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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dauofsoul 3 days, 12 hours ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I read for a little bit until they feel refreshed. Then I get back to it.

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ksteinman5 6 days, 13 hours ago
Having a nerve disorders has made my keyboarding terrible,
with my fingers being stiff my accuracy has suffered and I need it to get better for my career. Does anyone have any ideas about strengthening or stretches for the fingers?

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user57764 1 week, 6 days ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to... keep on practicing , this is the only way to make it in your academics of typng in the world of tech

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this 2 weeks, 2 days ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to write in a "stream of consciousness" style, then kindly refrain from posting the result on the internet.

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user48019 3 weeks, 4 days ago
The number one thing to help you increase your typing speed is to know your keyboard that means you have to know the keys without looking at them. I have to say that you are going to make mistakes but eventually you will get better.

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user56295 4 weeks, 1 day ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I remember my friends from the typing pool at Rotorua's Queen Elizabeth Hospital where I worked in the 1980's, They were full time typists typing pages and pages of documents every day. The only device I used in those days was the electronic calculator issued to me to balance the monthly hospital budget ledger for the Budget Officer. I had basic typing skills then, but had been appointed to a role as 'Special Duties Clerk.' On my calculator I only made use of my right hand.

This application is excellent to revive my skills in typing and help me reach better levels of speed and accuracy in typing.

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ayame 1 month, 3 weeks ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to keep practicing. You don't need to be very persistent to improve (e.g you don't need to practice every day), you just need to practice in your spare time. If you practice in your spare time, you will improve gradually over time.

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hawks_win 2 months, 1 week ago
Don't focus on speed. Focus on familiarity. Type more often and speed will naturally come.
I use my left hand for "y"... It's a bad habit. Probably could type faster if I used my right hand instead.

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angeljoe 3 months, 1 week ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I have to leave it alone maybe 5 to 10 min get a little snack and drink maybe dance around or do something that doesn't involve typing then when i'm ready ill type again but my fingers don't get tired alot i'm on the computer everyday so i get use to it

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greeneyes64 3 months, 2 weeks ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is...To keep typing over and over again. If you make mistakes just go correct them and keep practicing and doing the best you can do. You will get better the more you practice!

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user55901 3 months, 3 weeks ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to...sit the f*** down and just type. Don't crack your fingers either because that is not going to help and just do you for like a good hour a day.

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user46952 3 months, 3 weeks ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to write quite a lot. Just write whenever you have the mood or just write quotes in a document daily depending on your mood. This increases your typing ability and you have better typing skills and can blindly type anything.

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user763023 3 months, 4 weeks ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to...
It is always better to type slowly and accurately than to type inaccurately but at a faster speed.

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melaniemcd722 5 months, 1 week ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is...Practice, practice, practice. It is very important to make logging in a working at it a part of your daily routine!

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mbritb 5 months, 1 week ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is...Instant Messaging a lot (when it was "the thing" to do) then I worked in a call center and had to put in tickets for each and every call. The quicker you typed, the faster the ticket was done. Doing that around 50 times a day, 5 days a week - I got quick - fast!

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chapstickbomber 5 months, 1 week ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I...

I get up and pace for about 5 minutes. Or maybe I start to actually do some work. But usually I just keep typing until my performance has degraded so much that I have to suddenly do one of those things.

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