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

justanothernumber 5 days, 6 hours ago
After a course with a big old typing machine I had learned how to type with 10 fingers. Practising the mistakes helps me keep my skill.

rafrarambotechno 5 days, 22 hours ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to... Practice, know your home keys and know your numbers and symbols. Take the time to be accurate first, then work on speed.

dragonphire234 1 week, 2 days ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to not be dumb, be determined, and most of all, train at a steady pace that siuts you each day!

user849923 2 weeks, 5 days ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is... to be nice
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solobeast 2 weeks, 6 days ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to...Play alot of Video Games, Such as league of legends, Counter Strike, H1Z1, ARMA 1-3. Doesnt really matter what, Just play the crap out of it.

cleokaraka2003 3 weeks, 1 day ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard I - Relax. Stop smashing the keys and just press lightly on the keys. If it is really painful take a break and do something else for a little while.

cleokaraka2003 3 weeks, 1 day ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is - When you first start don't go hard out try start slow then go faster and faster. Then try to stay focus at all times an try not to get distracted but if you can type with out looking then it is ok. Also when you get sore hands after typing a lot don't stop carry on so you can get the hang of it. Type smoothly not aggressively and then your speed will improve. Look at the four first words or three so then you don't have to keep looking what to type. If you come to a hard letter don't stress cause your WPM and accuracy is going to go down do It slow then pick up the paste again you will be fine. If you are a starter it is ok to get heaps wrong on the first couple of round but then you will get the hang of it then you will be able to type fast.

user64657 4 weeks, 1 day ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I...keep going its worth it. before you know it you will be done and pretty proud

nareshkhurana50 1 month ago
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jaremill 1 month ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to... stay relaxed as possible and don't try to hard; speed will come in time. Trying too hard to type really fast at first will only result in choppy typing, more mistakes, a slower wpm, and will just make you frustrated. Calm down and let your fingers glide through. Type smoothly not aggressively and eventually your speed will improve.

Practice & patience is the key!!

tax_fluter26 1 month ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is... Mavis Beacon. I received a cd of her method when I was eight or nine, and loved it. I would still be using her software if not for the simple fact that it is not compatible with the current Mac OS. Great stuff! Am I weird for saying that?

tax_fluter26 1 month, 1 week ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I... they don't. This is way too much like playing the flute for my fingers to be in pain. No, what hurts are my wrists because I have carpal tunnel. And there is no easy fix for that, is there?

yanik 1 month, 2 weeks ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I take a break and let my fingers rest. i do not practice typing intensively but I rather practice extensively but with less in one sitting that helps

yanik 1 month, 2 weeks ago
practice the right way (right touch typing) A LOT it improves over time by practice i learned touch typing i started to use touch typing back then i was only in 20s now I am at 60s and it really imroves over time for me that was 3 months of about 10 minutes daily practice

001usamaahmed 1 month, 2 weeks ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to... Be consistent. I have set aside 15-mins of my daily time for improving my typing skills! And yes I'm seeing results.!

user64657 1 month, 2 weeks ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I... give them a break and let them rest. cause if they hurt that means they have been put to good use.