Could your keying techniques causing you problems
Its not surprising that no-one knows the correct keying techniques. Years ago people who worked on a typewriter were taught keying techniques but nowadays everyone works on a computer but no-one is taught how to key.
Poor keying techniques can lead to wrist and forearm pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and shoulder pain. To reduce any problems you need to consider the ergonomics of your workstation first. Good ergonomics is more than just the technique you use. It’s whether the whole working environment is suitable for the job you want to do.
To begin with you should make sure
- you are sitting at the right height,
- you are sitting comfortably in the chair
- you have your keyboard positioned properly ,
- you have your documents positioned correctly, and then you’re ready to
- use good keying techniques
Follow the links to make sure everything is set up the right way before you follow our keying guide.
Five tips for comfortable keyboard work
- Wrist flat – avoid cocking your hands up and putting pressure on your wrists by raising the feet at the back of the keyboard.
- Elbows by your side not reaching forward
- Forearms resting on the desk but the wrists themselves should not rest on anything while keying
- Use light pressure when keying. You should not lift your fingers high off the keys as with a typewriter. Listen to the noise you make when keying – if you are keying too hard you will make more noise
- Learn to touch type. There are many DIY CDs available and you will save an enormous amount of time
Now for the no-nos
- Don’t rest your wrists on the wrist rests while keying
- Avoid resting your elbow on the arm rests of the chair while keying.
- Do not try and stretch to hit multiple keys with the one hand at the same time
- Don’t hold up your ring and little finger while hitting with the thumb and index finger.