Ten-Key Help

How to Use This Tutor:

Use this tutor appliction as often as you like. The more often you return to practice, the sooner your skill will develop. You should practice for at least 15 minutes each day. It may even be good to practice twice each day. It is not wise to practice for long periods at a time when beginning. For instance, as you are learning the fingering positions limit your practice sessions to less than twenty-minutes. Once you have learned the positions and feel comfortable increase the length of your practice sessions. Practice sessions should never exceed 45-minutes to an hour.

NEW ! !

Progress charts have now been added to this typing application. This addition makes it possible for students to print off a visual representation of practice sessions completed in the school lab or at home. The chart can be handed in for the teacher to examine and record the student's progress.

The chart displays the results of each test taken by the student. A record of each test is maintained until the browser is closed. In the event the student wishes to delete these records and start fresh, a "Clear History" button is provided on the application's home page.

The default chart-type is a Line chart. By clicking on the "Chart Type" selector a student can choose between Line, Area, Column, Bar and Scatter charts. (Suggestion: To save on ink in your color printer avoid using the Area chart)

Getting started:

The purpose of this tutor is to help beginners learn the key positions without having to look at the keypad. Looking at the keypad while using this application will only increase the length of time it takes to accomplish your skill. NOTHING BAD HAPPENS IF YOU PRESS THE WRONG KEY. It's OK to make a mistake as long as you are forcing yourself to look away from the keypad.

If you really desire to learn the keypad by touch, this page will be a very valuable tool, if you use it correctly.

Finger Placement:

Place your index finger on the [4]-key, your middle finger on the [5]-key, and your ring finger on the [6]-key. Your little finger should be resting above the [Enter]-key and your thumb should be resting above the Zero-key. The first lesson simply covers the first three keys ([4], [5], and [6]). These keys comprise what is known as the Home Row. As you progress through the series of lessons you will be expected to reach up from the home row, as well as down from the home row, to press keys located away from the home row. Think of all of the keys as being in a set of four columns.

To Start

Start your lesson by selecting a lesson from the drop-down list. If you are new at this, begin by selecting "Lesson One, Home Row". After your lesson is loaded onto your computer continue by clicking on the "Begin Lesson" button. Then, place your hand over the keypad and, without looking at your hand, press the key which corresponds to the key on the screen displaying a RED dot. The Num-Lock key displayed on the screen will let you know if you have pressed the correct key.


The keypad includes one key that is never used: The [Num-Lock]-key. It is a left-over (backwards compatible) key from the days before the editing keys were placed between the alpha-numeric keyboard and the keypad.

The graphic display of the [Num-Lock] key is used in this application to immediately respond to your key-press. When you press the correct key it will appear with a yellow background and the words "WOW GOOD." When you press the wrong key its background turns to green and the words, "BAD BAD" appear. There is no need to look at your fingers as you key. The [Num-Lock]-key tells you the same thing your eyes would tell you.


DO NOT PRESS YOUR NUM-LOCK KEY! If you accidentally press the Num-Lock key this application will stop responding. (If you do accidentally press the Num-Lock key, simply press it a second time to return to normal functioning.)

Thank you!

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