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A few weeks ago, I did a Google Images search for keyboard finger charts to see which fingers I'm supposed to be using to type which keys. According to the charts, '6' is supposed to be typed with the right hand:

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However, today I spotted a split keyboard in a store with the '6' on the left side of the split. Indeed, an image search for split keyboards indicates that this is the norm:

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When doing touch typing "correctly", should I go with the finger charts (type 6 with my right hand), or should I go with the split keyboards (type 6 with my left hand)?

<troll> Is this just another example of Microsoft not following the standards? </troll>

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I was taught (way back when) to use my left hand, like the Natural keyboard shows. But recently while using a Dvorak typing tutor (where the number row is unchanged) it suggested that I use the right hand for the 6, which I now find much easier. – fideli Jan 8 '11 at 22:58
@fideli 6 is closer to F compared to J so why using right hand is much easier? – zainengineer Apr 7 '15 at 2:48
Based on viewing the different images and split keyboards, I believe that you are supposed to type the 6 with your right hand. I think the split keyboards put the 6 on the left side because it splits the keyboard in half more evenly (since the 6 is almost directly above the B). I use a split keyboard and wish they had put the 6 on the right. – wisbucky Apr 7 '15 at 20:37
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Keyboard typing methods were invented way after the layout was invented. This is really personal preference. Just like how I type the C with my index finger instead of my middle finger.

In other words, whichever it is you like. Heck, add it as a speech command if you like so that you don't have to worry about wondering which fingering to use.

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I do the c with my index finger too. And I was typing 120 WPM in the third grade, yet the teacher still insisted on 'correcting' my technique. – ThinkingInBits Jan 29 '14 at 13:48
I type c with my index finger, x with my middle finger, z with my ring finger. And yeah, b with my right index finger. – thiru Nov 25 '15 at 12:39

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