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

d_rew 1 day, 3 hours ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is learning to slow down and focus more on accuracy. Having to go back and correct mistakes that shouldn't have even been made in the first place drag down your WPM significantly. Once I didn't have to go back and correct mistakes, my speed skyrocketed. This, along with practice (and a good keyboard, haha) will ensure fast and adequate typing.

nishan 1 day, 4 hours ago
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skjking 1 day, 21 hours ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I... go jogging and drink plenty of water. Come back after refreshing my mind and body to practice some more.

its_your_boy_christian 2 days ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to work hard on your time ad you will get notis it migh not be intinmts but ti will hapion.

typingenthusiast 2 days, 19 hours ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to...do not worry on improving all of a sudden. I've waited a month, typing constantly in non-competitive, non-stressful situations and my average improved by 10 WPM, your speed improves on its own :)

beastier4life 3 days, 15 hours ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is... Practice and getting used to my keyboard over time. I also found that my speed went up when I started to get more accurate and to make less mistakes whilst typing.

jimmy905 5 days, 21 hours ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I... try not to keep going but that is not always the case sometimes i have to keep going and even if i don't want to i just keep going and my hands might hurt but knowing i'll have it done before tomorrow would be good

jadelaine2018 1 week ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is...practice, practice, practice. You can't get very good at anything unless you keep doing it daily. So I make sure to log on once a day even if it is to just type one or two lessons. Keeps your mind SHARP and your skills even SHARPER. Hoping I can contribute to others along the way too!

jadelaine2018 1 week, 1 day ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I...let them rest. There is a proper way to hold your hands up to the keyboard. Some are designed to help improve the position of your wrists. It's best to keep your fingers, hands, and wrists as relaxed as possible.

weab00cancer 1 week, 1 day ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I... Curl up into a small, small sad; no miserable ball on the hard cold wooden floor and then cry myself to sleep right there.

jadelaine2018 1 week, 1 day ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is...PRACTICE. Therefore, a website like this is ideal for someone trying to get back into the swing of things.

jadelaine2018 1 week, 1 day ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to...practice a little bit each day. I don't liked to be timed when I take tests, but that was the method that was used that helped me become faster at typing. So it pays to sometimes time yourself. And see how fast you can get it done without mistakes.

xevoro 1 week, 2 days ago
I've always used a QWERTY keyboard and I can get above 100 wpm quite consistently. Would it be beneficial to switch to a different keyboard style that could potentially increase my speed or no?

user912158 1 week, 4 days ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is just always writing stuff online. Like not on typing websites but just typing on Google Docs or maybe even for projects. When I continued to type I gradually got better.

unrelentingmetaphysical 1 week, 6 days ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to... continue practicing until you get better and better! If you're really devoted, you can do it!

passssss 2 weeks ago
No amount of practice can compare to seeking and looking for every mistake that you make while typing and fixing them. Remember that only perfect practice makes perfect.