Home row keys

The home row keys are the row of keys on the computer keyboard your fingers rest on when not typing. For example, on the standard QWERTY United States keyboard, the home row keys for your left hand are A, S, D, and F and your right hand are J, K, l, and ; (semicolon). For both hands, the thumbs rest on the spacebar. By positioning your hands properly on the home row keys you can memorize where all other keys on the keyboard are located.

Hands on home row keys on computer keyboard

Why should fingers be placed on home row keys?

Placing your fingers on the home row keys helps increase your typing speed because of the ability to access all other keys by moving your fingers up or down to keys on the other rows. Faster typing relies on each finger pressing specific keys that are nearby, without having to move your whole hand or other fingers.

What are all the keys accessible on the home row?

Your left pointing finger is also used to press the G key, and your left pinky presses the Caps Lock key. On your right hand, in addition to the J, K, L, and ; (Semicolon) key your right pointing finger is also used to press the H key, and your right pinky presses the ' (single quote) and Enter keys. Also, pressing and holding the left Shift key while pressing the ; key allows you to type a : (colon) and pressing ' types a " (quote).

How many letters on the home row keys?

On a QWERTY keyboard there are nine letters (A, S, D, F, G, H, J, K, and L) on the home row. On a Dvorak keyboard there are ten letters A, O, E, U, I, D, H, T, N, and S on the home row.

What are the home row keys on a Dvorak keyboard?

On the Dvorak United States keyboard, the home row keys on your left hand are A, O, E, and U and your right hand are H, T, N, and S, with the thumbs resting on the spacebar.

While it has been suggested that Dvorak keyboard users can type faster than QWERTY keyboard users, it really depends on each user. Some users are just naturally faster at typing than others, regardless of the type of keyboard used.

What are the home row keys of the numeric keypad?

The home row keys of the numeric keypad are 4, 5, and 6.

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Also see: Home key, Keyboard terms, Top row keys