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



xcaribearyx 9 hours, 10 minutes ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed was cutting my long fingernails to an acceptable length! It also improved my accuracy.

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jonnathan9 1 day, 5 hours ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to... take a break after every typing test you do. That way you can become better than anybody else

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kash757 2 days, 8 hours ago
I had a job for 15 years. I used codes to make notes. Now learning to type all over again... is frustrating. I found that keeping my hands hovering over the keyboard helped me to improve my accuracy. I haven't started with the numbers row, cause I can't get my pinky to go all over the place. Working for improvement is all I can do.

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nicolinafp 3 days, 15 hours ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I... take a break and massage some lotion into them. When I return to my keyboard, I ensure that my hand position is more ergonomical.

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chrusto 6 days, 21 hours ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I.... This doesn't usually happen to me because I don't type to often. I also am trying to switch from the QWERTY keyboard layout to the Workman keyboard layout because I heard it is more ergonomic!

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user80288 1 week, 4 days ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I flex them, get some blood back into them, and then maybe take a bit of a break soaking my hands in warm water.

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rayclaire 1 week, 5 days ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I play Arcaea instead and feel the friction burn on my fingertips because I make poor life decisions.

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welljeezscoob 2 weeks ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is... stress from Assessments at school, so I've learned how to type fast to get my assessments in on time.

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markstos 3 weeks, 6 days ago
I don't look at the live speed and accuracy stats while I'm typing anyway. Disabling those updates could also improve the latency of the highlighting updates.

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markstos 3 weeks, 6 days ago
Why I type fast, I notice the highlighting has trouble keeping up, which makes it easier to lose my place.

Performance analysis shows a fair amount of time is spent in calls within jQuery and React.

I wonder how much more performant the site would be if raw JavaScript was used to update the UI during typing without using React or jQuery.

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julieta_ayala 1 month ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I... Stop typing for a while and relax by watching something or reading a book.

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slop 1 month ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I like to take a small break. Then during that small break I will type a message to who knows. I'll send it off with lightning speed in hopes that this does something good. I wish to achieve more than 50 WPM because I would like to be my own boss one day. So to be the boss, you got to be the boss of yourself Mr. 100WPM man. ...

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deezedd 1 month, 2 weeks ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I...
just try to find the inner peace which will rejenuvate the internal soul of mine

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the-moose 1 month, 2 weeks ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is to not try to improvise on typing tests. They cause stress and force mistakes that wouldn't have happened when you are stress-free. It is better to work normally and the speed will increase automatically as your brain becomes more familiar with the keyboard layout.

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k4r1n1t3_ch3m15t 1 month, 3 weeks ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to just type a lot. My speed has been steadily increasing over the past few weeks and the only thing I've been doing to practice is to do the tests for about 1 to 3 hours a day.

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eminemfan 1 month, 3 weeks ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to... Slow down. I mean it. I slowed down and for the first time I hit 60 WPM. I think it is because when I slowed down I was able to keep a steady pace and make less errors. I also think that if you practice on slow first you will outperform when you speed up.

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