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Lesson 12: The p/P and q/Q keys

Typing Lessons | P and Q

This typing lesson will teach you how to touch type with the Q and P keys. Both capital and lower-case letters are included in this lesson. To type a capital, hit shift at the same time as you hit the letter. If you already know the keyboard, try our our alphabet drills or number drills for more relevant practice exercises.


  • Begin with your fingers on the home row.
  • Your right pinky finger is resting on the ';' key, reach up from there to find the 'P' key. (see keys highlighted below)
  • The 'Q' key is above the 'A' key (under your left pinky finger), reach up from there to hit it. (see keys highlighted below)
  • image of keyboard with p and q keys highlighted
  • Once you learn where these keys are, try to type them without looking at your fingers. To make a capital letter, press the shift key with the pinky finger of your other hand at the same time as you press the letter key. Scroll down if needed to type the following:
  • When you feel confident you can type these keys without looking, go on to the next lesson.
  • Other Typing Lessons:

    Start at the Beginning | Previous Lesson (B and V) | Next Lesson (X and Z) | Learn the Number Keys | Learn the Symbol Keys

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