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

angelbot 1 day, 7 hours ago
@s155621 Well if you spend more time typing when you're online, the more you will remember the keyboard, and if you can get into touch typing, like me, you can look at the screen more, and get better grammar and such. Just have patience :)

angelbot 2 days, 7 hours ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is typing itself. If i didn't know what typing was I wouldn't be here typing at the moment.

angelbot 5 days, 6 hours ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I... give my hands a break. Heck, these are my hands, if I didn't have them i wouldn't be typing right now. Care for your hands, they're trying their best.

epwoodside 5 days, 19 hours ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to...first learn where each key is at. That way you don't have to rely on looking at the keyboard.

fiona94 6 days, 5 hours ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is initially slowing down to concentrate on accuracy. Once my accuracy was better I naturally got faster at typing.

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misakaimouto 6 days, 17 hours ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is...
Fixing my damn accuracy. If you make mistakes you lose time. There's a point where you're near 120wpm but you're making mistakes, preventing you from going past an average of ~90wpm.

jyotheeswaran 1 week, 1 day ago
The punctuation,capital letters and small letters usage, numbers usage in the paragraph. these are improved my typing speed and accuracy. I love this site because of those reasons. Thanks to the team of WORD PER MINUTE.

mateoleo 1 week, 2 days ago
Just practice everyday, once or twice in 30 minutes, or if you want you can go a full hour of just typing to make sure you know where all the keys are on the keyboard.

minimoges 1 week, 3 days ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to
just keep doing it over and over again. The only thing you can do is improve, you can never take a step backwards/.

gravitymack 1 week, 4 days ago
I love typing and sadly will miss keys alot because i usually use a chrome but right now am using a Dell and the delete and certain keys are furter or closer than they usually are. I hope to do my best on this app!

fourloafcleaver 1 week, 5 days ago
I grew up with a computer so typing is a lot faster than writing. I like to type up long assignments for school than writing them because I can finish it so much faster.

user48779 2 weeks ago
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geoffhuang 2 weeks ago
When I am playing typing games, I usually just push myself towards a higher speed because it is funner (accuracy will go down a bit)

When I originally learned to type "fast" from multiplayer games with in-game chat, I picked up a lot of bad habits, like using the wrong fingers for punctuation, and not being able to type dashes or parentheses, etc. When I first started typing games, I just focused on going faster. Eventually though, I hit a roadblock and needed to correct the bad fingerings and learn to type special characters (like quotation marks), so I had to force myself to slow down and accept that my wpm will be slower if I wanted to fix these mistakes.

geoffhuang 2 weeks, 1 day ago
I got to 110 naturally just from playing a lot of computer games.

I went from 110 to 150 probably from one year of playing typing games.

xraygoggles 2 weeks, 3 days ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to...keep your hand relaxed, practice every day, avoid looking down at the keyboard unless you lose proper finger positioning, and hover your fingers slightly above the ASDF JKL; keys. Good luck!