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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jeffrioz 4 days, 23 hours ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is practice early in the morning and some at night too. Only 5 tests in a row helps focus my attention.

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milli20 6 days, 19 hours ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, i will gonna try and try to type again ... i will never give up until i reached the speed i wish.

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lsalas94 1 week, 4 days ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I... take a break! flick the wrist a little bit and then keep on typin!!!

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cmstorm 3 weeks, 3 days ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I stech a lit bit, maybe do some other activities for a few minutes and then continue.

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user60886 3 weeks, 3 days ago
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klepling 1 month ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is...slowing down. I know that may sound funny but slowing down and feeling each letter individually as you type helps solidify finger memory. Typing speed increases because you don't have as many mistakes to correct.

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klepling 1 month ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I...take a break and do something else for a while, maybe some stretching, and they tend to bounce back quite well.

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kidjoker 1 month ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is... Not paying attention to what I am writing. Thinking/listening to something else, and letting my eyes, fingers, and brain work on their own on the unconscious level.

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user60617 1 month ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is... by not giving up keep trying, even if i make mistakes keep going. Where i've gotten so far i'm pleased, yes but i want better, i want more.

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user682194 1 month, 1 week ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to... simply practice. I would like to suggest practicing the keys at first rather than just jumping in to the sentences. First let your fingers memorise where every key is. If you need help with that go to (goodtyping.com). After you know where every key is then its just a matter of time before you are typing like a pro. Take it from me I started with only about 13 wpm and now I can type 50 wpm with ease. It all depends on how much you practice and do not get frustrated. Believe me there will be times when you will be so angry that you will want to throw away the keyboard and stop typing. But don't let that frustration and anger get to you. If you can overcome that you will be able to type without any problems.

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user60111 1 month, 4 weeks ago
make a really really long password to login to your computer, something with a lot of random characters.

Force yourself to type it in as fast as possible when you login, some of my passwords are over 60 characters.

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smith23kan 1 month, 4 weeks ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to...practice and the typing practice with the random letters...not making words, just typing the letters or symbols...hard to do!

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arti_357 2 months, 1 week ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I... dramatically slow down because if I try to maintain the same speed I'll tend to make more mistakes than usual.

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tabi_2021 2 months, 1 week ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to...
don't try to type fast. If you try, II realized I go slower than if I am not trying to go fast.

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ssmith 2 months, 1 week ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I take time to relax. It is good to take breaks so that you don't hurt yourself.

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