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

iloveme 3 weeks, 3 days ago
hey yall back with another update bc I know yall missed me so basically life has been CRAY with college apps and everything else but yalllll I'm back to give u more things to type because I know yall love me typing up my little song lyrics kk byeee see ya in a few months -3-

user673107 3 weeks, 5 days ago
During my short time here at Keyhero.com, I've found that the letters that confuse me are u and y, b and n, c and v, r and t. I'm new to touch typing and I'm trying to master these letters.

lenoriteflipped 1 month ago
Hoping to pass 40 wpm on ytrewq soon, I started to average over 35 then fatigued back down. I am glancing at the keyboard a lot and this is still a lot slower than what I started at on qwrerty.

lenoriteflipped 1 month ago
I have turned off the lights to type and am finding it very challenging. My WPM has dropped for now from this, but I think it will help me better learn the positions.

stillsoflife 1 month ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to never look at the keyboard. Never ever. Once you peek at the keyboard, it's like a trap, you might start looking down sub-consciously and it might become a habit. Even when you've forgot where the key is, open the notepad and practice but don't look.

user104355 1 month ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to keep practicing, don't stop. I literally thought I don't have it when I first switched to an ergo split keyboard, that I will never be able to detach from my old keyboard... Now I look back and I think to myself: 'Ha, what a weakling'. Of course I can, I always could and so can you. We rock!

grant24 1 month, 2 weeks ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I... don't do anything. I continue to type. I type all day now. If I stop I become unemployed. Life is good.

venerated 1 month, 3 weeks ago
not sure if it'd be better to reply to you on your profile or here, but I hope you end up seeing this message.

in my journey through typing I got over my bottlenecks by doing the following two things:

1: sacrificing everything for speed:
this website doesn't really allow it because it forces you to stop when you make a mistake, but you can get the same stimulus by making a custom typing test on Monkeytype such so that it has harder words in it. I recommend grinding the top 25K corpus

2: try to consciously push yourself as much as possible in every practice session:
this is mainly done through psychological self-conditioning, and the mark of it is dreading your next session, because it goes from mind-numbing repetition to active practice that is decently challenging

that's all. gl

userjeff 2 months ago
My typing speed still isn't great but alot better than it was. Maybe equally important is I now enjoy typing because I forced myself to learn the correct technique. Ive improved by visiting this site once a week and trying to type five passages in a row, meeting at least 95% accuracy on each one.

user99773 2 months ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is this amazing website and having the courage to push myself to practice every day even if it's for a few minutes.

user99773 2 months, 1 week ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I try to put them in the water for some time and I simulate typing in the air and all the pain goes away and I feel ready to another round with keyhero.

geeman_henry 2 months, 1 week ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is... practicing with the programming typing practice. Everything else comes together.

wrench1 2 months, 2 weeks ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I keep on going and smash my keyboard when -surprise surprise- I can't type accurately.

kheng 2 months, 2 weeks ago
@cordae_g yo, what's up?

@harshashettigar that's superb if you can do it, it took me 7 years to do (slowly), but take your time, type slow for accuracy first!

harshashettigar 2 months, 3 weeks ago
@Kheng I have been trying to increase my typing speed for the past 1 year. Actually, I started touch typing from past one year. I feel there is improvement in my typing speed but I am unable to reach the 60 WPM consistently.

supernova1750 2 months, 3 weeks ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is selling my soul to the immortal deity of my dreams. Self acceptance is also helping me. It helped me get a vision for my life, being able to actually see myself dying happy at the end of my natural life!