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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cacapipi 4 hours, 50 minutes ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is... Being mad at people on a MMORPG game, having to explain situations and doing some diplomacy stuff. Good times

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andrewhope 2 days, 15 hours ago
Practice makes perfect, the more often you type the faster you get. Also having a good keyboard technique works.

I can't type in traditional query fashion. It hurts my wrists. Normally I'm "hovering" over the keys hence my accuracy is always around 90%. I've recently found a new style for me.

I've recently developed a sort of "dancing" style with my hands, the they're moving around on the keyboard, depending on what I'm typing. Sometimes my right hand does the full stop, sometimes my left-hand does it.

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e.s.t.h.e.r___2 3 days, 12 hours ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to...
>Always be determined.
>Never loose hope.
>Always be focused.

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llamalland 4 days, 20 hours ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I would get really worried because my setup is really ergonomic. But luckily, they don't.

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user74789 1 week, 1 day ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is...
practice accuracy rater than speed.

I read that the next step would be to hit some combos with the fingers that you should't type them with if it is way faster for instance "tre" typed by placing pointer finger on T an follow with the fingers as they are without moving them until the combo is done.

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user74789 1 week, 1 day ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I...
This never happens as I am using a Realforce 87u variable weight ;)

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user75397 1 week, 4 days ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is... expanding my vocabulary. I type faster when I know how to spell, say, and define the words I'm typing.

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ibonilla3 1 week, 5 days ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I need to rest them or they cramped up, how to make your typing better any advice?

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potatofries 2 weeks, 1 day ago
Ok so I wouldn't say that typing fast is easy. Nor am I the best. But the key would be practising. I'm not that fast of a typer and I mainly do this for fun. But as it's said. Practice does make perfect.

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mr_rock12 2 weeks, 2 days ago
I'm facing a problem in this typing test site because it starts to calculate the time when i click on typing test practice, it don't sense the key press it just start calculating the time from that moment when i enter for a typing test. It should start calculating the time when i press any key from the keyboard. Due to this reason i was much worried about my average typing speed on this site while on other sites my average typing speed is 53wpm (words per minute). You should fix this error as soon as you can.

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keerthana.j 2 weeks, 4 days ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is... giving more tries and focusing on the accuracy rather than the speed. Only when you press the right button your context will be right! With more tries your speed will improve!!

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fancy_thinking 2 weeks, 4 days ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is... practice, practice, practice! It's all about muscle memory, like playing the piano.

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mohamadjamil03 3 weeks ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to focus on accuracy rather than raw speed. I know it sounds silly, but take your time with typing and focus on hitting the right keys as opposed to hitting the keys as quickly as possible. Once you have the accuracy down, focus on increasing that raw speed!

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exodia275 3 weeks, 1 day ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I... use a couple of stretching techniques I found on the internet to clear some of the pressure and wash my hands (preferably in hot water).

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andrewhope 3 weeks, 2 days ago
A good bit of music helps to pass the time. I didn't always touch type. I learned with a program called Mavis Beacon. What really got me ahead was memorising the layout of the keyboard, over time I developed a typing speed from around 30 wpm to 90 wpm. I can type faster, but I can constantly type over 80 wpm with around 95% accuracy which makes me happy enough

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