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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user67887 1 day, 2 hours ago
This site has helped me improving my typing skill, by having me get used to my own typing style in speed and accuracy, not only that, I also get to know new quote.

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mirandahembree3 1 week, 1 day ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I... stop and take a deep breath pop my fingers clear my head and get my head back in the game and get my typing speed and average up

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user67887 2 weeks ago
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laceeleslie 2 weeks, 1 day ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to practice blindfolding in typing on keyboard. It may be a typewriter, computer, laptop, or netbook, as long as you have that equipment to enhance your typing skills. Errors at first may be natural, but in the end you'll succeed. Push and try harder! God bless

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catheryn.pfeife 3 weeks ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to...use all hands on the keyborad and to also rember the keyboard so u can get it all memorized in ur head

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santosh011 1 month ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I...quit the web portal and start searching something else on the web like jokes etc.

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emmett 1 month ago
You can look at the keyboard every now and then, but try to keep looking at the screen. I did this for a few years, and it seriously works!

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jmusic25 1 month, 2 weeks ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to... relax as much as possible and stop thinking so much and just letting my fingers flow across the keyboard.

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shila327 2 months ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is... by listening to music and typing at the same time and it would get done faster.

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mundadarti27 2 months, 1 week ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is...
i have just ystarted and m sure it will help me to take a long way really thankful

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dvorah 2 months, 1 week ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is to not really focus on the meaning of the words I type, but just typing the words I see. When I try to focus on the meaning of the words or passage, then I lose concentration and am more prone to make more mistakes. Also, practice typing a lot. There is no substitute for practicing. Practice a lot.

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dvorahlipidoth 2 months, 1 week ago
I'm just wondering why I get such a high score on this site, but when I do a typing test at an employment center, I get a considerably lower score.

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dvorahlipidoth 2 months, 2 weeks ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to keep practicing. There is no substitution for practice. Also, learn not to think about the words you are typing. If you do so, then you get distracted and make mistakes.

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randy 2 months, 2 weeks ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is looking at what you type while also reading what you're supposed to type. If you can do those at the same time, game over.

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micromeep 2 months, 3 weeks ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I would get up, stretch my body a bit, get some water to drink, squeeze a stretch ball a few times in each hand, then get back to work.

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s8682301 3 months, 1 week ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to...understand where your fingers are going and really focus on what you are going to write about dont rush take your time and if the time running out thats good because you are just now an begginer and it is okay to get few mispelled words just take your time and you will be fine

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