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Backtick QWERTY and QWERTZ (Key that's been marked with red border. It's a dead key by default.) AZERTY France (Alt Gr + Key that's been marked with red border) AZERTY Belgium (Alt Gr + Key that's been marked with red border) Forwardtick AZERTY Belgium (Alt Gr + Key that's been marked with red border) Alt codes There are no forwardtick ...


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You need to be able to touch type, otherwise a part of your attention is on the keyboard and not on the problem. Once you can touch type (even if only 40 words/minute) without thinking about it you will not gain any additional advantage while programming. After that the bottleneck is how fast you can think.


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Use an editor with auto-complete functionality?


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This is called PalmCheck. To disable this, go to Mouse Properties in Control Panel, select the Device Settings tab, select the Synaptics Clickpad or similar device in the list and click Settings, and under PalmCheck in PalmCheck-Enhanced, drag the slider down towards Off.


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In Microsoft Office 2007 you can use the Change Case button on the Home tab. If that is not what you are looking for you will need to add more details to your question.


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When you've had caps lock on by mistake, highlight the words you typed and press Shift+F3. Pressing Shift+F3 repeatedly swaps between upper case, title case and lower case. eg. if you type: tHIS IS A TEST. ... then select all the text and press Shift+F3: This IS A TEST. ... then press Shift+F3 again: THIS IS A TEST. ... and Shift+F3 again: this is a ...


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Many young programmers think that their bottleneck is typing speed. After some experience one realizes that it is not the case, you have to think much more than type. I'd argue that most programmers don't know how to program (example) but yes, it's much more important to think rather than just type frantically away. At some point my ...


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That would be GNU Typist.


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Run this in Terminal: defaults write -g ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool false


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Sounds like you might want to consider a mechanical keyboard. Pressing keys is generally lighter, and the recognizable 'click' you hear when the key is pressed will allow you to stop pushing the keys further. If you want to go all-in, consider the Model S Ultimate Keyboard. Not only is this a very solid, durable mechanical keyboard, but it also has no ...


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In Windows it's alt+0133 on the numberpad.


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I think your mother needs to make a value judgement as to whether typing or nails are more important to her. You can't always have it both ways in this life. ;)


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You don't mention what your current typing speed is, or what your goal is. "Much higher" has entirely different connotations to a(n) secretary administrative assistant than it does to a coder or even a network administrator. At my best as a coder, I was hitting the 60-70 WPM range, and that was fine. Now that I'm back in network adminning, I've probably ...


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You should really specify what OS your young friend will be using, to help responders. Given the remark about lack of funds, I assume your young friend will use free software instead of paying M$ for a proprietary system. Under gnu/linux there is a plethora of such software. Just three examples amongst the many others: ktouch klavaro nlkt EDIT: as you ...


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Using a programmable foot pedal could help you out a bit.


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I just got the solution by myself. Go to System -> Preferences -> Keyboard Shortcuts; Select the row Hide all normal windows and set focus to the desktop; Press Alt+D or any other combination; Kill your current vncserver connection by vncserver -kill :1; Restart it by vncserver :1; Re-connect it from your VNC client. Problem solved. Peter


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In my experience with a current IDE you actually type very little, intellisense or whatever your IDE of choice has does most of the actual text. Programming is problem solving, how fast you can write it down does of course affect your performance, but only if it's the bottleneck. Often figuring out the problem, or the most efficient way of solving it is ...


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Jeff Atwood's post We are typists first, programmers second is a pretty good answer to this.


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What is really important is the force and consistency of the force necessary to push a key, and the way it pushes back. They keys have to slide, without friction, which excludes most cheap keyboards which have a high friction mechanism for positioning each key. Yes, in most keyboards you can't check that until you try them. And usually low profile keyboards ...


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You should clarify what fast and what slow means. According to this article an average computer user does above 30WPM. Typing fast on a keyboard is at least a two part thing. I'll try to explain myself: Keyboard layout The layout of the letters you're using is important. Almost everyone uses QWERTY layout, but It's not designed for speed. You could ...


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Since disabling SmartSense didn't solve the problem for me, I had to go all Morpheus on this hole. (Popped both blue and red.) After much toil and bickering with various forms of Sony's Support, I gave up and tried messing with the Registry. After some failed attempts to disable the Synaptics filter driver that's attached to the keyboard, I found something ...


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Fast typing has a huge impact on all kinds of development effort - especially coding and hacking. Plus you get the documentation done quickly and that leaves more you time to be on SuperUser and StackOverflow.


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There's an online Dvorak typing tutor. It basically just follows you through repeating patterns of letters and gradually introduces more letters and builds up words from the letters you've learnt so far. (Just click on "Lessons" in the menu along the top, and select which lesson you want to start with)


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See this thread : How do you type with long nails? Apparently it's quite possible to type despite long nails and without any mechanical aid such as pencils. One just has to hold the hands at the right angle and use the pads of the fingers. It seems to take some training, but is then quite efficient (although not as much as when typing with clipped nails).


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The game, Typing of the Dead. Wiki entry Coding horror review


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I'm not a great typist, but I'm a highly skilled piano player. To play the piano it is important to curve your fingers so as to use your fingertips for accuracy. Of course, it is easier if you keep your nails short. I have found this greatly increases my accuracy when typing. EDIT: also, we don't aim for "speed" until the last step. We aim for accuracy. ...


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Voice recognition system maybe?


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Had an interview once where just before the end of the interview the guy gave me a random sheet of paper and had me type it for him, just to see if I could touch type. Of course I could because I spent 2 years as a tele-type relay operator, but apparently that's important to some people. Right now, I'm a programmer and for the last 2 years my IBM model-m ...


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(removed the old unused stuff) Edit: For Linux (Gnome), press and hold ctrl+shift, then type "u", and afterwards you enter the hex unicode value. In Linux it seems to be 398.



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