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Scanning words letter by letter

By Adrian Davids

Reading through and fully understand a document sometimes require one to scan particular words letter by letter. The Arrow keys on the Num Pad allows one to do just that. Let’s look at placing your fingers on the 4, 5 and 6, often called the Home Row
to perform this task.

Find your favourite document, book or page and find a word you’d like to use for this exercise. Let us begin once you have done so.

Home Row finger placement

  1. Place your index finger on the 4, [left arrow] of the home row.
  2. Place your middle finger on the 5, [has a bit of a bump on it.
  3. Place your ring finger on the 6, [right arrow.] of the home row.]

Moving through each character

Now that we have the finger placement, let us see how to manipulate these keys.

  1. To move one letter to the left, press num pad 4. [left arrow]
  2. To speak the letter that you are on, press num pad 5. [the one with the bump]
  3. To speak the letter phonetically, press num pad 5 twice quickly. [the one with the bump]
  4. To move one letter to the right, press num pad 6. [right arrow]

Now you know how to scan a word by passing through its characters one by one in order to get its spelling. Next, we’ll look at Reading by word


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