Typing Tutors

Many years ago, in the era of the BBC Micro, I taught myself to touch type using a program called VuType. One of my clients recently asked whether I could recommend a current typing tutor program. Unsurprisingly, there are many around. Has anyone got any particular recommendations?

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  • Anecdote:  Many years ago (when an unqualified Audit Senior) - just as PCs were becoming available to privileged staff in the firm's Computer Audit Group - I was asked to evaluate and report to the CAG partner on some new 'pre-audit software' (a revolutionary concept at the time!).  I had to use it on a disparate group of clients that each had their own accounting systems and, therefore, chart of accounts.  This necessitated inputting the entire chart of accounts for each company.  It was taking me so long - looking up then down, over and over again - I decided that, for that exercise alone, it was worth my learning to touch-type.  Being a pianist, I thought it shouldn't present too much of a challenge.  So I enquired of a secretary in the typing pool (which fingers for which keys) - and I never looked back ... down!

    A couple of years on from this, I discovered what I think was the go-to learning software at the time: Mavis Bacon.  I even recommended it to my daughters many years later.  I think it's been much improved from when I first used it!

    On their website, it says, "Mavis beacon is a popular typing software that most commonly use for educational purpose. There is no free download for the latest version but its older versions are given for free. Most schools, popular or less known, in rural or in urban areas are using this typing software to let their students know the proper ways of typing."

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