Two-fingered typing course

This is a work in progress.

I’m not Mavis Beacon, and I can’t ever anticipate offering a course like hers.

I’m only compelled — after 56 years of 10-finger touch-typing — to learn 2-fingered typing, because I got a tablet with a miniature keyboard on which my 10 fingers, at least, can’t possibly fit. I might learn to type with 8 fingers, but it seems simplest just to start with 2.

I will present my lessons here as I create them.  At this writing, there is no particular strategy as to sequence.


Whenever possible, it’s best to alternate hands. The letter sequence “ere,” for example — as occurs in “where,” “there,” “here” — is typed much more quickly with a left-right-left motion than a left-left-left.

Now, in 10-fingered typing, each hand only needs to know half the letters. The right hand never has to deal with a or q, and the left never has to deal with m or p. That won’t be possible with our approach; instead, each hand must learn all the letters. Lesson 1 addresses this.

Future lessons will present different letter combinations, as many as possible. Once one has learned a given combination, one will be able to anticipate it in advance and execute it from memory, and not have to make decisions on the fly.

Lesson 1

In the “Practice area” window below, type this, using only one finger of the right hand:

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

Type it again, using only one finger of your left hand.

Repeat, alternating hands — and watching the screen rather than the keys, as much as possible — until you can do it all, with each hand, without looking at the keys at all.

When you’re finished, simply click outside the “Practice area” window.

See also the “Notes” below.


  1. You may not accomplish this in a single day.  You may want to try this several days in a row, and then proceed with other lessons while you still wok on this one also.
  2. Take your time.
  3. Don’t worry about mistakes.  Actually, there’s no such thing as a mistake here.  The purpose of this lesson is to learn the positions of the letters.  If you mean to type z and type x instead, well, now you’ve learned better where x is.
  4. We are learning the relative positions of the letters; but relative what?   So that your hands have a reference point for their motions, when you type with one hand, keep the other hand in a fixed place touching the keyboard.  Then you’ll have a relative what.

Link to Lesson 2: Easy words

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