Advantage of Touch Typing Over Hunt-and-Pecking

What is the difference and advantage of touch typing over hunt-and-pecking?

Hi there,

If you aren’t using the touch-typing method, you are likely hunting and pecking. Hunt and peck typists generally use only a few fingers to type and frequently look down at the keyboard to find key locations.

A practiced touch typist can type with much more accuracy, focus, and speed than a hunt and peck typist. When you don’t have to look at the keyboard to type, you can concentrate more on the material you are copying, or listen more closely to the presentation being given.

You can also look at the screen while typing and identify errors as they appear. Editing on the go can improve accuracy and prevent future mistakes.

Best Regards,
Aidan Bernales
Community Moderator at Typesy

Hi Mariyah,

Using two or three fingers to hunt and peck takes much longer and allows for the development of bad habits. It is much better to keep your hands still and allow for efficient use of all fingers. Touch typing involves the specific placements of all eight fingers and both thumbs; once muscle memory is strong enough, this style allows for the typist to focus on the screen rather than the keyboard.

Alex (The Reimagined Classroom Teacher)