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

starlord 14 hours, 25 minutes ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to...go to typeracer.com practice for some 3 months to a year and you will be at like 60 words per minute

slavetical 6 days, 7 hours ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to...keep at it and focus on accuracy. Develop a good pace and stretch to hit the awkward positions, even if it feels weird at first. As with everything in life, practice is crucial.

inasser 1 week, 4 days ago
My tip to improve typing speed is to improve your accuracy. So you have to concentrate more.. Also try to listen to music while typing; it really helped me a lot.

mage_of_cats 2 weeks ago
When my hands hurt from typing too quickly for extended periods of time, I watch YouTube videos and giggle the day away. I find that not using my hands for a period of time really helps with the pain.

tracey 3 weeks ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I... try to direct my focus on my eye sight, because if I have spent enough time on the keyboard to make my fingers hurt, I know that my eyes must be straining to keep focused... and this can only end in one way....... a throbbing headache. FYI many short sessions is better than one long session any day.

heathermariewillmore 3 weeks, 5 days ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I...put them on a heating blanket or when I was in school I would just clench my hand in to a fist over and over again until, they loosened up.

darlove 1 month ago
My advice is as simple as it only can be: PRACTISE. Because there isn't and cannot be simpler. Period. Sorry, there is no royal way to touch-typing. As there isn't to Science.

auyongcw 1 month ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is...practice, practice, practice! I try to spend at least 5 minutes each day typing but I started to hit a wall at about 60+ wpm. Then I saw marc3's data on typing speed vs accuracy and decided to focus solely on improving my accuracy average. As a result my typing speed naturally went up! So thankful for all the interesting and helpful data on this site. I also use Typing Meter to track my commonly mistyped characters so that I can pay more attention to the troublemakers when I'm typing.

user40637 1 month, 2 weeks ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is...is using white out on the keyboard and then just typing on some tests or just having conversations on Facebook, or Messenger. This was the only thing that works for me, try it sometime if you are having trouble remembering the keys...

user40637 1 month, 2 weeks ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I ... usually run them under some cold water for about five or six minutes, to numb them a bit. Than i add some novocaine to soothe the burn that comes after the numb wears off. Than it's back to the old key stroking.

hellocattie 1 month, 2 weeks ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is to understand what will you type. You somehow know what it is all about so you don't forget where to place the punctuation marks.

user58143 1 month, 3 weeks ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is the need to slightly slow down and first focus on my accuracy. And even my accuracy still needs some improvement.

dauofsoul 2 months 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.

ksteinman5 2 months 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?

user57764 2 months, 1 week 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

this 2 months, 2 weeks 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.