17+ Proper typing posture tips


Are you a writer? An editor? An accountant?

Someone who types for a living?

Lengthy sitting periods and long hours of typing can be more damaging than manual labor.

That’s why proper typing posture is so important.

Years of improper typing posture can lead to repetitive strain injury (RSI) such as carpal tunnel syndrome.

You’d wish you had done something about it then, but it will be too late.

Just do it now.

Proper keyboarding posture is not hard to achieve, but you need to be mindful until you get used to it.

Here, follow these guidelines, and you should be fine.

Correct way to type – 2021 tips

  1. Your feet should be flat on the floor. Use a footrest if they’re not.
  2. The position of your wrists should be straight and neutral. Do not tilt your wrists up or down.
  3. Keep your elbows at an open angle (90-110 degrees).
  4. Place your keyboard just below the level of your elbows.
  5. Avoid resting your wrists on the desk.
  6. Relax your arms and shoulders.
  7. The top of your computer screen should be at eye level.
  8. Take frequent breaks.
  9. Don’t look at the keyboard while typing. Keep your head straight and focus on the screen.
  10. When using a wrist pad, only support your palms on it and not your wrists.
  11. Rest your back against the chair.
  12. Keep your fingers relaxed when typing.
  13. Type on a keyboard, not on your phone.
  14. Keep your mouse and keyboard close together.
  15. Use keyboard shortcuts for repetitive tasks.
  16. Type lightly, don’t bang the keyboard.
  17. Align the keyboard with the center of the screen.
  18. For laptop work, consider using an external keyboard.

Proper typing posture: chair

Yes, the first step towards achieving a healthy typing position is adopting the correct sitting posture. Rest your back against the chair. It’s best if your chair has height adjustment and lower back support.

Keep your knees at or slightly below hip level. The back of your knees should not touch the front edge of the seat pan.

Keep your back and your neck straight. Make sure to rest your feet flat on the floor. If you can’t reach it for some reason, use a footrest.

Don’t lean forward and distribute your body weight equally on both hips.

Ergonomic keyboard position

It’s only natural that the keyboard is your essential tool for typing, thus the most critical object you need to set up on your desk.

Here’s how to do ergonomic typing:

  • Avoid leaning on your hands or wrists
  • Place your wrists in line with your forearms
  • Keep your elbows close to your sides
  • Take a break from typing once every 30 minutes
  • Stretch at least once every 60 minutes
  • Center the keyboard in front of you and align it with the center of the monitor
  • The position of your wrists should be straight and neutral
  • Use an external keyboard if you work on a laptop

Yeah, I know that following all these rules may feel a bit uncomfortable. Some people say good posture hurts, and there is some truth to that. However, once you pass the initial adaptation period, you’ll feel much better.

It’s similar to healthy eating. At first, you feel hungry and crave the junk food you stopped, but you start feeling healthier and happier after some time, totally forgetting about your bad old habits.

Proper typing posture laptop

Working on a laptop is very different from working on a PC in terms of ergonomics and typing position. Laptops have their own keyboards, and most people use them, even though it’s not always the best choice.

Step-by-step guide on how to type on a laptop ergonomically:

  1. Use an external keyboard – there are no two ways about it. The built-in laptop keyboard is very far from ideal to use, especially for long hours of typing. The external keyboard, even the plainest, is better for you, as it’s full-sized. It also allows you to maintain distance from the screen – it should be at least an arm away from your face, or 25 inches (64 cm).
  2. Work with a wireless mouse – the same principle as with the keyboard. Don’t rely on the laptop’s touchpad. A wireless mouse will make it much easier and more comfortable to work, not to mention it’s easier to carry around.
  3. Get a laptop stand – an easy and convenient way to maximize your working experience. Sure, you can use a stack of books or a box to raise your laptop, but a laptop stand is much more comfortable. It allows you to position the screen so that the top is at eye level. This way, you don’t have to strain your neck to look down.
  4. Do wrist stretches – there are all kinds of stretching exercises for your wrists. Don’t underestimate the effects of doing nice stretches. Stretching can prevent injuries, relieve pain and make you feel better, in general.

Things you should avoid at all costs include working on the laptop in your bed, couch, or on the floor. Just focus on your work when you work and leave the other stuff for when you’re resting.

I know it may sound tempting to work on the couch cuddling with your dog or cat, but it will not be good for your neck, back, and wrists.

Typing hand position

Let’s take a look at some handy typing advice (pun intended).

Finger placement

The proper way to place your fingers on the keyboard is:

Place your left hand on the left side of the keyboard, and your right hand on the right side, with the T G B keys being the divider.

Left-hand fingers: pinky on A, ringer on S, middle finger on D, index finger on F.

Right-hand – pinky on ; (semicolon), ringer on L, middle finger on K, index finger on J.

Rest both thumbs on the space bar.

Neutral wrist position

Straight and neutral is the proper wrist position for typing. Do not tilt your wrists up or down, as it will create tension, which can lead to severe health conditions in the long run.

If your wrists get tired quickly, you can consider using a wrist rest or a palm rest. Just remember that wrist pads, counterintuitively, are not ideal for resting your wrists. It’s actually a place to rest the fleshy part of your palms.

Mechanical keyboard

comfortable. Have you thought about using a mechanical keyboard?

What’s that

Well, a mechanical keyboard uses mechanical switches beneath every key. Ordinary or membrane keyboards have keys resting on membranes that send a signal when pressed.

The significant difference between the two is that you get the actual sensation of hitting the keys with a mechanical keyboard. It does feel more satisfying, and it’s no wonder both gamers and regular typists prefer mechanical keyboards.

Proper posture at desk: additional tips

Don’t type on your phone

It’s okay to type on your phone from time to time, but it’s only okay if it’s a short message. Leave the long responses and emails for when you can use a keyboard.

Typing on the phone promotes bad posture, as your head is tilted down and your wrists and shoulders are under constant pressure.

Take frequent breaks

No matter what you do, there’s no avoiding this step. Ideally, you should take a break from typing once every 20-30 minutes. Use the break to stretch your wrists, walk around the office, drink water, or eat an apple.

Type lightly and look at the screen

Whether you bang the enter button or you press it gently, the result will be the same. So there’s no point in taking out your frustration on the keyboard. You’ll either break it or hurt your fingers.

Something else to avoid at all costs is looking at the keyboard while typing. It slows you down, lowers your accuracy, and it’s bad for your head because of the continuous up and down movement.


Now that you know all there is to know about proper typing posture, it’s time to start practicing. It may seem a bit unnatural at first, but you will start feeling the benefits once you get used to it.

Proper keyboarding posture can improve your workflow and lead to better health and productivity.

And it will save you a lot of medical taxes, pain, and time off from work.

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