Left and Right Shift Keys

By sinistro25 - updated: 6 hours, 18 minutes ago - 6 messages

Hello guys, I just learned the other day that there are two shift keys so you can press it with one hand while you press the letter key you want with the other hand. So if I type "K" I should press the left shift, but if I type "D" I should press the right shift.
I personally always use the left shift key and was wondering if I should learn this left/right shift technique, what do you guys think? Do you use it? Did you notice an improvement on your speed when you start using it? Was it hard to get used to?
By dademan87 - posted: 3 weeks, 5 days ago

In order to type correctly, I think that this is absolutely a requirement. You will notice that if you go through any free online typing lessons that it will teach you to utilize both of the shift keys. I highly recommend going through touch typing lessons and going through them more than once. I type a lot in my career and going from roughly 45 wpm to 70-120 (largely dependent on what I am typing) has made a huge impact in my life. Good luck.
By alexnguyen11 - posted: 3 weeks, 2 days ago

I've never really thought about which shift I used, but now I notice I exclusively use the right shift key. Not sure why, but even trying the left one seems odd to me. Technically incorrect, I know, but I'd say it's a matter of just finding what works best for you. I'm averaging about 155wpm, using right shift only.
By ze_or_qwerty - posted: 3 weeks, 2 days ago

In theory you are suppose to use the shift key opposite to the hand typing the capital key. I for one don't care and bind my shift to a thumb key.
By 31500896 - posted: 4 days, 2 hours ago

I usually only use the left shift when typing capital letters but I use the right shift for typing the question mark or exclamation. Not really sure if there's supposed to be a proper placement/usage for it though.
By pablosorbach - posted: 3 days, 19 hours ago

It depends on what your technique is. Traditional 10 finger typing requires that the same key is pressed by the same finger every time, if you only use your left shift you wouldn't be able to capitalize A, Q and Z nor use "!".
Some people reserve they left pinky just for shift and type a, q, z or 1 with their ring finger (usually gamers who are used to placing their fingers in WASD). There is no need to use the right shift in this situation.
Also some people prefer to turn CapsLock on or off to capitalize. (Sean Wrona, but he's on another dimension completely)
If you're going for traditional 10 finger typing, then it is a must. If not, you know you and are the only one who can see if it will be beneficial given your actual technique.
Updated 3 days, 19 hours ago
By may20 - posted: 6 hours, 18 minutes ago

I seem to be stuck on 30 -39 wpm and not moving from there, any tips?