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

t4try 4 days, 3 hours ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to...
Don't rush, don't stress it just enjoy the typing, do as little as 5 minutes or 10 minutes daily practice, then gradually shift as you see your progress, right now I practice 20 minute can't say everyday but I don't leave it more than 2 days.

t4try 4 days, 3 hours ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is...
Being focused while typing, taking notes of bad cases I found my right hand was slow than my left, my left could type faster than right so alphabets on left appeared first. Currently training my right hand to be at same pace.

user92795 1 week, 1 day ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is...
Logging on every day for 15 minutes or so to warm up for my WFH job.

vyshakkriss 2 weeks, 2 days ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to
Keep typing until you fingers says " Please, stop for today".
Do not think about speed, because speed will automatically follow you once you start typing correct.
So, focus on typing correct rather than speed.
Quantity over Quality.

curby 2 weeks, 4 days ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I... usually continue typing, thinking that it's some sort of endurance training. However, practicing tired isn't necessarily the best way to improve your typing skills. I find that my accuracy decreases as my fingers get tired.

sabih.gh 4 weeks ago
Ok don't think anyone would stumble upon this but if you do here are some tips that can help with typing in general.

1. If you are a beginner then first make sure that you are confident with touch typing (don't look at the keyboard).

2. Choose or write a quote that contains most of the easy and common words used and type it multiple times until you become completely confident with typing easy words. Note that accuracy is one of the most important aspects of typing so don't go for speed go for accuracy and speed will come with it.

3. After gaining confidence start typing random quotes on this website (Which is the best website for improving speed imo) and type every day for about an hour and remember accuracy is key. This routine will help to reach speeds of 80-120 in around 6 months to a year.

user74386 4 weeks, 1 day ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is... Constant Practice. That is the only way to do it. You will feel bored, irritated at times when things don't go as expected. But you have to keep on practicing. Eventually it will pay off and you will notice the improvement by yourself.

trainer8808 1 month ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is getting a better keyboard. For instance, a mechanical keyboard. It has red switches. Also, practice a lot. Like I do. :)

mash56 1 month ago
A good tip is to make sure your vocabulary and reading skill is good too, since you're typing what's on the screen, your speed will be faster if all you have to do is glance as the words and then are able to focus on spelling them out on the keyboard rather than focusing on reading and typing at the same time

user88889 1 month ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is... just taking tests whenever I can, sometimes taking slow strokes helps with accuracy.

dylan_ray_core26 1 month ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I...take a quick break and just pop my fingers then after like 1 to 2 minutes I get back to work

cr4ziib4bii 1 month ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I take a break away from the computer keyboard. Although practice will improve your typing speed, you're not going to achieve much if your fingers hurt. So take a break, make yourself a cup of tea and re-centre yourself. It's important to care for your fingers and your mind.

cr4ziib4bii 1 month ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to stay relaxed and not get anxious when you make a mistake. Mistakes are simply opportunities to learn and improve ourselves. So, just be proud of the progress you're making no matter how fast or slow that may be.

curry 1 month ago
Practice every single day, seriously every single day. If you're slow at first, focus on accuracy. When you focus on accuracy, you minimize any bad typing habits i.e using 2 fingers, looking at the keyboard too much, making a lot of mistakes, reaching too far for a certain letter, etc.

monochromeocean 1 month, 1 week ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is consistent practice and doing lots of races on typeracer.com. This website is also cool I guess...

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