This is one of the most important lessons in the course. Learning to use the shift keys without losing your home row orientation is one of the most important, and difficult skills you have to learn to become a typing hero!!

The shift key is pressed by the pinky finger on the hand opposite to the one hitting the key.

So, if you are typing a capital A, S, D, F or G use the shift key on the right side of the keyboard, with the right pinky finger. If you are typing capital H, J, K, L or the colon use the left shift key with the left pinky finger. Simple!

Ok, now for a little training. Using the shift keys is a bit tricky at first, so I'd like you to do a little exercise called The Shift Key Shuffle. There are 3 parts, and they will link back to here when you're finished so you can do the final exercise at the bottom of this page.

Do the Shift Key Shuffle!

Back from doing all 3 Shift Key Shuffles?? Ok, now you're ready for the real deal. Here is this lesson's exercise that uses real words and acronyms.

When you have a word where every letter is capitalized, you can hold the same shift key down for all letters, even if some of the letters are using the same hand as the one holding the shift key. Or, you can change shift keys for each letter -- your choice!

This is the hardest thing in the course so far, so please don't get frustrated, and DON'T give up!! You can do this with just a little practice!

Jaffa jags sass; : ha SAA S AD F Alaska Lass HAL gas: has; G K Hall as: J ADA AAAS AS Glass Dad D hah; L Dallas Kafka as; add; flag: lad: A H Flask saga; Gag: ; FDA Sad Jaffas

If the above exercise isn't working for you, please click here.

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