I've been typing for a lot of years and have worked in jobs where typing is one of my main job duties for the last 20 years. In fact, I type so much that most of the letters are rubbed off my keyboard, so it's a good thing I can type without looking at the keys;)
Don't worry, it will happen! Just keep on practicing. You'll find someday that looking at the keyboard will cause you to make mistakes! Once your fingers learn the keys, they'll know where to go. It becomes almost like reading; some words your hand will type before you even know it's typing it--similar to the way our eyes skim past simple, common words like "the" and "and"--let your fingers do the typing;)
Everyone can. (my first language is spanish, sorry for the mistakes). You have to feel the keyboard. There are two little marks in the f and the j, they help you to know where are you while typing without looking the keyboard. And every single button must be touched with a special finger. See the next image:
With enough practice, anyone can type without looking at the keyboard, which is the main objective of touch-typing. I learned to touch-type when I was eight years old with rigid training from my father who is a computer engineer. Now I am thirteen and my speed is still no further than 95 WPM which is the fastest that I've gone. Anyway, good luck to you on training yourself in touch-typing!
I don't even know when I learned to type without looking at the keyboard. I've been typing for so long, it's just natural for me to type without looking down at my fingers. I think, probably, around ten or eleven. But, I can't put a certain date on it.
You can easily do it. Depending on how much time you spend on the computer, you can do it without looking. Some people may say they can never do it, but it surprising what happens when they try do it for the first time.'
When I type on AZERTY, I look always the keyboard. Il learn new ergonomic keyboard layout and now I can type without looking. Try the Dvorak keyboard layout, which is easy to learn and more comfortable.
I've been able to do it since 2009, probably because I've been using computers and typing in general for a long time. Sometimes I will glance the keyboard, but I generally don't look, especially when I'm taking a typing test here.
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i used to go to a private school where it is mandatory for you to learn how use a proper typewriter. from 4th grade when i was 10 yo to 3th grado of secondary school (15 yo) i had classes to learn how to use them.
when i passed to highschool they get rid of the typewriter and let you use PCs and you have to use a program that helps you count how fast you were using the keyboard and how many mistakes you made. kind of like this site hahaha.
but all in all it was pretty fun. and yes they teached us to use the machine and the keyboard without lookin down at it.
TL, DR: yes i can do it , was teached to use it like that
The only required typing practice for my K-12 education were a couple of games that we played a handful of times in elementary school (I still hunt and pecked) and a couple times in middle school.
I was probably only typing 20 WPM or so up until high school, when I started playing PC games... and then I got the hang of it pretty quickly! :D I tried switching to dvorak during my first year of college but wasn't patient enough lol
Just focus on getting a firm foundation to your typing form. I am by no means spectacular myself, but when I first started when I was very young to satiate my curiosity the main point I would say to drive is to simply learn the keyboard. You'll find the lessons here will have you repetitively using a series of 2-3 characters, and that's the best way to learn at first. Typing entire words before you know where the keys are will not yield you much result in the beginning, so you want to spend your earliest time on finding your posture, where your fingers go, which fingers you use for which keys, and so on. Once you get to the point where you don't have to look at the keys to go through the different home row lessons and so on, then the sky is your limit. Practice will be your only obstacle then.
I only look at the keyboard when spelling an unfamiliar, lengthy, or challenging word. Very rarely do I need to look at the keyboard. I type faster actually when I don't. My hand positioning may not even be textbook-middle-school-computer class (or maybe it is) but it's effective :)
Honestly, it's something that you need to do with practice. I've been typing since I was in 2nd grade, so I've been able to do it with ease ever since. At that time, I averaged 80 WPM without looking, in middle school I could average around a 120, and in high school I am currently averaging a 130. It's all down to how much you type and how much you practice. Remember the home row keys, and just allow your fingers to glide across the keyboard without even having to think.
I am very proud to say that, yes I can! Actually more impressive is when I can read a piece of paper, type it out, and not look at the screen and still make no mistakes. No one notices this but me but I'm proud of myself :)
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