Along with replacing your computer mouse, getting a new keyboard can come with quite a difficult adjustment period for many people. There can be many different reasons for this.
Everything from different size keyboards and keys, to going from a membrane style keyboard to mechanical keys, or getting a gaming keyboard for the first time can cause some initial frustration as you get used to your new hardware.
That’s exactly why we’ve put together this brief article that aims to give you some helpful tips on how to get used to a new keyboard.
Just as with purchasing a new mouse, what you mainly use your computer for will often determine how long it takes you to adjust to any new hardware.
If the majority of your computer use is just reading the daily news or checking your Facebook feed for the latest updates, you’ll probably feel comfortable using just about any kind of keyboard.
On the other hand, if you primarily use your computer for mouse and keyboard gaming or if you do a lot of writing on your computer, the differences between keyboards can be quite glaring for you.
When you first purchased your computer, the included accessories were probably more than enough to suit your needs. Over time, however, as your needs evolve, you might begin to look into more specialized hardware replacements.
The group that most often has an interest in upgrading their hardware tends to be PC gamers. There’s generally two types of gaming keyboards available—membrane style and mechanical keyboards. We’ve covered these types of keyboard extensively on this site already, but needless to say, when you first begin using one, there can be an adjustment period.
This applies to non-gamers as well. Even replacing a traditional keyboard with another one that is similar can come with a brand new learning curve. It takes time for muscle memory when typing to kick in. So, with that being said, let’s take a look at a few ways to help speed up that process.
The first tip that we have for you is to simply spend a few moments looking over your keyboard. Are the keys further apart than on your previous keyboard? Is there a numpad included? Switching from using a numpad to having to input numbers along the top of the keyboard can take quite some getting used to for many people.
This is especially important if your new keyboard is designed for gaming, as they often include several additional buttons to help with macros. Get used to where these extra buttons are located on the keyboard and how to quickly reach them.
Next up, it’s a good idea to open up a notepad app and simply begin typing. It doesn’t matter what you write (just make sure you are typing real words!), just start typing and let it flow. In the beginning, you’ll probably make lots of typos and feel a bit frustrated. Take your time at first, look at the keyboard as often as you have to, and gradually begin to look at it less and less as you grow more comfortable.
Once you begin to get more used to typing, it might be a good idea to start taking some timed typing tests. Just like when you first started using the keyboard, you may struggle a little bit at first. After a few attempts though, you should quickly get the hang of it.
If you’ll mostly be using your keyboard for computer gaming, then the best way to quickly adapt is to just dive in and start playing. Through trial and error, you should quickly get the hang of things, and before long, you’ll be back to climbing your way up the leaderboards!
Other than practicing your typing, quite often it just takes a little bit of time to get accustomed to using your new hardware. After a week or two of consistently typing on your keyboard, you will probably be well adapted and using it like an old pro.
Don’t let it bother you if you’re taking a bit of time to adjust to using a new keyboard. It’s perfectly normal and it can be an adjustment period for a lot of people. The important thing to remember is that practice makes perfect! The more time you spend using your new keyboard, the quicker you’ll adjust to using it. So, get to typing!