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How to Use a Freeware Typing Tutorial

By Quinten Plummer, eHow Contributor
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Whether you want to learn how to type or you want to improve your existing typing skills, a well-rounded typing tutor can help typing become second nature to you. Many typing tutors mix lessons, games and tests, and with a great selection of free typing tutors available, you won't even need to spend money.

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  • 1. Download and install a free copy of RapidTyping Zone's Touch Typing Tutor to help your improve your typing skills (see Resources). The Touch Typing Tutor features a onscreen keyboard to aid you visually in placing your fingers. The program also features customizable lesson plans that you can edit to suit your needs, and a "Progress Tracker" to monitor the development of your typing skills. RapidTyping Zone also offers a portable version of the Touch Typing Tutor, which also you to launch the program from any portable media--such as a USB jump drive or a rewritable CD--without having to install anything.

  • 2. Download a copy of Stamina Typing Tutor, a freeware typing utility, to help your learn how to type (see Resources). Stamina Typing Tutor supports multiple keyboard layouts and teaches two hand positions for typing: The standard hand placement and an alternative, more relaxed, method. You can practice on text included with Stamina Typing Tutor or you can upload your own text files to work on.

  • 3. Use PowerTyping's online lessons to help you learn how to type or improve your skills (see Resources). PowerTyping provides free lessons, tests and games for both QWERTY and DORVAK keyboard layouts. New keys are added into the lesson plan as lessons progress. While games and practice tests can help you hone your skills while giving you a break from the pace of the lesson plan.

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