Typing tips, how to make type faster and master the keyboard

1) Accuracy

I had been trying to improve my speed for months and I was not seeing much improvement. Once I slowed down and started being more accurate instead of trying to type faster I started seeing an increase in my typing speed. I feel more in control as well. I still have a way to go for my personal goal but am pleased to see that I am now improving and relaxing more.
Learn to be accurate first then improve speed. Because if you make mistakes all the time the longer it will take you to type. Every time you backspace takes longer than if you slow down just a tad so you can type accurately. I still makes a lot of mistakes but I realize when I slow down to be accurate I actually tend to type slightly faster.

2) Practice

For new typists: Practice. Get used to the home keys work to the point where you do not need to look at both what you are typing, or your fingers on the keyboard.

For advanced typists: Practice. Develop muscle memory for typing certain types of commonly used letter parings. Identify the combinations of letters for certain words that give you trouble and practice typing them in particular to the point where you no longer need to think when doing so.
My tip to improve your typing speed is to not only practice often, but practice correctly. Try to get rid of bad typing habits and replace them with good ones. For example, you should use every single finger when typing instead of relying on the use of fingers with which you're most comfortable. Full utilization of both hands is necessary to achieve your highest typing potential.

3) Stretching

When my wrists get stiff from typing, I grab my fingers with one hand and stretch out my arm to full length and pull on my fingers back slowly. I then, stretch my fingers by opening and closing them, bend my hands back and forth, and rotate my wrists.
if you feel a little sore on the fingers or knuckles, just put your arms up high, and wriggle your fingers (only do this if your fingers feel sore. ) and if your knuckles hurt just put your left hand into a fist and do the same with the right. With the bottom of your left fist, tap the knuckles on your right hand and vice versa.

4) Know your keyboard

My tip to improve your typing speed is to feel for the "F" and the "J". As most know, those are the letters you feel for first on the keyboard. As time goes by, and you learn how to type without looking, you will not even really have to "feel" for the "F" and the "J" you will just learn the keyboard.
It is also important to familiarize yourself with the keyboard you are using. - This is essential as, if you can map the keyboard out in your mind, you wont need to look away from the screen to locate the key you need. This would also minimize time spent between getting your many thoughts onto the screen before loosing them (again).
If you are typing 60 wpm or higher, and want to get better, and not get carpal tunnel: buy a mechanical keyboard. I use red switch that I bought for both gaming/typing, and after an hour of typing, my fingers still feel fine. I wouldn't recommend red for most typists--It doesn't have the feedback that other switch types have, and takes a while to get used to not bottoming out the keys all the time.

5) Rhythm

What is important is developing a rhythm, not to hurry, but to be accurate, first-priority. Speed comes naturally with practice and time. Further, one must push one's self to perform better, but acknowledging that efficiency only is established, along with effectiveness. In closing, one must learn to type only what one sees/reads; never change the words, unless, of course, it is an editing ... exercise/test. One only types what one sees or reads!

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Touch typing

Touch typing is typing without looking at the keyboard. The idea is to teach your fingers the location of each keys. The F and J keys have a raised bar or a dot allowing your finger to identify them. Once you have placed your two indexes on those keys, the other fingers are placed on the keys next to them.

In order to type fast you have to be careful about which finger to use to press a key. Take a look at the drawing below. Each color match a finger. For example the left index is light green and has to type only the light green keys.

typing test tips

Certain keys are special. ASDF and JKL; are the base positions for your fingers.Your fingers go from the base position to the key that you want to press.

A good first thing to do when your learn touch typing is to memorize the keyboard and create a mental map of the associated fingers. You have to be able to press any key without even thinking. For example if I say C you have to think move the middle finger down and press C instantly. You can only achieve this through practice. You have to build up the muscle memory of each fingers.

Key ideas

* Place your indexes on F and J
* A key has to pressed by the same finger all the time
* Don't look at the keyboard, your eyes should always look at the screen
* Go practice!

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User tips

theslowestsnail 2 hours, 28 minutes ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed isn't just practice. I worried about accuracy and would get stressed, so my 'practice' would just bore me, and make me tired. What really helped is a break, and take time off of any 'extreme' typing.

pnmulready1 1 week, 5 days ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to... do it more often and practice the hard stuff so that when it comes up, you do not stumble over it.

anisometropie 2 weeks, 3 days ago
There is a dramatical difference between a mere 95-96 % precision where I was, and the 99.86% precision where I am now because it requiered I big shift in the way I perceive my result. I feel more calm and relaxed when I’m typing, whereas I used to be stressed and frustrated if my speed and my result was going down.
going at 80wpm seems easy and just really natural when I’m just focusing on precision, whereas it used to be really messy and stress inducing. Sometimes I felt I was going really fast but I was just at 65wpm. right now I feel like I’m going just normally, but it shows 80wpm. It’s a huge shift of mindset and even though the speed isn’t really going up that much, I know I’m working toward some real progress.

anisometropie 2 weeks, 3 days ago
The idea is not giving a shit about your score. have a precise goal in mind, and work on it without paying attention on your score.
Is your goal to work on truly improving your typing skill and make real, long term progress or just want a good score ?
the score is just the average speed between the last 10 test you took, it can go back up as soon as it went down. it’s just an indicator.
My score was 80 at some point an now it’s down to a 70 wpm, but I don’t care, becase I’m working on my precision, right now it’s 99.86% on average for the last 10 games.

garrettm98 2 weeks, 5 days ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I take a ten minute break before returning. Not doing so is a great way to get RSI.

ericxpenner 3 weeks, 5 days ago
Memorize the keyboard as thought it was an extension of your body. Let your fingers output the words the moment they reach your brain.

garrettm98 3 weeks, 5 days ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is ... completely re-learning the keyboard and focusing on accuracy instead of speed.

janette 3 weeks, 5 days ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is...when I learned to type I was in H.S., and we had manual typewriters with all the letters painted over. Our only reference was the big keyboard poster on the wall. It was hard, but I memorized the letters and finger movements, then, practice, practice, practice.
Not being able to look down to see the keys was probably the most helpful part of learning.
Now its 30 years later, and it's much different using computer keyboards, so I am learning again.
Wish me luck!!

user63616 4 weeks ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to try and memorize where the keys are on your keyboard so that you could just know what you need to type and type it as quick as lightning.

user63616 4 weeks ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I shake them up and down, up and down, up and down and then I just type again :P

jordandest 4 weeks, 1 day ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to... just work really hard and have someone there to push you. Eventually, you will get to a better level . I did and my best WPM is 75 at an 100% !

jordandest 4 weeks, 1 day ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I... crack my knuckles and stop practicing for a while until my fingers feel better.

jordandest 4 weeks, 1 day ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is... my teacher. She has been pushing us to do better and we've been keyboarding for a really long time, but this website is a lot of fun and I love adding quotes whenever I can think of one :).

gamely 1 month ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I take a break.

But my fingers never hurt, I keep going and keep going.

jhollister21 1 month ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is...take a typing test in the dark so you will be able to learn where the keys are quickly.

001usamaahmed 1 month ago
I just switched from a flat keyboard on my lappy to a hard protruding
-typist like external keyboard. It hurts my fingers and caused a lag of 5-10 wpm in my typing speed. But I will not give up and m determined to succeed! Hehe haha huhu