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.

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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

user52883 3 weeks, 6 days ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is... practicing common words and combinations of letters. I doubled my wpm in two weeks I feel that I will reach my goal and surpass it within a month.

java329 1 month ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is...pay attention to the item you are typing from. Don't look at your fingers. Read each letter instead of just the word.

bpurnell18 1 month ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I...stop, shake my fingers, bend my hands back and forth, sit back relax or get up for a few minutes. I sit back down, sit straight up and continue to type.

blue_flower4 1 month ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to use typing lessons before you go and types the quotes. The typing lessons help improve your speed and accuracy. If you continue using the typing lessons and this website your speed and accuracy with definitely improve.

clarencebrown1990 1 month, 2 weeks ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I let my finger rest, I do crack my knuckles which i heard is suppose to give you arthritis. So I definitely know, don't crack your knuckles.

clarencebrown1990 1 month, 3 weeks ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to practice muscle memory until you know where every letter is on the board without looking.

leam_goddess 2 months ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is... patient practice and unambitious approach, yet with clear goal in mind. No expectations means no disappointment.

chicks73 2 months, 2 weeks ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to...constantly hold your hands in qwerty keyboard typing position while watching tv or listening to the radio. Pretend that you are typing what you hear the entire time you are listening. It helps you to exercise your finger muscles and helps to create speed and accuracy in your typing.

mnitashunka 2 months, 4 weeks ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is not to over think, don't look at someone else's speed and try to skip there. Just move at your own pace.

mnitashunka 2 months, 4 weeks ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I take a rest. And by that time I am all charged up and ready to keep going. So don't give up!!!

joshuaothmer 3 months ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to try out different positions when typing and to not look at the keyboard. Also, drink lots of Red Bull, helps alot.

chanyphilly87 3 months ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is...using Typing Test and realizing just how much I'd come to rely on auto-correct over the years.

user46393 3 months, 1 week ago
I really improved my skill on both counts : speed and accuracy. Thank you so much for all the wonderful quotes I enjoyed typing and equally getting motivated and inspired with the great messages.

jdicks1990 3 months, 1 week ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I... take a break! Get a drink of water. Anything with sugar keeps my mind wondering. Water sorta calms it.

dmarie239 3 months, 2 weeks ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is...sitting up straight, feet to the floor, elbows at my side, eyes only on the text and never on the keys, doing exactly what my 8th grade teacher taught me to do.

dmarie239 3 months, 2 weeks ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I... That is the most ridiculous statement anybody could say! No matter how fast a person can type, their fingers will NEVER hurt. That's like saying that a person's lungs hurt from breathing too much.