keyboard. The rack must allow us to offset our bodies to the side of the keyboard, or the keyboard needs to be off set to the side of us.

 

Right-Handed Typists and Drop-Down Keyboard Racks

A right-handed typist slides the keyboard to off set to right side our bodies. Because of the calculator on the side of MOST keyboards, you need a rack long enough to allow it slide over quite a bit.

 

Three Solutions for the right-handed keyboarder:

1) See if the desk allows you to move the screen and your chair over to the left of the rack,

2) My keyboard hangs over the right side of my rack by about 8 inches! On my computer, I have added two additional holders, which sits on top of my drop-down keyboard rack. These additional holders were meant to lift the front of the keyboard, and support the typist's wrists. They are padded, and made of plastic. In addition to lifting the front of my keyboard, they support the keyboard, and allow me to slide over the edge of the rack. Before you buy a desk, experiment with sliding the keyboard.

3) Buy a keyboard with the "adding machine" keys on the left, rather than the right. These are more expensive. See the resources page at http://www.aboutonehandtyping.com  

 

Tilt The Keyboard

You will most likely need to angle your keyboard up, so the back of it is lower than the front. Typists put a great deal of strain on their hands. I think one-hand keyboarders put even more on their hand, as it is doing the job of two. Titling the keyboard allows the hand and wrist to be in a more natural position. 

 

There are all kinds of devices on the market now that lift the front of the keyboard. I actually use two to suit my body's comfort. Some are made of material, some of plastic. Most have a soft padding on which you rest the lower part of your palm. These go a long way to help you type all day with enjoyment.

 

Mouse: Adapt To Your Circumstance

After you learn the One-Hand typing system, you will then have a great need for the mouse.