What is your most common keyboarding error?

For me, it is probably typing “m” instead of “,”, followed closely by hitting caps lock when going for the “a”. (Especially frustrating, as I am NOT a touch typist, and end up typing several words in CAPS…)

How about you?

And if willing, what is your typing ability?

Me, I type pretty much all day, and have for the past 30+ years, but I never learned to touch type. Instead, I look at the keyboard most of the time, and primarily use 2 fingers, with assists by any/all other fingers in certain situations. Despite my limited typing ability, I’ve always been one of the top producers in my jobs, so I never felt the need/desire to improve my typing to be even more efficient.

I type very fast, well over 80 words per minute, sometimes breaking 100 if I am not thinking about what I am typing and just transposing something written. Before spellcheck, I tended to have very few typos. Now I type a bit faster, and then go back over and edit all the words with squiggly lines under them. I am a touch typist, and only glance down at my fingers when I am first lining them up, otherwise I sometimes start typing smf oy ;ppld ;olr yjid*, because my fingers are off by a key.

My biggest mistake is transposition of letters, especially ones where the letters on the different hands, like “becuase”, rather than “because”, and for some reason, I often find myself using “of” instead of “or”.

*“and it looks like this”

Mine is not letting go of the shift button fast enough. SO sentences start like this.

I type fast and correctly. I tend to type too fast when I am in a hurry and unwanted letters start to show up, especially letters typed in incorrect order. Also, I may skip some. But in general, I type fast and well.

My left hand seems to type faster than my right so, for example, if I am typing ham it will often be spelled ahm. Languid as lagnuid


If a word has the letter “k” in it, I sometimes type it twice. “Wacky” will come out as “wackky.” I have no idea why I do this and I’m not aware of it while it’s happening. It’s not the keyboard—I have two computers at home and it happens with both of them.

This. Plus this:

About 70% of my the come off my fingers as teh. Word’s / Outlook’s autocorrect makes that mistake transparent in all my other written work, which just reinforces me making it. This web page and browser combo doesn’t do that, so all teh teh’s come shining brightly through. Ugh!

Don’t get me started on the onscreen keyboard on my phone.

I also type a lot of tehs and adns. Another common one is the premature spacebar (using my thumbs in addition to my 2 fingers. So “not here” comes out as “no there”.

Other people draft a lot of my work which I ultimately sign. It makes editing considerably more challenging when lazy people rely on spellcheck as a substitute for proofreading.

Are you sure you’re not me? Or I’m not you? Those are my next most common typos.

At least for me, the misplaced spacebar seem especially common if the first word ends in “t”.


At least it’s not three!


Not here on the 'Dope, but most word processors have a setting to detect and autocorrect that. At a minimum you can use “change case” to shove the whole thing to lower case with a single leading uppercase in each sentence then go back and fix any remaining oddities, like I or SCOTUS or …

On our tablets at work. They don’t have a caps lock key (you have to use a key combo, ctrl-something). Every time I hit that key, it brings up a menu that I have to get rid of by hitting esc.

Yeah, that’s my dog’s favorite key to hit when he hops up on the desk.

I don;t know what you;re taking about.

I have a lot more nerve damage feeding my left arm than my right, which has changed the relative time it takes impulses to reach my two hands. Therefore in spellings where the typing switches from one hand to the other I often get the letters out of order. My brain sent them in the right order, but one made it to the keyboard sooner than the other. That’s what the neurologist thought, anyway, based on the level of damage.

Typing “of” for “or” and vice versa.

I am not a trained touch typist, but I have been typing since I was about 8 years old, use all my fingers, and look down only at the end of every line. That’s probably a habit I got from typing on a mechanical typewriter, when I looked down every time I used the carriage return. Oh, I also look down if I need to do something like use a control-code, for example, for the “degree” symbol. I look down for the “page up,” “page down” keys, because I use more than one laptop, and those keys are laid out differently-- one is a very small laptop, with a compact keyboard, and the other is much bigger, with a keyboard almost like a regular keyboard.

Me in a nutshell.:peanuts: over and over and over again.

VERY common with me for some reason is “remembeber” for remember.

Another is even though I consciously hit the shift key to capitalize, about two thirds of them are fails that come out in lower case, which need to be subsequently corrected. Either my shift key coordination is not very coordinated, or it’s just my cheap ass HP keyboard that perhaps needs the key to be struck harder and for longer for the input to register.