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



beer0 3 days, 6 hours ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I put them in rice with vanilla ice cream and let them sit there until I go to the church

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hokumsrazor 1 week ago
Slow is fast. Focus on cadence and fluidity. Key location should be intuitive rather than memorized. Absolute speed is nothing without accuracy. The speed will come. Practical application of typing is more a marathon than a sprint.

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cramos2003 1 week, 3 days ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is focusing on learning what keys I am using and using a keyboard I enjoy typing on as well as the abundance of tests and practice that I have used since I found this site.

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albertanders 1 week, 5 days ago
Been practicing less these past 2 weeks and just using tests as a warmup before typing things for work.

Consistently hitting upper 80s/low 90s during casual runs and almost never under 70 for even the most troubled runs under the worst conditions.

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milessaintborough 1 week, 6 days ago
Not everyone will be able to type at the speed of light on their first few tries. It takes a long time and a lot of practice to be able to type quickly with little to no errors. As your typing skills grow, so will your confidence. With both skill and confidence, you will be able to type like no one's business!

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pabloistyping 1 week, 6 days ago
I usually type in a weird way and get about 80 WPM. I want to learn the "normal" way to hopefully reach better speeds eventually. Long way to go.

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channah1973 1 week, 6 days ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is typing at a lower table, so that my arms are more level. I put my keyboard on a TV tray whenever possible.

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lowewrites 2 weeks, 4 days ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I read. No matter what I read I just read. It's learning that's the goal, the trick. I think too many people get tired of writing all day and just decide to stop working. Reading takes work. And it takes work to read. You learn and you grow, and then you write about that experience.

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user76622 3 weeks, 2 days ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to... when you typed the word don't worry about any mistake just typed the world fast in this way your typing speed is going to be good

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albertanders 3 weeks, 6 days ago
Consistent practice even at around 20 min a day, or a few passages to warm up before work does wonders.

I am now at 75-100 wpm - having the passage displayed in large letters is also very helpful. Correct ergonomics and a comfortable work station is also essential.

But most importantly of all just remain patient with yourself - as you practice the muscle memory quite literally melds into your typing and it becomes faster and more accurate with less effort.

It is also essential to practice mindfully and concentrate on what fingers are moving instead of just passively drifting.

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manas7 1 month ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to concentrate more on accuracy than speed.... It helps much more than increasing your speed.... I've increased my speed by 15 WPM in just 7-10 days in this method.

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mattman2255 1 month ago
Hey thanks. The funny thing is, I never intended for that to be Yoda. I just thought a nonsensical quote that didn't follow proper structure and had made up words might be challenging to type. Originally the author was entered as anonymous. Someone else changed it, so I figured I'd keep it.

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albertanders 1 month ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed has been practicing consistently on the same mechanical keyboard. I use comfortable PBT keycaps with linear Gateron switches.

My typing speed has been around 50-60 wpm for years now and with a few hours of practice over the past 3 weeks has steadily climbed to around 75-90 wpm. I've actually noticed that I am much better while taking notes at work and electronically journaling.

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neverquit 1 month ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I... take a break and either read, listen to some good music, surf the internet, or chat with loved ones on the phone or over the internet. Thanks for listening.

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nbur4556 1 month ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I just keep going. Don't really do anything about it until my arms and shoulders start hurting and it starts affecting my scores. Then I'll finally stop. It's probably not good...

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dog69 1 month ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I eat lots and lots of cheese, candies, and junk food to help myself feel better.

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