Where should fingers be placed on the keyboard?

As can be seen in the picture below, your left-hand fingers should be resting over the A, S, D, and F keys and your right-hand fingers should be placed over the J, K, L, and ; keys. These keys are considered the home row keys. Your thumbs should either be in the air or very lightly lying on the space bar key.

Computer keyboard finger placement

What fingers press each key on the keyboard?

In the below table, we've listed the home row keys in the top blue bar and each of the keys that finger presses. As seen in this table, both pinkies, especially the right-hand pinky, are responsible for the most keys on the keyboard.

A S D F J K L ;
~ `
! 1
Tab
Q
Caps
A
Left Shift
Left Ctrl
Z
Windows key
Fn key
Option key
@ 2
W
S
X
# 3
E
D
C
$ 4
% 5
R
T
F
G
V
B
^ 6
& 7
Y
U
H
J
N
M
* 8
I
K
< ,
( 9
O
L
> .
) 0
P
; :
? /
- _
[ {
" '
Right Shift
+ =
] }
Delete
\ |
Enter
Right Ctrl

The thumbs are responsible for the space bar, each of the Alt keys on the keyboard, and the Windows key or Option key depending on your computer.

Should my palms be resting or should they be raised?

When typing your palms should be raised and not resting on any surface, including a wrist pad. In addition to not resting your palms on any surface, they should also be at a comfortable 10-30 degree angle. Raising or lowering your wrists too much in either direction or resting them while typing can cause stress and may lead to carpal tunnel.

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