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

aguthadeus 2 weeks, 6 days ago
Still stuck at around 40's WPM 3 weeks after being comfortably stable typing at that speed, so far I don't think I am improving that much

mkhughes179 3 weeks, 2 days ago
Focus on a strategy that works for you, don't feel pressured to type like everyone else, find a way that works for you, and build up from there. :)

fwaldes 3 weeks, 2 days ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I... have to swivel my wrist and stretch my palms and fingers for a few moments.

m.hafeez1 3 weeks, 3 days ago
constantly take typing tests, keep practicing and learn new techniques which help you push keyboard buttons quicker.

Don't worry one day you will type like a KING.

jesscxc 3 weeks, 4 days ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to...
always focus on accuracy, not speed. If you want to type faster in a year, focus on accuracy. Invest attention in what you're doing.

milohax 3 weeks, 5 days ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is... learning to touch-type, instead of hunt-and-peck.

But QWERTY is too crazy to learn, except by osmosis. So instead I decided to learn Dvorak, which is logical, and efficient (for English at least). It took me only 2 weeks to learn it because it makes sense, and then after one month I was back at my old hunt-and-peck speed. Now I can type around 70-80 WPM with 90-95% accuracy.

But that was never really my aim. I just wanted the shooting pains in my arms to stop, and was too cheap to get an "ergonomic" keyboard. Dvorak really helped me there.

milohax 3 weeks, 5 days ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I.... Wait. That never happens. I don't type QWERTY, so my fingers don't have to do weird contortions.

user751476 3 weeks, 5 days ago
I'm still trying to hit the 100 wpm mark and I can't seem to get it yet. I know that I have to be 100% accurate to even get it which would give me the 3rd star. I'm using both a laptop keyboard and a blue cherry-mx switch keyboard but that still doesn't get my wpm up. Lately, I've been taking dips in my wpm too. Usually, I would garner 70-80 wpm and occasionally a 90 and above. I just can't get to that 100 though. I know there's a flow I must follow but I always stutter in that rhythm so I don't know how to fix that.

jesscxc 3 weeks, 5 days ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is...
always keeping fingers on the keyboard, but not necessarily moving them after typing until necessary.

depressedmango14 4 weeks, 1 day ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I... eat watermelon and watch the saddest things on youtube cause I have no feeling

slittlepage 1 month ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I stretch them out and crack my knuckles although, I know that probably won't be such a good idea for the future. At that point, I know that it is time for me to take a break from typing and choose another activity, and get back on the computer later.

erolius 1 month ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to...focus on accuracy! Believe it or not, I get the same speed (if not higher) when I focus on accuracy compared to when I try too hard to type super speedy.

user64859 1 month ago
WQhen my fingers hurt too mucy after too much time on the keyboard.
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user72383 1 month ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I Making cartoons means very hard work at every step of the way, but creating a successful cartoon character is the hardest work of all.

sweethamsters27 1 month ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to... PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE
also, make sure your accuracy is sorted out (as i didn't and have regretted it!)

willjune 1 month, 1 week ago
Sup. If anyone else finds this page, tell me about your history with typing? I took a typing course in High School and that was the beginning of my interest in typing quickly. Also, where are you from? I'm from Texas. :)