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.

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.

The screen layout of this application has deliberately placed the tutorial in the upper-left-hand corner, as far away from the keypad as possible. Hopefully, this will discourage you from glancing back and forth with your eyes.

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.


Each time you begin a lesson the tutor provides you with 100 randomly-selected key-strokes. You will be timed during each lesson. You may terminate a lesson early by pressing the RESTART button. As you exit each lesson you are provided with a summary of the results.

This application sets the bar for moving foward from one lesson to the next at:

  1. 100 characters per minute
  2. 95% accuracy
You will be notified when you reach that level, and, you should move to the next level at that time. You may move forward sooner if you wish, but, it is not recommended.


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.

The Test:

You will be ready to use the Ten-Key Test once you have completed all of the lessons in the tutorial. The test results will display the percentage of characters you keyed correctly as well as the speed at which you keyed. You have the options to choose whether to be tested on all of the keys in the keypad, or, only the numberical keys, as well as the number of characters presented in each series. This option ranges from two, up to six characters.

Remember! The whole purpose of an application such as this it to help you learn to key without looking at your fingers. Therefore, KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE SCREEN! Don't look back-and-forth between the keypad and the screen. You only prolong your agony by doing so. You'll see! If you drive a car, remember when you first started? You looked down at the floor to determine where the gas-pedal, brake, and clutch were located. After a few miles of driving you no longer looked at the floor again to speed up or stop. You can do the same with your fingers. It may take a bit longer because you have more fingers than you do legs and the keyboard has a few more brakes and gas-pedals than your car, but the principle is the same.

Also, have fun learning . . . !

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