How to Use a Typewriter

by Contributor ; Updated September 26, 2017

How to Use a Typewriter. A typewriter? Despite the prevalence of computers, typewriters are great for printed forms, envelopes and other stuff it's difficult to get a computer to print on. There's also a certain joy in receiving a letter typed on good bond paper.

If it's an electric typewriter, turn it on.

Flip up the paper guide and place a piece of paper behind the roller.

Roll the paper into place.

Push the button on the end of the roller to free the paper for minor adjustments.

Adjust the paper and press the button again to tighten the roller.

Set the line spacing with the lever above the typewriter's keys or behind the roller.

Place your hands on the keys, with your index fingers on the F and J keys and your pinkies on the A and semicolon keys.

Type precisely and deliberately until you hear the margin bell (if there is one).

Push the carriage return lever from left to right, or press Enter on an electric typewriter, and begin typing again.

Continue until you reach the bottom of the paper.

If you make a mistake, use correction fluid or erase it (if you used erasable paper) and type over the mistake.

Repeat with a new piece of paper.

Items you will need

  • Typewriter Paper

  • Typewriters

  • Correction Fluid

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